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Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing at Cromwell Community College

Course description

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing is a technical level qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser/stylist.


Course content

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a senior hairdresser/stylist.

Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Health and safety in the salon
- Hairdressing consultation
- Hair cutting services
- Hair colouring services
- Setting and dressing services
- Blow-drying and finishing services

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of cutting and colouring services, set, and dress and finish the hair. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers.

In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to complete one optional unit. A variety of optional units are available which include: colour correction services, hair and scalp treatments, hair extension services, men's cutting services, occasion hair services, managing a commercial column and social media marketing.

Entry requirements

The academic entry requirements are: Diploma Level 2 in Ladies hairdressing, Maths & English GCSE Grade C or above. The practical aspects of the course will be taught in a commercial salon on clients.


Assessment will take place when you and your assessor agree that you will achieve the assessment. The theory aspect of the course will be assessed through assignments and exams.

Future opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress directly into employment in a variety of industries, which include:

- commercial salons
- specialist African type hair salons
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- television, film, theatre and media
- armed services
- HM prison service
- cruise liners


Further information

For Further Information, please contact:

Mrs A Forbes

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year