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Course title: Hairdressing Course level: Level 3
Qualification: Advanced Level Apprenticeship Awarding body: City & Guilds of London Institute
UCAS code: Not applicable Academic year: 2018 - 2019
Course delivery: Full-time Course length: 2 years
Venue: Employer Premises


This apprenticeship provides a nationally agreed apprenticeship framework for a work based learning route into employment for the hairdressing industry, using qualifications that combine both skills and knowledge.

Apprenticeships are the traditional way for training hairdressers.

There is a variety of salon types. All salons offer cutting, styling and chemical services. Some salons offer services to both ladies and men and carry out service such as cuts, styling, colouring, drying and finishing.

With the growth of clients with different types of hair, there is a need to develop the skills to work on all hair types from Type 1 – Straight hair through to Type 4 – Excessively curly hair.

This Advanced Apprenticeship gives more in depth training from creatively cutting, styling and dressing hair to colour correcting, creating permed looks and hair extension services.

Support will be offered to find your apprenticeship.

Modules and units

Mandatory units:

  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Creatively colour and lighten hair
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • Provide client consultation services

Optional units:

  • Provide a variety of relaxing services
  • Provide creative hair extension services
  • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business
  • Hair colour correction services
  • Develop, enhance and evaluate your creative hairdressing skills
  • Provide specialist hair and scalp treatments
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of promotional activities
  • Cut men’s hair using basic techniques

Entry requirements

  •  English grade A*-C/9-5 (or equivalent)
  • Maths grade A*-C/9-5 (or equivalent)
  • College interview
  • Level 2 Hairdressing

Applicants who do not meet the exact entry requirements may also be considered.

Applicants who have not achieved at least a grade C/4 in English and maths will continue to study these subjects alongside their chosen college course.

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

The nine national outcomes for the employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) is an induction programme for direct entrants and will be delivered within the knowledge section of this framework

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

This framework includes the mapping of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) which have been mapped to the mandatory units of the knowledge and competence qualification. They are:

  • Independent enquirers
  • Creative thinkers
  • Reflective learners
  • Team workers
  • Self-managers
  • Effective participators

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through onsite visits, reviews and an online portfolio.

Qualifications achieved

  • NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing Level 3
  • Maths Functional Skills
  • English Functional Skills
  • ERR
  • PLTS

Progression and employment

Progression could lead you…

  • Into employment as a hairdresser or stylist or other job roles in the hairdressing related industries
  • Into higher education such as a Foundation degree in Hairdressing and Salon Management or other programmes

Possible employment outcomes: 

  • Hair Stylist
  • Hairdresser

How do I apply?

You can apply online (see apply now button), call 01254 354354 or pop into our College to collect an application form.

Additional and key information

For more information, or an informal discussion about your needs, please contact Lauren Thomas:

Call: 01254 354220

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