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Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Level 3 Standard

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    October 2024

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • October 2024, Apprenticeship


An Advanced & Creative Hair Professional works in the hair industry, which is one of the largest, most trusted and fashion- forward professions. These professionals are creative, passionate and driven; they work without supervision, managing themselves and others. They provide a high quality service, and are highly skilled and experienced in working with fashion- forward trends and creative styles which are influenced by current images and their own creativity, imagination, flair and interpretation.

Course content includes:

  • Researching fashion- forward trends and using these to design, create, plan, enhance, and promote a collection of looks.
  • Analysing what influences the design/ creation of hairstyles.
  • Using and adapting sectioning and cutting guidelines, creative and precision techniques, and technical skills.
  • Creating imaginative colour conversion services.
  • Using a range of creative finishing, colouring and dressing techniques to enhance hairstyles.
  • Carrying out in-depth consultations and complex analyses of hair, and applying products and tools.

You will complete the Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professional apprenticeship standard.

  • This apprenticeship will involve college attendance and off the job training.
  • You will also develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • You need to have an employer to support your apprenticeship and be employed in a relevant job role.
  • The typical length of this apprenticeship course is 15 months.
  • This course typically starts in October.

If you already have an employer for your apprenticeship or would like more information on how to find an apprenticeship, please click Apply Now.

If you are an employer who is looking to recruit an apprentice or you already have someone you would like to enrol onto the apprenticeship course, please contact our Apprenticeships Team on 01603 773365 or to discuss the next steps.

Why Our College?

Real Salon Environment

Our training salons are open to the public which gives you the chance to experience working on real clients before you start work.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Grade 4/C in Maths and English (Language or Literature) or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Candidates must also have the Level 2 Hair Professional apprenticeship qualification/ Level 2 NVQ
  • Candidates are also expected to hold the Level 3 VRQ Hairdressing Certificate

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, learners will be awarded with the Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship Standard.


Apprentices will be ready for End Point Assessment (EPA) which includes a range of assessment methods:

  • Multiple- choice knowledge test
  • Observation and questioning in the workplace, consisting of 2 services: one precision cut and finish from a personal collection of hairstyles, and one advanced creative colour conversion service on previously coloured hair
  • Professional discussion with an independent assessor


Successful completion of this course should provide the employer or wider sector with a skilled staff member who is ready to progress within the wider Hair and Beauty sector.

Career Progression

Apprentices may wish to explore opening their own business or working within an established business.


Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, and the size of the company.

For employers with less than 50 employees who do not pay the apprenticeship levy and who take on an apprentice who is aged between 16-18 at the start of their apprenticeship, there will be no direct cost and the full training costs will be covered by Government funding. If the apprentice is aged 19+ the government partially subsides the training costs and the employer will need to pay 5% of the costs. In the case of this course, the fee would be £250.

For an employer with more than 50 employees a 5% charge will be implemented regardless of the age of the apprentice which in this case would be £250.

A levy paying company will pay the full cost of the apprenticeship from their levy account which in this case would be £5,000.

Please note that course fees are to be paid by the employer and apprentices must not be asked to make a financial contribution toward their training.

To discuss apprenticeship course fees in more detail or for more information on recruiting an apprentice, please contact 01603 773365 or

Why Our College?

Real Salon Environment

Our training salons are open to the public which gives you the chance to experience working on real clients before you start work.