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Barbering Diploma

Level 3

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Key Info

Learning Area   Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19
Location   Cornwall College Camborne
Start Date   07/09/2021

If you are already qualified to a level 2 standard and you are looking to upgrade your qualification. This course will help you to progress in your career as a barber. Not only will you develop existing skills but you will also learn how to design and create a range of facial hair shapes and provide shaving services.

You will be expected to attend College for two/three days a week and will be required to work to high professional standards. You will train in one of our industry standard salons, work in a realistic environment and use the latest equipment, machinery and products within the industry. When you are confident enough and have practiced the techniques to a level 3 standard, you will be able to provide services to paying customers.

Alongside the training, you will be required to complete work related experience within the industry to enrich your programme of study and gain employability skills. You are also required to complete course work and research in your own time towards completion of this qualification.

  What You Will Learn

You will be hands-on from the first week. Learning in purpose-built salons, you will be training in a dynamic and commercial environment. From creatively cutting hair using a combination of barbering techniques, designing and creating a range of facial hair shapes, providing shaving services, advising and providing client consultation, you will be training to industry standard.

As well as the practical knowledge that you will gain from working on the job, our team of industry trained professionals will guide you through the theory offering their advice and demonstrating techniques

  Entry Requirements

You will need a Level 2 barbering qualification and a real interest in the barbering industry. You should be enthusiastic to learn a variety of advanced practical skills and the associated knowledge, which will develop your employment opportunities within the industry. As with all barbering professions, you will need to create the right impression with your clients and must therefore be professional, courteous and discreet. Excellent communication skills are essential. This is an intensive, knowledge-based course and we do look for enthusiasm and motivation to succeed on the course.

  Work Experience

In addition to the main qualification you will be expected to attend an industry work placement in a barbers to gain experience and knowledge of employability skills and expectations of being a part of a team in this industry. This will help you gain valuable work experience to help you develop a career in this exciting industry


Theory is delivered for each unit and in house exams are set, however emphasis is placed on practical learning. Paying clients are to be used for practical assessment. Assessments are carried out during practical lessons along with some on-line testing.

Alongside the theory you will produce a portfolio of your work which will be verified and should include assessment books, projects, and theoretical work


Afterwards, you may wish to take up the exciting opportunities that exist for barbers throughout the UK as well as overseas in holiday resorts, on cruise ships and major airlines. There are good prospects for barbers and you could follow a variety of career paths. You may move into management or become a trainer, lecturer or a company field demonstrator.


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Alisha Dobson

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I was very nervous and excited to start college. I was living in Looe and nobody that I knew from my school was going to do the course that I was going to do, so yeah, I had first day feels, but it was great. I made friends really quickly and like everyone says it goes really fast, so enjoy it. I loved my hairdressing course and getting really hands on. Before I started college I spent the summer in a salon, just as an assistant, soaking everything up and watching lots. I also practiced things on my friends and family, even if it was just blow drying. I have very curly hair so I really enjoyed trying new things out on my own hair too. There are so many options with hairdressing, it’s really limitless.

I now have my own salon in South London called Bleach. I also do a lot of freelance work, which I have been doing for about 10 years now working in TV, music videos, touring with musicians and artists on their tours, lots of live TV and photo shoots and things like that. I have also been able to travel, all things I never even imagined I would be able to do, so your possibilities are endless.

If the freelance side of things is what you would like to get into be very well rounded. I think it’s played well for me that I can do everything from cutting, colouring and extensions down to perming and shampoo and sets. When I was at college I was like; “oh another perm!”, but all of those things really shape everything that you end up being able to do. They give you so many skills that you might think at the time you’re not going to need but you really will want them! Practice as much as possible and play around, your friends will get tired of having their hair done.

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