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Hairdressing for Cutting and Styling Technicians Level 3 Diploma at Epping Forest College

Course description

This advanced level course is suitable for those who have achieved Level 2 and have practical experience of working in a salon. You will specialise in cutting and styling.

Your success and enjoyment of the course is important to us and we train only to the highest professional industry standards in every aspect including salon behaviour and professional ethics; dress code; attendance and punctuality; salon cleanliness, hygiene and maintenance of equipment and tools; salon efficiency and client care; selling and promotions as well as the technical skills of a variety of industry services, in order to ensure you are prepared fully for the demands of employment in the industry.

Therefore, to be a successful student you will need to have motivation, inspiration and a keen interest in the hairdressing industry; be a team player and work well on your own initiative; enjoy working with members of the public and be a great communicator and listener with a mature and happy personality.

During your course you will be involved in many events including educational visits, open events, promotional events both in the college and at external venues, charity events, client salon sessions, student and class led events. There will also be guest speakers and industry training opportunities, competitions and a fantastic end of year show.

Course content

  • ​Unit 302 - Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Unit 303 - Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
  • Unit 304 - Cut women’s hair to create a variety of looks
  • Unit 305 - Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
  • Unit 312 - Cut men’s hair to create a variety of looks
  • Unit 306 - Colour hair to create a variety of looks
  • Unit 317 - Promote and sell products and services to clients
  • Unit 410 - hair colour correction

English & Maths is included as part of your study programme at EFC. All students will be working towards a GCSE Grade C in English Language & Maths alongside their chosen subject. If you’ve already achieved these grades, we will work with you to develop your literacy and numeracy skills further throughout the year.

You will have the opportunity to undertake relevant work experience throughout your programme. Your tutor will help you identify the employability skills you need toimprove, and our dedicated work experience team will help find a placement that’s right for you.

Entry requirements

Pass at an appropriate Level 2 Hairdressing qualification.


Continual practical on going assessment of your skills and industry standards through observations, assignments and online exams and theory assessment in the Salon.

Financial information

You will need to purchase the following equipment for this course:

  • Uniform £52* (inc. tunic, trouser, name badge, fob watch)
  • L3 kit £69*
  • Text book £25.19*


*Subject to additional £5 for home delivery

Material fee £38

Future opportunities

There are lots of different options to continue your studies after level 3 qualifications. These include specialised vocational degrees , Honours Degrees (usually 3 year courses, although they may include a sandwich year on work placement).

It is very important to find out about all of your options after you have completed your course. Some careers will require specific qualifications and training for you to work in the sector, whereas other jobs and careers do not have a set training route.

You may also choose to apply for an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) or Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4/Foundation Degree). Information about apprenticeships can be found at the National Apprenticeship website - you can search and apply for apprenticeships there. You then complete ONE application form, which you can use to apply for any Apprenticeship. The entry requirements vary a lot, depending on the employer, the college and the Apprenticeship. Notgoingtouni has information about Higher Apprenticeships as well as vacancies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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      The College is easily accessed by less then 10 minutes drive from both the M25 and M11 motorways.

      We’re also a 5 minute walk from the London Underground at Debden Station on the Central Line, 
      and we’re a 10 minute cab ride from Chingford Overground rail station.

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      as well as designated areas for coaches and other large vehicles.


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      from our Theatre, with 264 retractable seats, to a standard classroom.

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