Course Details

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SVQ: Barbering SCQF Level 5

SCQF Level 5

The purpose of this course is to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to be a junior barber.

It is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and has a variety of practical and theoretical units for you to achieve. You will be expected to gather evidence of both the practical skills and underpinning knowledge for each unit you study and create a portfolio of evidence.

What You Study

The mandatory units include:

  • Advising and consulting with clients
  • Shampooing, conditioning, and treating the hair and scalp
  • Developing and maintaining your effectiveness at work
  • Cutting hair using basic barbering techniques
  • Cutting facial hair to shape using basic techniques
  • Assisting with shaving services
  • Drying and finishing men’s hair
  • Creating basic outlines and detailing in hair

Additional unit:

  • Colouring and lightening men’s hair

The course also covers a mandatory work placement in a barber salon. You are encouraged to have this established at the start of the course.

Duration and Attendance

  • 34 weeks, 16 hours per week in college plus work placement
  • An evening/twilight session may compromise part of your timetable

Entry Requirements

  • You must be 16 years old
  • You must have a work placement in a barbershop as part of their course
  • Three National 4s or equivalent (see our Qualifications Explained page for details), preferably including English
  • National 5: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (where applicable)
  • You must have a good understanding of the industry

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Further Study

SVQ: Barbering at SCQF Level 6 and above.

Career Opportunities

  • Junior barber

Student Expenses

  • Kit deposit – £20 (where appropriate)
  • All black uniform is required on the course

Application Process

Group interview and individual discussion.

Find Your Ideal Career

Want to know more about job opportunities, salaries, and employment rates in this industry? Check out our Career Coach page.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Full time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 18 Jun 2019 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy apply online waiting list only

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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