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Advanced NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hairdressing at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The course is for stylists who wish to gain a qualification that reflects an advanced level of hairdressing in creative and technical skills. The programme is for those people aged 16-18 or 19+ who have completed a Level 2. This programme is fully funded for 18 year olds, and partially funded for the 19+ age group.  It will also be useful for those who may be seeking to develop their careers in training and supervisory management. THERE WILL BE NEW STANDARDS INTRODUCED AS PART OF THE APPRENTICESHIP REFORM ACROSS ALL THE OCCUPATIONAL AREAS FROM 2015.

APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORK - The Framework is made up of a number of components.  In order to be successful you must complete and achieve all elements.

The full NVQ award in Hairdressing at Level 3 comprising of units which specify the minimum levels of performance required to work as a qualified hairdresser and meet the credit requirements.
Level 2 English
Level 2 Maths
This is assignment based evidence collection


You will need to provide all your own models and work within The Park Hair and Beauty Salons and your place of professional work. You will need to buy a salon uniform and a course book at the start of the programme. There is also a £35 fee to cover trips and activities.
The programme is delivered with a mix of learning styles, practical demonstrations by guest specialists from industry e.g. Wella colour correction & long hair specialists, group work, lectures and assignments.

Entry requirements

This Level 3 qualification is for Hairdressers with at least 2 years recent experience in all aspects of Hairdressing.  To enrol, you MUST be employed over 30 hours per week in a salon, to start an Apprenticeship, please contact us should you need help in finding suitable employment.  Apprentices are paid a wage by the employer.  Your employer is required to give you a contract of employment, which will include holiday entitlement and all other benefits.  You will also need to have achieved the NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing or equivalent and be currently employed in a beauty environment for 30 hours per week running a column of clients.  Your clientele should provide you with the opportunities for Level 3 creative work.   A good sound educational background is desirable.  A trade test will be carried out at interview.


Being observed carrying out commercial activities mainly in the workplace.
Oral/online questioning of knowledge and understanding.
A portfolio of supplementary or supporting materials e.g. projects, witness logs etc.  compiling a portfolio of your work undertaken during the year.

There will be an ongoing practical assessment throughout your course.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

The programme opens up career opportunities for employment in the management aspect of Hairdressing.  There may be the possibility of Management Apprenticeships/Retail and Customer Service Apprenticeship Training/Assessing and Quality Assurance qualifications. Short course in Management and Professional qualifications.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Saturday 23rd June 2018 9:30am-12:30pm - Cambridge and Huntingdon

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 04 July 2018
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