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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing is a technical level qualification suitable for both students aged 16 - 18 as well as those aged 19 and above who are currently on a level 3 course and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser/stylist.

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

This programme will last for one year which is thirty five weeks and will start in September 2016.

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?

  • 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

As part of this programme you are required to wear a uniform (tunic), this will be worn with black trousers or skirt and a full black shoe. There is also a kit required to complete your assessments, these can be purchased from a supplier we recommend. Prices are to be confirmed on the open day.

To generate an interview, please complete an online application form or come along to the college and complete one at student services. 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.

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?

To be considered to study this programme, you will need level 2 in hairdressing and four GCSE's at grade D or above. A placement within a salon is compulsory for the full duration of this programme.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), 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.

However, if you are 19+, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information, 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

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