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Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This advanced apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to be working towards advanced hairdressing skills and services. You will be released one day per week to attend College training sessions, which will cover theoretical subjectspecific knowledge and additional enhancements to practical training alongside assessment completion. You will receive training on the job, allowing you to earn, learn and train all within the same time frame.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4, including English and maths, or equivalent. You will also need a minimum of full Level 2 qualification in Hairdressing.

Other requirements: You must be in full-time employment as a stylist (junior roles are not sufficient for this course). You should have a keen eye for fashion trends and new techniques within the hair industry and be willing to work to flexible hours. You will be asked to undertake an initial assessment and interview prior to being accepted on to the programme.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Consultation
  • Creative styling
  • Creative colouring
  • Creative cutting
  • Men’s hair cutting

You will also have the opportunity to participate in external workshops such as postiche making and creative styling.

Assessment methods

You will be continuously assessed in the working salon environments. All theoretical knowledge is delivered within a classroom setting, developing bite-sized learning sections, with assessments to be carried out via internal online multiple choice tests. Results of these tests are immediate, so feedback can be given instantly upon their completion.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Hairdressing City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma


  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths if required. Level 2 Functional Skills must be achieved in order to complete the apprenticeship programme.

Further study and career options

Career progression: On successful completion of this course you could progress on to employment as an advanced salon hairstylist. You could also take the first steps into teaching hairdressing skills to others./p>

Additional information

You will be required to pay for your uniform and equipment, approximate costs are:

  • Hairdressing specialist kit (£75)
  • Hairdressing uniform (£30)
  • Practice head blocks x2 (£165)
  • Salon International trip (£25)
  • 1 x Male head block (£45)

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
1 year In College – 1 day per week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon J802 Course in progress


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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