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Hairdressing, Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Full Time


The course is designed to provide students with further confidence and skills in hairdressing, building upon skills achieved at level 2 and enables students to take on greater responsibility within our operational salon including developing supervisory skills with junior staff.

Advanced cutting in ladies hairdressing including use of razors, texturizing, and personalising looks for their clients. The course features advanced colouring techniques to produce creative and commercial effects which will enhance client’s hairstyles. At level 3 students are also taught corrective colouring skills which is a tremendous asset to any hairdresser and makes them even more employable to any salon owner.

Specialist training in hair extensions is also offered as an enrichment activity with our partner organisation Hair Plus Academy (please note this is an optional training opportunity with an additional fee). Our training salon, Solutions, is run as a fully functioning commercial salon offering a full range of professional consultations and treatments. Every student will have weekly opportunities to gain first-hand experience of working in the salon using top brands such as ASP and GHD. All of our tutors are highly qualified with excellent industry experience and all work hard to ensure our students benefit from this wealth of knowledge.

All students have opportunities to participate in College events such as fashion shows, the Royal Norfolk Show, hair and beauty shows and other off-site activities to build practical experience. We regularly participate in competitions and in previous years we have had students places in regional and national competitions. There are additional opportunities to visit Salon International and other events as they arise.

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

To have achieved VRQ or NVQ Level 2 & have relevant work/salon experience carried out during Level 2 studies. Applicants undertake a skills test (full head of foils) completed within a commercially viable time, a short written test of relevant hairdressing knowledge and a short interview with the course leaders. Attendance or a reference will also be considered to indicate motivation & commitment.

Please note all students will be expected to continue in their GCSE Maths & English development unless they have already achieved grade 4 or above (A-C).


The course is assessed by regular ongoing practical observations and online Evolve test, for each unit taken.
Please note that the personal appearance is an extremely important part of this course as we are preparing students for a very demanding industry.


Students that have successfully completed the programme may progress onto level 4 qualifications in hair, beauty or make up artistry. Securing an Advanced Apprenticeships would also be an option.

Career Progression

The Hair and Beauty industry is a vibrant, dynamic and creative sector offering fantastic employment and training opportunities. This sector alone employs nearly a quarter of a million people and is worth over £6 billion to the UK economy.

There are a wide variety of jobs for qualified hairdressers, including salon and spa work both in the UK and abroad. Hairdressers also work in hotels, on cruise liners, in hospitals and health clubs. With further experience, they can also become salon owners or follow careers in hair design for photography and fashion, teaching and training and work for manufacturers of hairdressing products as a technical advisor. Students could also look at becoming self-employed.

For further information check the National Careers Service website for; Hairdresser job profile, Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA)


For UK students aged under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to the start of your course, your tuition fees are free. There will be costs for equipment, trips and uniform.

UK students aged 19 years or over on the 31st August prior to the start of your course, will need to pay tuition fees as well as any equipment, uniform and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition. Costs for kit and uniform tbc.

Please check our Finance pages for fee information and any financial help that may be available.

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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.