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Hairdressing (Level 3)

This level 3 qualification is ideal if you have completed NVQ or VRQ level 2 hairdressing and wish to develop your skills and knowledge of the hairdressing industry whilst working within the commercial salon of Brooks.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year
  • Hairdressing at Level 2

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Health & safety
    • Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
    • Advanced hair cutting services
    • Style and dress hair
    • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
    • Colour correction
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications

Assessment methods

Practical assessments on paying clients in our bespoke salon with online exams at the end of each unit with the addition of assignments.


Hairdressing City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma

Plus English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme a candidate can progress to: Beauty courses, Media Make-up, assessing and teaching progressions available through the College; Salon Management available through selected University options; Progression to senior stylist level, salon management, Rep technician, session stylist, artistic director.

Additional information

You will be required to pay £25 for your uniform and £200 for your professional kit

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon BBJ110

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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.

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