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What opportunities will this course give me?

This one year qualification will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work competently as a hairdresser. Upon completion, you may become a stylist in a variety of salon settings including traditional salons, armed forces, HM prisons and cruise liners or hospital/home care, manufacturer technician, industry sales and marketing, salon technician or bridal hair stylist.

Training progression can be via various routes, for example Level 2/3 Barbering, Level 3 Preparing to Set up Your Own Salon, Level 4 Hairdressing Management and Assessors Awards and Level 4 Hairdressing.

Once you have been hairdressing for a minimum of five years you can start your teacher training. Fully-trained hairdressers can earn between 14,000 and 20,000 a year. Top professional hairdressers can earn 30,000 a year or more, depending on who they work for and the salon location. Figures are intended as a guideline only (source: GOV.UK).

What will I be learning?

This qualification is approved and supported by the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA), the standard-setting body for hair, beauty, nails and spa qualifications. Once you have completed this qualification, you can use the post-nominal HDipHB (VTCT).

Throughout this qualification you will monitor procedures to safely control work operations, provide hairdressing consultation services, creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques and promote additional services or products to clients.

You will learn about combining, adapting and personalising a range of colouring and lightening techniques and the advanced skills necessary to determine and correct more complex colouring problems. You will also learn about a variety of conventional and non-conventional dressing and hair-up techniques to produce innovative, fashionable, creative and personalised looks to compliment individual clients, as well as how to combine and adapt a variety of styling techniques to produce the finished effect.

The units on the programme include creative cutting, fashion colouring, colour correction, creative styling and dressing long hair plus how to develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills. You will also learn related transferrable skills such as salon health and safety, client consultation and how to promote additional services and products.

During the programme you will take part in work experience, photographic competitions and hair shows.

All students without an 4 grade in English or Maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

Why is this course for me?

Level 3 Hairdressing is a highly practical one year programme, underpinned with the theoretical knowledge required for you to work safely in the salon and understand fundamental hairdressing skills.

You will recap the level 2 skills with extension tasks and progressive elements . The skill level on the level 3 programme is an extension of the level 2 programme exploring a variety of techniques to help to lift your standards .
To Successfully achieve this qualifications all of the following elements must be completed to the awarding body standard.

1. Graded practical assessments

2. Externally set and marked examinations

3. Externally set and internally marked graded synoptic assessment

What do I need to sign up?

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Maths We will also consider attendance and attainment reports from previous education and a successful college interview.

Any student without a GCSE at grade A*-C or 9-4 in English or Maths will be required to continue with their English and Maths study at college.

To be accepted onto the Level 3 Hairdressing course you will need to hold a Level 2 Hairdressing Qualification ( this will need to be produced at interview); a skills test and interview are also required. Self study is essential to help support your progress and build your course portfolio. It is advisable to secure a work placement for one day a week build speed, skills and confidence. Professional uniform and behaviour are essential in our commercial training salons and you will need to have good personable skills as you will be dealing with members of the public on a regular basis. This is a 35 week course running to a academic year. Commitment to the course duration is essential.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You are required to wear a salon uniform and adhere to the salon dress code of conduct. Full uniform should be worn worn to all practical sessions to ensure assessments can take place. You will also need to ensure that you bring a hairdressing kit to practical sessions.

Access to email and a PC at home is advisable.

Once you are qualified you can become a state registered hairdresser if you have not already registered following your Level 2 Hairdressing Qualification.

If you are aged 16-18 the programme is fully funded. If you are 19+, fees may apply.

Certificate of evidence for previous NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing qualification or equivalent. A4 file, notepaper, pens/pencils and an A4 ring binder for theory notes.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
HA3 Eastleigh College 7/9/2020 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £2,245.00 Apply now

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