This qualification is an advanced (Level 3) technical qualification, which has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and trade bodies to set the standard and content. It is suitable for all hairdressers wanting to expand their knowledge and creativity in this exciting industry.


Meet our students Liza-Jane Lamb

Liza-Jane Lamb

“I have immensely enjoyed my time at the College, and thanks to the dedication of the tutors, I will be forging a new career in hairdressing armed with all the skills and attributes needed to be successful in my chosen profession. ”

Meet our students Nichola Connorton

Nichola Connorton

“The course has helped me develop my skills so much and my knowledge on the subject has been expanded. I can’t wait to use my skills within a salon.”

  • Description

    All units are at advanced level including cutting, colouring and using straightening systems. All units have both a practical and theory element to ensure students can demonstrate a good understanding of each technique.

    Running commercial clients in our salon ensures that students enhance their employability skills. Throughout this qualification, students develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of cutting and colouring services, and set, dress and finish the hair.

    In parallel, students also develop their communication and customer service skills, awareness of environmental sustainability and commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

  • Entry Requirements

    Any student applying for the course must hold a current full level 2 qualification in Hairdressing with current skills and all treatments carried out in a professional environment. Students must also have five GCSE passes at grade 4 (D) or above, preferably including Maths and English or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2. Students must also be in relevant work-related employment.

  • Qualification

    VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

  • Progression

    On successful completion of this qualification, students are fully qualified to work in hairdressing salons, as a technical consultant and on-board cruise liners. Students may wish to set up a self-employed business or work abroad.

  • Assessment

    Continuous assessment of practical skills will prepare students for graded assessments which are set throughout the year. A graded end-of-year practical synoptic exam and written exams are required to pass the qualification.

  • Home Study

    Four to six hours a week is recommended to support the qualification. This will included revision for exams.

  • Work Placement

    It is mandatory that you will complete 30 hours work experience along side this course. Ideally, working part-time in the industry would benefit skills and knowledge.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    It is advisable that students purchase their own text book. A uniform is mandatory. Information for this will be given at interview. It is essential that students have scissors, razor and a basic hairdressing kit.

Code Start Fees*
HAIRL3 212201 September 2021 Fee Information

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.