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In Short

Students studying this course will work as a hairdresser in the College salon, which is open to the public, and also have the opportunity to work in a selected salon in the area for a variety of work experience. Participation in local and regional competitions is highly recommended and trips to the Salon International exhibition will be expected.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Candidates must have achieved NVQ/VRQ at Merit profile in Level 2 Hairdressing or have a minimum of five years apprenticeship or stylist experience. Selection will be based on interview and successful completion of a trade test (at Merit level) .  All students must have good punctuality, a good attendance level and positive attitude to vocational area.  (Merit profile at Level 2 VRQ is achieved by completing the following units at a minimum merit level; Unit 203, Unit 206, Unit 207, and Unit 209).


Course Content

You will study the following:

  • Monitor and maintain health & safety practice in the salon
  • Hairdressing consultation support for colleagues
  • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
  • Promote and sell products and services to clients
  • Bridal hairstyling
  • Hair colour correction

As part of your qualification you will also undertake five days external work experience in a local salon.  Staff can support you in finding placements, completion of work experience is a requirement of your course assessment criteria.

How will I be assessed?

You will cover the theoretical and practical work necessary for each unit. This will be assessed through online testing with the awarding body and practical assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the year and will take place within a realistic working environment.



Those who study at Level 3 may progress to higher education or seek employment as a salon stylist or industrial consultant.



The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. You will need to purchase text books and professional standard tools and equipment of which you will be advised at enrolment.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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