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Level 3 in Hairdressing at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Hairdressing aims to provide you with a range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing industry. We recommend you achieve a Level 2 qualification in hairdressing or have equivalent industry experience before enrolling on this course. This qualification is suitable for anyone over the age of 16 years. A well-groomed and professional appearance is essential as you will be working with the public and need to present a professional image. Great importance is also placed on reliability requiring regular attendance and punctuality. You will be advised of any materials you will need to purchase for your course, such as a Hairdressing kit, text book and salon uniform, when you attend the Welcome Event/Progression interview.

This qualification covers a very wide range of practical skills and knowledge required for working in the Hairdressing industry.

Compulsory units:
• Cut hair using a combination of techniques
• Creatively colour and lighten hair
• Hairdressing consultation services
• Creatively style and dress hair
• Hair colour correction services

Optional units:
• Cut men's hair using basic techniques
• Creative hair design skills
• Creative hair extension services
• Smoothing and strengthening systems
• Create a variety of perming effects
• Hair relaxing services
• Specialist hair and scalp treatments

You will spend an evening each week in our salons, to build up your commercial experience.

Entry requirements

This Course is suitable for anybody over the age of 16.

You will need a full NVQ Level 2 qualification or Level 2 Cutting & Styling and Level 2 Colouring & Styling, a Grade 4 or above in English, a college reference and a successful interview.  Each candidate will be considered on their experience, suitability and previous course references showing good attendance and behaviour and a genuine interest in the hairdressing industry. You will be interviewed as part of the College Welcome Event or if currently studying at Cambridge Regional College, will need you to complete an internal progression form and attend a progression interview with the beauty therapy team. You will be required to complete a trade test.
In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


The skills you are learning should be practised outside college in order to develop and progress, and your practical skills will be supplemented with theoretical study necessary to successfully complete the assessments.  You will also need to complete some form of work experience. You will need to set time aside at home to work on your portfolio.

The programme is assessed throughout the year in a number of ways:
• By demonstrating your practical competence on your peers in the college salon and in case studies to a level required in employment. You may also be encouraged to work on family, friends and fee paying clients in the college salon.
• Answering oral questions as part of the practical assessment to demonstrate your treatment knowledge and understanding
• Compiling a portfolio of work undertaken during the year
• Answering written questions and assignments set by your tutor
• Taking part in an externally moderated practical assignment – This may take place outside of your regular college hours.
• On-line testing

You may be required to provide clients for assessment as the college cannot guarantee client availability

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

On successful completion of Level 3 Technical Diploma in Hairdressing there are career opportunities to work in salons, be self-employed, session styling, and cruise liners. There is also the opportunity to progress onto higher education and also work on a self-employed basis. If you decide to continue your studies you could take additional qualifications in media make up, Beauty Therapy, holistic therapy, fitness or a HNC/HND to widen your employment prospects.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 June 2019
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