The units of study are:

  • 309: Barbering consultation services
  • 310: Cut hair using a variety of barbering techniques
  • 311: Design and create facial hair shapes
  • 312: Shaving services
  • 404: Design and create patterns in hair.




You can apply on-line through the Oldham College Web-site or call in for advice and guidance.
  • Practical assessment
  • Written/On-line exams 
  • Independent learning
  • Client documentation
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio evidence
  • Synoptic formative and end practical exam
  • Paper based end exam(writing exam)


On completion of your Level 3 Barbering qualification, you could progress and explore higher education and other hairdressing qualifications. 

You will already have acquired a VRQ or NVQ level 2 Barbering qualification. Your prior academic GCSE qualifications will determine your entry route and place you on the correct Level 3 Barbering qualification.

Good attendance and punctuality.

The New Technical Level 3 diploma in Barbering will allow you to further develop your career to a senior level, where you will offer your clients a full range of Barbering services that promotes male grooming.
While studying this qualification, you should be working in an established and professional Barbershop. You should be looking to do paid or voluntary barbering work. However, when becoming an advanced barbering practitioner it is expected that you should be working regular hours in a barbershop to benefit your client experience.
Level 3 Hairdressing and Retail qualifications


Average salaries are about £18 - 23K per year.

  • Barber
  • Hairdresser
  • Male grooming technician
  • Facial hair specialist
  • Retail
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Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development