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 theory classes and complete written work and e-assessments. You will be provided with up to date training in new technology and techniques using professional products. 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: there is an additional cost for course kit, uniforms, and books which must be purchased prior to starting the course. 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. 

What You Will Learn
  • Providing consultation services 
  • Creative cutting 
  • Shaving services 
  • Planning promotional events
  • Financial effectiveness of the business
Placement Information

  • All students at this level will take part in a work placement programme for two days per week (9 am - 4 pm) for the full 18-weeks and gain hands-on experience in the industry. 

Entry Requirements
  • All applicants must hold a minimum of Level 2 Barbering or Hairdressing 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
  • The theoretical aspects of the course are carried out under exam conditions completing open book assessments
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • Successful applicants will be invited to a formal interview - all criteria will be sent out prior to the interview date
  • The interview will include a practical trade test and a written task which you will be asked to complete prior to the interview
  • The formal interview has a scoring criterion based on - presentation and communication skills at the interview, along with with the practical trade test and written task

Progression And Articulation Routes
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

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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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Edinburgh College welcomes students from all over the world and we are dedicated to ensuring your time at the College is both educational and enjoyable.​
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