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Hairdressing Level 3 Diploma at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

Students will benefit from the extra enrichment of industry workshops and guest speakers as well as being involved with local and national competitions. Students will also experience career opportunities through industry trips. Last year’s students took part in Eden’s Hair and Beauty Showcase as part of their creative modules. This gave students a real opportunity to explore the most avant-garde of styles within the themes of ‘Around the World’.

This course will give you the opportunity to develop and update your technical skills in advanced colouring, colour correction, hair extension, advanced cutting and long hair. You will also gain an insight into the financial responsibility of running a business. The necessary skills for this qualification will be learnt through a variety of situations, in a commercial salon and in theory lessons. It is a practical course, which is underpinned by a theoretical background.

The programme is intended for hairstylists and technicians who are already qualified to the standard of Level 2 and is suitable for those wishing to further their technical skills in hairdressing. At Level 3 you may choose modules to meet your own particular needs and aspirations.

The Level 3 is an intensive course, which places high demands on the individual with regard to the level of self-motivation, dedication and enthusiasm required due to the amount of self-directed study.

Course content

You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.

  • Creatively Cut Hair (using a combination of techniques)
  • Colour Hair (using a variety of techniques)
  • Creatively Style and Dress Hair
  • Provide Creative Hair Extension Services

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 2 qualification
  • Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area


You will be assessed on a continuous basis within a realistic working environment. You will also be required to produce a portfolio of evidence to be certified by your assessors. Theoretical aspects of the programme will mainly be assessed through assignments and internal and external test papers.

Future opportunities

There are various opportunities for further study or employment upon successful completion of your course.

Study options may include:

  • Advanced Hairdressing Techniques
  • Level 4 Salon Management

Employment options may include:

  • Salon Stylist
  • Salon Manager/Supervisor
  • Hair/Colour Technician
  • Instructor/Teacher
  • Media Stylist
  • Theatrical Stylist

Further information

Maths and English

All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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