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Hairdressing Advanced Technical Diploma level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

This Hairdressing Advanced Technical Diploma level 3, aims to provide you with a range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing industry. This qualification is graded Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction* You will require a level 2 qualification in hairdressing before enrolling on this course. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

This course covers the following units: hairdressing consultation services, cutting, creatively colour and lighten hair, creatively style and dress the hair, hair colour correction, creative hair design skills and employer involvement. You will also complete one optional unit that will be decided upon commencement of the course. You will undertake a Learner Employment Achievement Programme (LEAP) A minimum of 36 hours of external work placement must also be completed. Employer involvement in the delivery and/or assessment of this qualification is essential for all candidates and will be externally quality assured.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required. A level two qualification in hairdressing is essential to gain access on to the course. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


To gain this qualification you must successfully achieve the following assessments:One externally set, externally moderated assignment.The assignment requires candidates to identify and use effectively in an integrated way an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories, and knowledge. The typical assignment brief could require candidates to provide a variety of hairdressing services to a number of clients within a commercially viable time. One externally set, externally marked exam, sat under examination conditions. The exam is designed to assess your depth and breadth of understanding across content in the qualification at the end of the period of learning, using a range of question types. Candidates who fail the exam at the first sitting will have one opportunity to re-sit. Optional unit assessments as required. The external assessment will draw from across the mandatory content of the qualification, using a range of shorter questions to confirm breadth of knowledge and understanding. Extended response questions are included, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate higher level understanding and integration through discussion, analysis and evaluation, and ensuring the assessment can differentiate between just able and higher achieving candidates.

Financial information

Material fee £120.00. Female uniform costs: £58.00Male uniform costs: £39.00Kit costs: £172.00Costs are subject to change

Future opportunities

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the skills and knowledge of health and safety, customer service and that you have the necessary advanced cutting, styling, colouring and colour correction skills necessary to be employed as a senior stylist. This qualification could lead to a job as a hairdresser working in a hair salon, spa, cruise ship or hotel salon. You could progress onto a level 4 qualification in advanced techniques or salon management.

Further information

You apply for your chosen course via UCAS Progress (if your school is subscribed). Alternatively, you can complete the Leicester College application form available on our website. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 14 November 2017
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