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Hairdressing Level 3 Apprenticeship at Kendal College

Course description

Apprenticeships allow you to gain qualifications whilst working - you will normally study one day per week in college and spend the rest of the week at work, usually at least 30 hours per week. They are available at two levels, the Intermediate and the Advanced Apprenticeship.

You will be encouraged to develop a professional attitude by working on your skills in communication/interpersonal skills, personal appearance and social behaviour. The apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to achieve nationally recognised qualifications whilst progressing your career in a hair or beauty salon and earning a wage.

If you are creative, like working with people and have lots of ambition, hairdressing could be your pathway to success. Never have there been so many exciting possibilities at the cutting edge of the fashion, style and grooming business.

Successful hairdressers can take their pick from many top jobs - working in top salons in the UK or on magazines or photoshoots in the fashion media. With UK hairdressing regarded as the best in the world, there is plenty of opportunity to use your skills internationally.

On this programme you will study various aspects of hairdressing which will include shampooing, conditioning, setting and blow-drying, cutting, perming and colouring. This is a vocationally based qualification. You will also be encouraged to develop your skills in communication, interpersonal skills, personal appearance and social behaviour. and work as part of a team.

Functional Skills will also form an integral part of your course. Students also get involved in hair and fashion shows and competition work.

Course content

At level 3, NVQ Diploma, you will study the following four mandatory units:

-Creatively colour and lighten hair
- Provide hairdressing consultation 
- Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques 
- Creatively style and dress hair

Plus optional units specific to your job role such as:

- Hair colour correction services
- Provide colour correction services 
- Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills

Entry requirements

At Level 3, you should have five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English.

You should also be working 30 hours per week (if you are looking for employment see below for information). For the Advanced Apprenticeship you should have completed the Level 2 Apprenticeship or an equivalent qualification. Please speak to the course tutor for guidance.

This Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business so importance is given to:

- Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene.
- Practical, organisational and social skills.
- Attention to detail and cleanliness.
- A good sense of humour/amicable nature and communication skills whether dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone.
- Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract.
- A high degree of dexterity and coordination.

Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Email for more information.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.

- Contact local businesses and see if they have any vacancies available.


The majority of the qualification is completed through practical assessments. These can be college based as part of your timetable or completed in the work place with your assessor.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Future opportunities

Recognition of your qualifications by employers can lead to rapid career development in the workplace or progression on to higher levels of study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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    • The majority of our courses are based at our main site. The College completed a £12.9 million new build project in 2008, which includes reception, conference and seminar suites, hairdressing salons and 250-seat cafe with external balcony. The site also features the stunning Construction and Heritage Centre, which features cutting edge facilities for carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing and electrical installation.

      In October 2010 the College opened the South Lakeland Design Engineering Centre, which has brought engineering back to Kendal College. The Centre, designed in conjunction with local engineering firms including Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited, features state of the art computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, including a 3D printer, which prints out solid models directly from CAD Drawings. The college is currently building a new, purpose-built engineering centre which will open in September 2014 and provide new courses in medical science, engineering and sustainable energy.