Qualification Information

Sector: Hairdressing and Barbering Category: Barbering
VTCT Product Code: AH30240 GLH: 431 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/1484/2 Units: 8 - 18 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 52

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering is an occupational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed men's hairdresser. This qualification is based on barbering National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading barbering association (British Barbering Association - BBA) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a senior men's hairdresser. Learners should hold a Level 2 qualification in barbering prior to undertaking this qualification.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This qualification forms part of a suite of barbering qualifications. At 431 - 493 guided learning hours (GLH), this qualification is larger than the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering Studies. Whilst both qualifications qualify learners to become senior men's hairdressers, this qualification in Barbering requires learners to achieve more units and develop a greater breadth of technical skills.

Hence, this qualification is most suitable for learners who wish to focus the majority of their Study Programme on men's hairdressing. In contrast, the Barbering Studies qualification is more suited to learners who wish to undertake a Level 3 barbering qualification alongside other smaller qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group, builds on existing knowledge and understanding of barbering and will develop an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare learners for employment as a senior men's hairdresser. Learners will have their barbering skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as an advanced men's hairdresser including: health and safety; client consultation; advanced cutting and; selling products and services to clients. These units are all mandatory.

Learners will further develop their understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: hair colour correction; specialist scalp services and treatments; perming and colouring - the full list of optional units is presented in the learner Record of Assessment book (RoA) (specification). This qualification's structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway as a senior men's hairdresser

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hairdressing Council.

Career opportunities as an senior men's hairdresser exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Commercial barbershops/salons
- Specialist African type hair barbershops/salons
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- Product manufacturing and training
- Television, film, theatre and media
- Armed services
- HM prison service
- Cruise liners

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a senior men's hairdresser, learners may choose to develop their skills base further by undertaking advanced specialist qualifications at Level 4, including:

- VTCT Level 4 Award in Creative Male Grooming
- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Salon Management
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management
- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Specialist Hair and Scalp Services
- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Hair Colour Correction

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Units - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 5 components and earn a minimum of 20 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30435 J/601/5337 Promote and sell products and services to clients 3 4 34
UV30491 R/600/8780 Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon 3 4 29
UV30506 H/600/9061 Hairdressing consultation support for colleagues 3 3 30
UV30507 K/600/9062 Cut men's hair to create a variety of looks 3 5 44
UV30508 D/600/9060 Cut facial hair to create a variety of looks 3 4 32

Optional Units - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 32 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30452 R/601/5342 Research in the hair and beauty sector 3 7 44
UV30459 A/601/4461 IT and data handling in the hair and beauty sector 3 5 41
UV30460 J/601/4463 Marketing in the hair and beauty sector 3 6 32
UV30493 D/600/8779 Maintaining personal health and wellbeing 3 7 60
UV30497 D/600/8636 Colour hair to create a variety of looks 3 11 90
UV30498 H/600/8637 Creative hairdressing design skills 3 8 60
UV30509 M/601/2481 Human resource management within the hair and beauty sector 3 7 60
UV30516 F/600/8533 Perm hair to create a variety of looks 3 7 60
UV30517 A/600/8532 Style and finish African type hair using a variety of techniques 3 5 41
UV30518 D/600/8538 Relaxing services for African type hair 3 5 44
UV40501 F/601/4347 Hair colour correction 4 12 112
UV40502 J/601/4348 Manage the creation of a hair style collection 4 10 72
UV40519 D/601/5344 Hair and scalp specialist services 4 9 72

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Paragon Training Academy Limited 01582 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Cromwell Community College 01354 692193 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
GHQ Training @ KUTZ 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
The Hair Kutz Academy 01726 77432 Visit website Cornwall
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
Wild About Hair 01803 666478 Visit website Devon - Torbay
A.L.D. Hairdressing Training Academy 01914111730 Visit website Durham
Ixion Holdings Ltd - Seaham 01245 505630 Visit website Durham
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Havering College of Further and Higher Education 01708 455011 Visit website Essex
MI ComputSolutions T/A - MI Skills Development Centre 0207 501 6450 Visit website Essex
Specialist Trade Courses - Colchester 0345 565 2656 Visit website Essex
The Strand Training Academy 01245 345179 Visit website Essex
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A The Trade Academy - Southend-on-Sea 020 8004 8835 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
Any Driver Ltd Gloucester Visit website Gloucestershire
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
AHEd - Peter Symonds College 01962 886166 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Van Hoeff Hairdressing 01227 478860 Visit website Kent
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
B-Skill@Blackburn 0191 2306690 Visit website Lancashire - Blackburn with Darwen
Indulgence Hair and Beauty 07568731791 Visit website Lancashire - Blackburn with Darwen
Woodspeen Blackburn 01484 429359 Visit website Lancashire - Blackburn with Darwen
Learning & Enterprise College Bexley 0203 045 5176 Visit website London - Bexley
By Nico Hair Academy 07532 828800 Visit website London - Enfield
Therapy Learning Centre 07956 539922 Visit website London - Havering
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A The Trade Academy 0845 467 7754 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest College - The Trade Academy 020 8004 8835 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
alan d Hairdressing 020 7634 9400 Visit website London, City of
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Ashley Jade Training Academy Ltd 07850244939 Visit website Merseyside - Sefton
@BarbersNo1 Academy Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Any Driver Ltd Nottingham 07989 777775 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Phoenix Hair and Beauty Training 07725255950 Visit website Somerset
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Any Driver Ltd Doncaster Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
Suffolk New College 01473 382200 Visit website Suffolk
Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Limited - Sunderland 01245 505630 Visit website Tyne and Wear - Sunderland
Bradford College 01274 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Acacia Training Ltd - Batley 01924 420010 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Kirklees College - Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
The Link Training Academy 01484 425500 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Pathway Group Redditch 0121 707 0550 Visit website Worcestershire
Platinum Hair & Beauty Academy 01527350445 Visit website Worcestershire
Barber Academy Cavan +353 876463701 Visit website Ireland
Churchtown Institute +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Club Man Barber Academy +353 876172304 Visit website Ireland
Empire School of Barbering +353 85 25 27718 Visit website Ireland
Fifth Grade Academy +353 1 459 0525 Visit website Ireland
Grafters Academy +353 85 1221432 Visit website Ireland
Next Generation School of Barbering +353 857164847 Visit website Ireland
The Crew Academy Imagine Your Future +353 46 948 6829 Visit website Ireland
Charles Male Grooming Academy 028 6632 7034 Visit website Fermanagh and Omagh
Fife College 01592 223400 Visit website Fife
Touch Mode Education +90 533 838 9518 Visit website Turkey
ISA Training 0845 301 8660 Visit website Wales
Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot 01639 648200 Visit website Neath Port Talbot
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Rhondda 01443 663202 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff