SVQ Barbering SCQF level 5

SVQ Barbering SCQF level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ 2) in Barbering at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise as a junior barber.

This SVQ includes cutting hair using basic barbering techniques, cutting facial hair to shape using basic techniques and drying and finish men's hair. It also covers creating basic outlines and detailing in hair, advising and consulting with clients, shampooing and conditioning, treating the hair and scalp, and developing and maintaining your effectiveness at work.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with Skillsactive/HABIA the sector skills council to ensure relevance to the sector.

This qualification is available through colleges, employers and training providers.

Qualification Status Approval (Skills Active/Habia)

On Wednesday 5 May 2021, the SQA Accreditation Co-ordination Group (ACG) agreed to approve and note the proposed assessment arrangements for the attached qualifications as detailed in SVQ Habia Statement Temporary Adaptations/Mitigations and Supplementary Guidance (335 KB).

Adaptation required – qualifications which have been identified as requiring a change to the current approved assessment methodologies/requirements to allow delivery and/or assessment.

ACG noted the SVQ Habia Statement (and adaptations) as temporary until 30 June 2022 and will be kept under review.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

The SVQ is offered in the workplace. Since assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Learners can progress to a range of qualifications including SVQ 3 Barbering at SCQF level 6 or SVQ 3 Hairdressing at SCQF level 6.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence. 


The SCQF level 5 qualification could provide progression to:

  • an HNC in Hairdressing
  • an SVQ in Barbering at SCQF level 6


This qualification is non-devolvable.

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs. For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

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Qualification Structure

The SVQ 2 Barbering at SCQF level 5 consists of seven mandatory Units and one optional Unit.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

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