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Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Calderdale College

Course description

The Level 3 NVQ Apprenticeship in Hairdressing is for those who have completed their Level 2 and want to enhance their skills and take on a more responsible position at work. They will be employed and have, or be in the processing of developing, their own client base within the salon. The Level 3 learner will have the opportunity to become a senior stylist within the organisation and will work with salon juniors. The type of salon where the learner is employed must be in a position to offer more complex tasks to evidence for the Level 3 qualification.

Course content

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing also allows you to work in industry where an assessor will come to your workplace to assess you on the practical elements of the course. One day a week you will be released to College to complete the knowledge requirements, train in a realistic working environment and complete the Functional Skill elements of the programme. The units are selected on the basis of relevance to the industry and theemployability value.

These are some of the creative units you will undertake:

  • Contribute to the Planning & Implementation of Promotional Activities - plan an activity such as the hairdressing competition and implement it
  • Creatively cut hair - creating restyle cuts including aprecision cut
  • Colour hair using a variety of techniques & Colour Correction - lightening hair and use of toners, resolve basic colour problems, creative colour techniques and corrective colouring using different types of products
  • Creatively styling and dressing long hair - using conventional and non-conventional items and the use of accessories and added hair

Entry requirements

Applicants should have completed the Level 2 Hairdressing course. If this has not been completed, GCSE Maths and English, at grade C or above are required. All applicants will be interviewed and assessed for suitability by a Training Officer.  Applicants will be in relevant employment where the employer supports NVQ completion.


Assessment takes place in the Commercial Salon at college by curriculum staff and also in the workplace by a qualified assessor.

Financial information

No fees payable for learners aged 16-18. For applicants over 18, please contact us for more information

Future opportunities

This will allow you to embark on a career as a qualified hairdresser with options to progress to salon management, self-employment, working for established national/ international companies or move into related industries such as film and television. 

Further information

Please complete an application form and return it to us at the following freepost address:-
Calderdale College Central Admissions Unit, FREEPOST HX2 004, Francis Street, Halifax, HX1 3BR

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 March 2016
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