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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Barbering (Part Time)

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that the individual has the skills and knowledge of health & safety, customer service, and also has the necessary advanced cutting, shaving and styling skills necessary to be employed as a senior barber.

Overview of the course: 

8 hrs Barbering, 6hrs Maths & English if applicable (16-19 yrs
3 hrs practical session-working with paying clients

3 hrs theory/academic study skills

2 hrs cutting/shaving skills training

Homework is also an integral part of the course, where activities are completed via the college Canvas site.

Employer involvement will also be an integral part of the course in the form of guest lectures and master classes.

Entry requirements: 

L2 Ladies/Gents Diploma or equivalent industry training, L2 Function skills in Maths/English or working towards.

1 hour trade test to include;

Creatively cut hair, one hair cutting services.

The clients must have a full head of hair.

They must be creative restyles that alters the shape of the hair.

You must use blending/fading across a minimum 25% of the head for a minimum of one of the cuts. Clippers without attachments must be used for a minimum of one of the cuts.

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


This qualification covers a very wide range of skills and knowledge required for working in the barbering industry.
These are compulsory areas:

• Cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques

• Design and create facial hair shapes

• Shaving services
• Barbering consultation services
Optional unit

• Design and create patterns in the hair

How is the course assessed?: 

Externally marked test-that covers the learner’s depth & breath of knowledge across the mandatory units and at the end period of learning.

Externally moderated synoptic assignment (practical)-these assignments are externally set, internally marked & externally moderated.

Externally moderated assignment for the optional unit taken-these assignments are externally set, internally marked & externally moderated and are to identify a selection of skills, techniques and knowledge.

Learners that fail any of the tests will have one opportunity to re-sit, all assessments happen at the end period of learning.

Further study options after this course: 

Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Management/Hair

Length of the course: 

1 year, part-time course programme taught on Monday 14:00 - 17:00 and Tuesday 12:00- 16:00.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2021 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (19 Jan 2021 05:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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