SCQF Level 6
Hair and Beauty

Course Overview

Barbering Level 3 is an innovative 18-week course designed to enhance your skill base gained at Level 2, or through the work you have already carried out in your barbering shop. Equipped with a more advanced skill set, this course will enable you to develop your passion for barbering. 

During this fast-track course, you will gain essential practical experience working on clients in our professional salon environment as well as attend online theory classes and complete written work and e-assessments.  You will be required to have access to IT to enable you to complete this part of the course e.g. laptop, Pc, iPhone, Android phone.  You will be provided with up to date training in new technology and techniques using high end professional products such as Wella, Blue Beard Revenge and American Crew to enhance your employability prospects further. Edinburgh College is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by Wella; one of only two Scottish colleges with this professional recognition. Training at Edinburgh College will enhance your employability prospects as we have an exceptional standard of facilities and highly qualified lecturers. This award is recognised within the industry as qualifying you as a barber. 

Please note:

  • All theory will be delivered online - you will be required to have access to IT to enable you to complete this part of the course e.g. laptop, Pc, iPhone, Android phone
  • there is an additional cost for –Uniforms & Kit must be purchased prior to course starting
  • It is mandatory that you bring in models for practical assessments

If you are interested in being a model for our students or want to try out our star facilities before beginning your studying journey, simply book in for a treatment. Check out our price list here


What You Will Learn
  • Providing consultation services 
  • Creative Cutting 
  • Shaving Services 
  • Planning Promotional Events
  • Financial Effectiveness of the Business
Placement Information


  • All students must have a work placement in place at the beginning of the course - two days per week (9-4pm) for the full 18 weeks


Entry Requirements
  • All applicants must hold a minimum of Level 2 Barbering qualification or equivalent
  • Must be currently working in the Barbering industry


English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5


How the course is assessed
  • All practical assessments are carried out on paying clients within our salons, working either independently with your own clients or working as a team member
  • It is mandatory that you bring in models for practical assessments
  • The theory aspects of the course are carried out under exam conditions completing open book assignments
  • Invigilated closed book exams
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • All applicants will be asked to complete and submit a moodboard and a 500 word written brief – these will be scored  
  • Successful applicants will then be invited to a formal telephone/ Microsoft Teams interview –where your moodboard and brief will be discussed along with other relevant questions relating to the course and your goals and experience
  • Thereafter you will be given a date to attend campus to carry out your skills test
  • The formal interview has a scoring criterion based on - communication skills at interview, along with the moodboard, written brief and skills test


Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Opportunity to gain employment within the Barbering industry at a technical and/or supervisory level
Career Opportunities
  • Employment within the Barbering industry at a technical and/or supervisory level


Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week (9 am - 4 pm) 
  • 1 evening (4:30 pm - 8 pm) 
  • 2 days work placement per week


Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Our success stories speak for themselves. Our Barbering students take part in a variety of charitable events and regularly visit the Salvation Army Hostel in Edinburgh cutting and styling the hair and beards of the residents who are homeless.  


Many competitions and event opportunities are available for our student to be involved with over their time at college eg the Association of Hairdressing and Therapists (AHT) National Competition, the British Barbering Association (BBA) student of the year and representing HABIA (the hairdressing national lead body) on stage at the Scottish Hair and Beauty Show.  


Our Barbering students were involved in the collaboration with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery for their community outreach project ‘Razor’s Edge’. This was an amazing opportunity for our students 


Over the years we have hosted the Great British Barber Bash with show-stopping workshops with some of the best barbers in the UK. We also have had the pleasure and honour of the UK leading Barber in Male Grooming Chris Foster as our patron for Barbering


Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 21/01/2022
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