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Barbering SVQ Level 3 (SCQF 6)

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Full time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Aug 2023

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Course overview

Barbering Level 3 is an innovative 18-week course designed to enhance your skill base gained at Level 2 Barbering /Preparation to Level 3 Barbering, 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 with clients in our professional Barbershop where you will be provided with up-to-date training in new technology and techniques using high-end professional products such as Wella Sebman and American Crew to enhance your employability prospects further.

Theory classes will cover the knowledge required to complete all written work and e-assessments. You will be required to have access to IT to enable you to complete parts of the course e.g. laptop, Pc, iPhone, Android phone, Tablet, Ipad.

Training at Edinburgh College will enhance your employability prospects as we have an exceptional standard of facilities and highly qualified lecturers. You will be provided with up-to-date training in new innovations and techniques with leading product manufacturers and barbers.

Edinburgh College is not only a recognised Centre of Excellence by Wella; but also houses the Wella Training Studio for Scotland. This amazing collaboration ensures students receive the most up-to-date training in new innovations and techniques within the industry.

This award is recognised within the industry as qualifying you as a Barber. 

Please note:

  • There is an additional cost for course kits, uniforms and books which must be purchased prior to starting the course. 
  • Students will also be expected to bring in clients for practice and assessment purposes

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.

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What you will learn
  • Consultation Services
  • Cutting & Clipper Techniques
  • Facial and Shaving services
  • Planning Promotional Events
  • Creative Barbering Styling (Avant Garde)
  • Financial effectiveness of the business

Placement information

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

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

Number of days per week

  • 1 day per week (9:00-4:00 pm)
  • 2 days work placement

Entry requirements

  • All applicants must hold a Level 2 Barbering or Preparation to Level 3 Barbering qualification  or equivalent
  • Must be currently working in the Barbering industry

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

Applicants will be given a date to attend campus for an open evening recruitment event which will involve:

  • Group Information session with Q & As
  • Face-to-face interview –where you will be asked relevant questions relating to the course and your goals and experience
  • Skills Test to ensure you have the correct dexterity skills for the course (please see details below)

In exceptional cases, the interview may be carried out via Microsoft Teams or a formal telephone interview, where you will be asked relevant questions relating to the course, your goals and your experience.

The formal interview has a scoring criterion based on - communication skills at the interview, along with, the skills test and Dermatitis task

Skills Test

A skills/trade test will be required on a mannequin head or client at a commercially viable time.

The formal interview has a scoring criterion based on - communication skills at the interview, along with the skills test.

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English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Opportunity to gain employment within the Barbering industry at a technical and/or supervisory level

Career options

  • Employment within the Barbering industry at a technical and/or supervisory level

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 28/08/23 20 Weeks

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