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Hairdressing Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

This nationally recognised course will teach you the use of advanced hairdressing techniques and essential knowledge whilst improving and  your creative ability. 

The course is based in the College's Hair and Beauty Department which has three fully equipped hairdressing salons that are open to the public.

Course content

This course is based on the national occupational standards for hairdressing and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a senior hairdresser/stylist. You will be expected to achieve all mandatory units which include: 

- Health and Safety in the Salon 
- Hairdressing Consultation 
- Hair Cutting Services 
- Hair Colouring Services 
- Setting and Dressing Services 
- Blow-drying and Finishing Services 

You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. You will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of cutting and colouring services, and set, dress and finish the hair. In parallel, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, your awareness of environmental sustainability and your commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed. 

In addition to completing mandatory units, you are required to complete one optional unit. A variety of optional units are available which include (this list is not exhaustive): Colour Correction Services, Hair and Scalp Treatments, Hair Extension Services, Men's Cutting Services, Occasion Hair Services, Managing a Commercial Column and Social Media Marketing. 

You will also need to be prepared to taking part in the following additional activities: 
- A Colouring competition 
- A Photo shoot 
- A Hairshow/showcase event 
- Peer teaching  

In addition to your course, you will also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

Entry requirements

Either a Level 2 qualification or equivalent. 

All candidates will require an interview and possibly a trade test with production of an assignment. Attendance (Minimum 90%), acceptable behaviour/attitude, ability to progress, ability to meet deadlines, satisfactory reports from all tutors will be taken into consideration. Proof of prior qualifications will be required. 


You will be continually assessed throughout the course. Areas of assessment will cover practical applications, written assignments/mood board preparation, online exams, oral questioning and portfolio evidence

Financial information

If you did not attend Boston College to complete your Hairdressing Level 2 qualification, you will be expected to purchase a basic hairdressing equipment kit (£200 approx) which will include everything you need for practical lessons. 

A materials fee of £40 needs to be paid at induction. 

Tunic overalls are compulsory, you will be provided with an order form during induction (£20 approx). 

Long haired block head (£30 approx) 

A suitable text book must be purchased to assist with the theoretical aspects of the course (£25.00 approx). 

You will need lever arch A4 folders, dividers, plastic wallets and general stationery. 

There are a number of educational visits arranged which you are encouraged to attend at a minimal cost, usually around £25.00 each trip. 

A number of short courses are also arranged for you on this course and often a small fee is charged (these are optional extras). 

Due to participating in a competition, photoshoot and hair show you will be required to purchase/provide accessories, and outfits for these occasions. 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested Bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs.

Future opportunities

Those who successfully achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hair Council. As a senior hairdresser/stylist, you could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include: 

- Commercial Salons 
- Specialist African Type Hair Salons 
- Independent/Self-Employed/Mobile/Home-Based Settings 
- Television, Film, Theatre and Media 
- Armed Services 
- HM Prison Service 
- Cruise Liners 
- Hospitals/Care Homes 

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for employment, you may choose to develop your knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas: 

- Salon Management 
- Hair Colour Correction 
- Specialist Hair and Scalp Services 
- Advanced Hair Styling

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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