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Course Code: SFVHR091

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: Vocational Courses

Course overview

This cutting-edge qualification will take your knowledge, skills and techniques to the next level. If you're serious about a successful career as a hair stylist or qualified hairdresser, then this course will take you even closer to achieving your goal.

You’ll start your journey right away, building on skills already attained with hands-on experience in our Academy of Hair salon, supported by industry leader Wella. As well as working in our busy salon, which is open to the public, you’ll also get the opportunity to gain vital work experience at one of the award-winning salons we work in partnership with.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop professional-standard skills and expertise in areas such as cutting women's hair to creating a variety of looks, colouring hair and hair colour correction techniques, styling and dressing hair, creating beautiful bridal hair and a barbering unit. You will also learn how to creatively cut hair and develop your skills in long hair work.

More than just increasing your technical hairdressing expertise, you'll develop the knowledge to provide professional consultation services to your customers as well as learning about the intricacies of day-to-day salon life and health and safety in a salon environment.

You will also have the opportunity to enter competitions, complete a photo shoot, research customer service practices and develop your management style.

Full-time study will require two or three days spent in college and some time spent in a salon placement (this is a mandatory requirement of the course).

You will need a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English Language at grade 4 or above. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Hairdressing qualifcation for progression to Level 3 and maths & English skills at the appropriate level.

Assessments are completed in our busy commercial salon, carrying out services on real clients. You are continually assessed throughout the course by building your portfolio of work, which contains evidence of your competence in each of the technical and related skills. On the programme you will have the opportunity to work towards a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit.

If you wish to find out more you can contact Diane Hutchinson by emailing:

On gaining the Level 3 Hairdressing qualification you could progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship, gain employment or go freelance within the industry.

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit


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