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Women's Hairdressing Level 3 Diploma at Highbury College

Course description

This course is suitable for students progressing from the Level 2 Hairdressing course and will help you to advance your skills, creative techniques and career opportunities in the hairdressing industry.

Course content

You will attend theory, portfolio, tutorial and practical sessions and work in a realistic commercial salon environment.

You will study advanced techniques to develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills, including creatively cutting hair, colour correction and creative styling skills.

Work experience is required throughout the year.

If you do not hold A*-C GCSE in English and/or Mathematics, you will also attend Functional Skills English and Mathematics classes as part of your course.

If you hold GCSE D Grade in English and/or Mathematics, you will also attend GCSE classes to improve your grade.

Our Salons are run as commercial businesses, to improve your employability skills and sessions will be run on evenings and Saturdays.

Entry requirements

  • You will need Level 2 Hairdressing.
  • You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A*-C including English and Maths.
  • An interview and initial assessment, a record of good attendance and punctuality will be required.
  • You will need to purchase a kit containing all equipment, also uniform is required and is to be worn for all practical sessions.


Throughout the course you will be assessed regularly against the standards set down by the examining body.

These assessments will be pre-arranged and will be as unobtrusive as possible - these will be practical observation elements.

You will build a portfolio of evidence, which will include assignments, photographic evidence and throughout the year complete online exams.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course you could progress into employment (e.g. salons, cruise ships, health farms, fitness and spa centres) or become self-employed. If you wish you can progress to a higher level course, such as a Certificate in Salon Management or HNC in Salon Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2016
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