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Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

This advanced, qualification is suitable for students aged 16-18 and 19 and above, who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser/stylist.

Explore everything from salon management, cutting, colouring and styling to providing a first-class salon experience.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

Attendance is extremely important as this qualification is synoptic assessed. Synoptic assessment will take place at the end of the year and you will be examined by completing a trade test.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following:

  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Blow-drying and finishing services
  • Hair colouring services
  • Hair cutting services
  • Hairdressing consultation
  • Setting and dressing services
  • Colour correction services

How is it assessed?

The assessment for this programme will be a synoptic assessment. This will take place at the end of the course, with different practice assessments throughout the year.

You are also required to build a portfolio of evidence to support what has been carried out over the period of your programme.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have a level 2 hairdressing qualification and four GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade D) or above.

A placement within a salon is compulsory for the full duration of this programme.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited in for an interview. The selection process for this programme will be a trade test, reference and a one-one interview.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

If you are an adult student aged 19 or over, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. You could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £21,000 per year.

More information can be provided upon application. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hair Council. As a senior hairdresser/stylist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

  • commercial salons
  • specialist African type hair salons
  • independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
  • television, film, theatre and media
  • armed services
  • HM prison service
  • cruise liners
  • hospitals/care homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:

  • salon management
  • hair colour correction
  • specialist hair and scalp services
  • advanced hair styling

Additional Information

As part of this programme you are required to wear a uniform (tunic), which will be worn with black trousers or a skirt and a full black shoe. There is also a kit required to complete your assessments which can be purchased from a recommended supplier. You may be eligible for a bursary to cover these costs.

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