SVQ in Barbering at SCQF level 6

SVQ in Barbering at SCQF level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ 3) in Barbering at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise as a barber.

This SVQ covers creatively cutting hair using a combination of barbering techniques, designing and creating a range of facial hair shapes, providing shaving services, and providing client consultation services.

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

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

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

Qualification Status Approval (Skills Active/Habia)

The SQA Accreditation Co-ordination Group (ACG) agreed on Wednesday 22 July to approve and note the proposed assessment arrangements for the attached qualifications as detailed in SVQ Habia Statement – Temporary Adaptations/Mitigations and Supplementary Guidance. (962 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) are temporary until 30 January 2021 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 HNC Hairdressing.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • 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.

Learner 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 6 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC Hairdressing or a related area
  • employment in the hairdressing/barbering sector, perhaps as a stylist/salon manager/barber


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

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ 3 Barbering at SCQF level 6 consists of four mandatory Units and three optional Units.

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.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Qualification Verification Summary Reports were formerly known as Internal Assessment Reports.

Useful links

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