Qualification Information

Sector: Hairdressing and Barbering Category: Barbering
VTCT Product Code: HB3D2 GLH: 370 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6992/8 Units: 0 - 18 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2024
Level: 3

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Statement of purpose

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering is a technical level qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed senior barber or senior men's hairdresser/stylist.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, a learner will ideally hold a Level 2 qualification or equivalent in hairdressing.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for barbering and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a senior barber or senior men's hairdresser/stylist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Health and safety in the salon
- Hairdressing consultation
- Cutting hair using barbering techniques
- Creating facial hair shapes
- Shaving services
- Men's styling services

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of cutting and barbering services specifically for men's hair, provide shaving services and create facial hair shapes. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to complete one optional unit. A variety of optional units are available which include (this list is not exhaustive): colouring men's hair, hair tonics, clipper maintenance, hair and scalp treatments and creating patterns in hair.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?

This qualification is one of two VTCT technical level qualifications in barbering. In addition to this qualification is the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Barbering; both qualify learners to become senior barbers or senior men's hairdressers/stylists.

At 370 to 460 guided learning hours (GLH) the Diploma is most suitable for learners who continue, as part of their programme of study to work towards achieving Level 2 English and maths, or those undertaking another qualification in parallel.

The Extended Diploma at 435 to 700 GLH is far larger and most suited to learners who have achieved English and maths at Level 2 and wish to focus the majority of their programme on barbering, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills.

Which subjects might complement this qualification?

As a service-sector qualification, vocational subjects which may complement this qualification include, customer service, business studies and management, marketing, retail, fashion and photography. Academic subjects that may complement this qualification include maths, English, art and design, design and technology and science.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hair Council. As a senior barber or senior men's hairdresser/stylist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

- commercial barber shops or salons
- specialist African type barber shops/salons
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- television, film, theatre and media
- armed services
- HM prison service
- cruise liners
- hospitals/care homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:

- creative male grooming
- salon management
- specialist hair and scalp services
- advanced hair colour correction

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been submitted to the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2016, and will be first reported in the technical level category of the 2018 16-19 performance tables.

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the barbering sector. Because of this, the knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:

NameWebsite address
The Hair Councilhaircouncil.org.uk
The British Barbering Associationbritishbarbers.com
National Hairdressers' Federationnhf.info

Qualification Structure

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
HB3D2.EX1 External Examination 1 HB3D2 3
HB3D2.EX2 External Examination 2 HB3D2 3
HB3D2.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment HB3D2 3

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UCO28M L/507/5626 Health and safety in the salon 3 30
UHB130M J/507/5463 Creating facial hair shapes 3 60
UHB132M A/507/5475 Cutting hair using barbering techniques 3 90
UHB139M H/507/5597 Hairdressing consultation 3 60
UHB144M Y/507/5600 Men's styling services 3 20
UHB148M J/507/5611 Shaving services 3 90

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UCO30X Y/507/5631 Social media marketing for a hair or beauty business 3 25
UCO31X D/507/5632 Planning and implementing promotional activities 3 25
UCO32X T/507/5636 Managing a commercial column 3 25
UHB127X F/507/5431 Colouring men's hair 2 100
UHB129X F/507/5459 Creating a barbering portfolio 3 20
UHB131X H/507/5471 Creating patterns in hair 3 60
UHB133X L/507/5478 Hair and scalp treatments 3 80
UHB138X Y/507/5595 Hair relaxing services 3 110
UHB151X M/507/5621 Hair tonics 3 20
UHB152X A/507/5623 Clipper maintenance 3 20

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

Centres approved to run this qualification

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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
Cromwell Community College 01354 692193 Visit website Cambridgeshire
St. Peter's School 01480 459581 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
INABT Ltd 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
GHQ Training Ltd 01752 218086 Visit website Devon - Plymouth
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
Above Bar Training - Eastleigh College 023 80211418 Visit website Hampshire - Southampton
Boston College 01205 365701 Visit website Lincolnshire
Boston College Spalding 01775 715880 Visit website Lincolnshire
Hairforce 1 Training Academy 07495 774490 Visit website London - Havering
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Walsall College 01922 657000 Visit website West Midlands
Bournville College 0121 477 1300 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Digbeth Campus 0121 6945000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Hall Green Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Handsworth Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Chichester College - Chichester Campus 01243 786321 Visit website West Sussex
Bradford College 01274 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
In House Training Ltd 01924 500647 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees