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Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies (Part Time Day)

This Level 3 programme is designed for students with existing Level 2 Hair qualifications or for those with industry experience. It is a chance to gain advanced practical experience.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Hair
Adult and Community
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 36
Hours: 9.00
Start: 09/09/2024
Tuition: £3345
Adult Loan Amount: £3345
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

This VTCT qualification will provide you with the advanced techniques needed to be successful in the hairdressing industry and the skills and knowledge required for a sustainable career.  It builds your awareness of the range of jobs in the sector, enabling you to make informed decisions about your future direction.

The course is designed for students who want to progress from – or already hold – a Level 2 sector-related qualification.

We suggest candidates should have current industry experience or access to a salon for ongoing professional development. This is highly recommended in order for you to successfully complete all of the content and technical aspects of the programme.

Your timetable may include one late evening per week and you are expected to build up a client base in order to undertake your assessments.

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. Entry requirements are:

  • Successful completion of a Level 2 Hair qualification


  • Sector-related industry experience or access to a salon for professional development

There are a range of mandatory units to complete, including:

  • Promote and sell products and services
  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Cut women’s hair to create a variety of looks
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
  • Colour hair
  • Consultation support for colleagues

Optional units may include either:

  • Hair colour correction


  • Perm hair to create a variety of looks

Please note: a late night may feature on your timetable.

This course will be delivered on-site at the Roundhouse. It is expected to be delivered on a Monday 9.00-16.15, including late sessions for assessments. Specific timings will only be confirmed in September. The course is highly practical and so a basic level of fitness is required as you may spend long periods on your feet between breaks.

You are required to complete a portfolio of evidence.  Assessment is through a range of methods, including practical observations, online testing and assignment work. Some assessments can be taken in industry so access to a salon environment is desirable.

Theory lessons will require you to take notes in order to revise terminology and learn processes.

You will be working with clients. You will be asked to find your own clients on whom to develop your techniques.

There is a kit and uniform to purchase: full details will be given at your interview.

The kit will contain the essentials required to carry out a range of techniques. Candidates do not need to buy the kits if they already have the requisite equipment. Financial assistance will be available for eligible candidates.

The uniform must be worn every day and consists of black trousers or leggings and a black polo shirt. Closed-toe black shoes or trainers can be worn but these must be plain black (including the laces and logos).

You will be formatively assessed by a range of methods including practical observation, exams and assignments.

As the course is highly practical, you should expect to have a number of summative observations to ensure your competency in each technique and exams to assess your theoretical knowledge.

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council.

While this qualification’s primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as an advanced hairdresser, learners may choose to complement their skills base by undertaking advanced specialist qualifications at Level 4.

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Course Information Last Updated On: November 1, 2023 1:49 pm