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Barbering | Level 3

Course Code: FE1022-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: 14 Sep 2021 Assessment: Graded practical assessments and external examinations Qualification: NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Barbering Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?


Further develop your techniques and prepare for the workplace with this Level 3 Diploma in Barbering. You will be introduced to a wide range of practical barbering techniques and have the opportunity to develop your skills in customer service, communications and commerciality; all of which are highly valued by employers.

Our brand new salon facilities provide an ideal environment to gain the skills, confidence and real-life experience that you need for a career in barbering.

On this course, you will:

  • develop transferable service industry skills
  • train in brand new salon facilities
  • gain practical experience in a realistic commercial environment
  • access dedicated careers support with the opportunity to progress on to a higher level service industry course
  • alumni Views Alice Robson NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing
    Alice has recently opened her own salon called ‘Eden’ here in the North Laine in Brighton.
  • alumni Views Simon Webster Hairdressing
    Simon is a is a UK Guest Artist for KMSHair, a member of The Fellowship For British Hairdressing and freelance educator. He studied Hairdressing at Brighton MET college over 30 years ago, winning our Annual Hair show in 1986.
  • student Views Hamish Tinto- Cassidy Barbering VRQ level 2
    I found the course hard at the start but then I started doing well. I have passed my exams and I’m in the process of passing my course. I am becoming more confident.
  • student Views Reece Lewis Barbering VRQ Level 2
    I enjoyed the course and feel I am a closer step to the direction I want to follow. I am a hard worker and want to progress onto the next level of an apprentice.

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma in Barbering.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques.
  • Design and create a range of facial hair shapes.
  • Provide shaving services
  • Design and create patterns in men’s hair
  • Perm and neutralise men’s hair

Why the MET?

Our highly-skilled teachers have current industry experience and the department has strong industry and employer links.  


  • Brand new training salons and a commercial salon open to the public
  • High-end industry standard equipment and products
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support 
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • Assessment

    Graded practical assessments and external examinations

Work experience

You will work commercially in our Metro Hair and Beauty Salon.

All of our students have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position within that company.

We hold an annual careers day where local, national and international employers will come and give seminars. This will give you valuable information and advice about progression opportunities and setting up your own business.  

We also hold training days, trips to trade shows and have guest speakers to keep all of your training and knowledge current and up-to-date.


What's next?

After Level 3, you could complete  other specialist qualifications or part-time courses such as media hair & makeup, or part-time courses. Alternatively you could undertake a barbering apprenticeship or seek employment.

Future careers include:

  • Barber
  • Fashion hairstyling
  • Media hairstyling


Course fees and finance

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here. Please speak to our Admissions team if you have any further queries: | 01273 667704

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase additional kit for this course:

  • Kit and uniform: approximately £300 (TBC)
  • Online resource: £25
  • External trip to trade show: £25
  • Portfolio/stationery: £5


Barber using clippers to cut short hair

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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