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Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma at Chelmsford College

Course description

We offer a nationally recognised apprenticeship framework which is a work-based learning route into employment in the Hairdressing industry with qualifications combining skills and knowledge.

Level 3 Advanced Hairdressing

As an advanced apprentice you will be working as Stylist carrying out treatments including creative hair cutting, colouring, colour correction, creative dressing, styling and perming and providing hair extension services

Entry requirements

It is advantageous to have had previous work experience in the hairdressing industry and have three GCSEs Grade C in English, Maths, Science or Art. You should be able to demonstrate English and Mathematics skills to at least Level 2. This will typically be identified through your existing qualifications and an initial assessment in maths and English.


You will be required to attend College 1 day a week on a weekly basis for the duration of your Apprenticeship. All Apprenticeship Frameworks consist of 'on' and 'off' the job training and you will receive regular supervision and mentoring from your employer. In addition, you will have regular meetings with your Work Based Tutor where you will be trained, assessed and monitored in the work place.

Assessment methods will vary in accordance to the qualification. Assessment typically consists of observations, assignments, exams and other product evidence, such as photographs or digital voice recordings. Your Tutor will work with you to ensure you produce a portfolio of evidence. This will be submitted to the awarding organistion when you complete your qualifications.

On average you will be seen once every 3 weeks for an average of duration of 2 hours. If you attend College on a day release programme, your Tutor may only visit you in the workplace every 9-12 weeks. Formal reviews of your progress take place every 9-12 weeks and this will include you, your employer and your Work Based Tutor. Your progress is reviewed regularly as it is very important and crucial to the success of your Apparenticeship. If you are required to study Functional Skills as part of your framework, you may need to attend College for specific Mathematics and English classes. In addition, you may need to attend College for work shops or master classes for some units of your qualification.

All training and development takes place during contracted working hours.

Financial information

If you are over the age of 19 your employer will need to make a contribution to the cost of your training. This discussion will take place between the employer and Employer Engagement Adviser. You should work with your employer to establish what uniform and tools/equipment you will need to work effectively. Your employer will typically obtain these for you but you may need or want to purchase items for yourself.

With regards to your training, you will be provided with a log book for your qualification. A level 2/3 kit and uniform will need to be purchased. You may wish to obtain additional text books, folders and stationery. When attending College you will be expected to cover the costs of any transport to and from College. Finally - you may also have an opportunity to attend optional trips and visits which you may need to pay for.

Future opportunities

Possible job roles:


Possible Progression opportunities:

Senior Stylist

Further L4 professional qualifications such as Salon Management

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2016

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    • The Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy is based in the city centre on Rainsford Road. It is home to our Hair and Beauty departments that are run in partnership with the famous Essex hairdresser. 

      It has everything you would expect from a modern, well-equipped hair and beauty salon - and much more besides. Here you will find excellent facilities for study with teaching facilities in both hair and beauty and two classrooms equipped with the latest technology, as well as an enjoyable and relaxing experience for the clients. Laid out over three floors, the campus is a short walk from the main bus station and railway station and even houses a 20m catwalk/runway which are used for our Hair & Beauty end of year shows.

      The campus also houses a Learning Centre, a silent study area and a break out area for students to relax and socialise.