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VRQ Diploma in Hairdressing for Cutting and Styling Technicians - Level 3 at South Thames College

Course description

This course gives you the knowledge and skills to work with a large variety of hair types and develops your awareness of the industry. It is ideal if you have some experience of hairdressing already and want to progress further with your hairdressing and barbering talents and get the techniques to work as a stylist.

We have plenty of professional suppliers coming to college to deliver bespoke training on latest products and equipment. This is boosted by employers and salon owners giving demonstrations and talks on making it in the sector. As well as work experience in our salon there can also be opportunities for experience in professional salons - previous students have even seen this lead to part-time work.

As well as internal competitions, there are also a number of local and national competitions that you'll get involved with. In the prestigious WorldSkills competitions we've put through plenty of our students and this is a great way to learn from your peers and to be exposed to new experiences. As a Level 3 student, you'll be mentoring and supervising Level 1 and Level 2 students so you'll have real experience of operating in a supervisory role.

Course content

As well as daytime lessons you'll need to come into College one evening a week or on a Saturday. You must be working or volunteering in a salon environment for a minimum of two days a week already. Optional units include subjects like developing and maintaining effectiveness at work. Additional units include

  • Advising and consulting with clients
  • Cutting men's and women's hair using different techniques
  • Hair styling and finishing, including for combined hair types
  • Setting and dressing hair
  • Changing hair colour
  • Health and safety.

Entry requirements

A relevant Level 2 qualification at least at merit with appropriate levels of English and maths. Alternatively substantial salon experience with English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level. You'll also have a practical skills assessment to make sure the course is a good match for you.


Continuous assessment by observation on paying clients, formal and informal online tests, written assignments and tests as well as building up a portfolio of your work.

Future opportunities

You could progress into work at a salon in a supervisory capacity or onto a university-level course to improve your skills.

Further information

Like all colleges, we provide specialist kits for hair and beauty courses so that you can work with them on your courses and use outside the College to give you more chance to practise and grow your skills. Depending on your circumstances, the cost varies and this will be assessed when you join the course. Our College discount means you can get high-quality products at reduced rates from our suppliers when you've successfully completed your course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 December 2015
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