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What career opportunities can this lead to?

The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF) provides learners with the necessary understanding and skills to work as an advanced hairdresser. Progression opportunities include specialist VTCT vocationally related qualifications at Levels 3 and 4.

What are the entry requirements?

If English is your second language you must hold an ESOL level 1 qualification. You are required to hold a Level 2 hairdressing qualification or equivalent. Time management will need to be considered as in addition to college hours home study will be required. You will be expected to supply models for practical assessments, for which a service charge will apply.

What does this programme involve?

Evidence will be gained through practical assessment in the salon. Advanced practical skills include colour work. Photographic evidence of your work will be taken throughout the year. Theoretical knowledge & completion of assignments and exams will be developed during weekly theory classes. NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing is gained through continuous practical evidence gained in the salons, assignments, projects, a portfolio of evidence and written tests set by the awarding body. You will be taught both practical and theory in:
- Health & safety
- Retail promotion
- Advanced cutting
- Styling
- Dressing long hair
- Colour techniques Students will gain confidence and experience in the required skills by a mixture of theory and practical input, demonstrations and client work. Home study and practice is essential.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

Through both practical and theory in:
- Health & safety
- Retail promotion
- Advanced cutting
- Styling
- Dressing long hair
- Colour techniques

What else do I need to know?

Students who have completed the NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing qualification and are looking to complete a further year of study in advanced practical work, management skills and show work.
The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF) is a job ready qualification based on National Occupational Standards for Hairdressing and Barbering. This qualification will supplement the knowledge, understanding and skills learned at Level 2 and is focussed on producing highly proficient, occupationally competent professional hairdressers. This qualification is most suited for learners wishing to advance in their profession or to become salon manager and/or owners.

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.

Mandatory kit = 155.10
Uniform if required = 75.00

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
HPT31 Eastleigh College 27/9/2019 Fri 09:00 – 16:30 34 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

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If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1299.

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