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Apprenticeship Standard: Hair Professional (Hairdressing)

Studying an advanced Level 3 hairdressing qualification will allow you to take your skills into the wider industry by working in a salon alongside your college work, gaining valuable experience and knowledge.


This course will allow you to take ownership of your work, client lists and responsibilities within your hair salon. During this qualification you will learn how to carry out precision and personalised cutting techniques, you will also learn how to use colour to create bespoke looks and strengthening and smoothing techniques. You will learn a variety of fashion-forward styling and dressing techniques which will increase your employability skills across a wider range of industry career opportunities.

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Start date: 01/08/2022

Course code
Level 2
Penwith College
1 year


Small Class Sizes

Experienced Tutors

Industry Standard Facilities

Great Industry Links

Learn From Sector Experts

You will be taught by staff with extensive industry experience who will advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the hairdressing industry.

Gain Invaluable Skills

You will formulate imaginative and creative advanced colouring and cutting techniques.

Opportunity to showcase your work

Promote your skills by designing a collection of looks that will be showcased on a variety of media platforms.


This course will support your current skills and help develop them to an advanced level. Throughout this qualification you will develop not only your practical skills but also develop the theory elements needed for the completion of this course. This qualification is mainly a practical course, using a variety of teaching methods including discussions, demonstrations, and presentations. When attending college you will work on your own, in pairs and in small groups practicing techniques within a realistic working environment in well-equipped, purpose-built salons.


After the Level 3 there are several different paths to choose from, you can continue with your studies onto Level 4 in Salon Management or gain full-time employment. Some of the areas you may go on to work in include, but are not limited to: Senior Stylist, Salon Manager, Stylist on a Cruise ship, Assessor in education, Brand Representative.

Assessment Arrangements

The grade you achieve in this qualification depends on your attendance, punctuality and effort. You will study in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods:

  • Most assessments are completed through practical observations of skills and techniques. This will be carried out throughout all your units, as you continuously strive to work towards a competent level of advanced hairdressing services.
  • You will be assessed regularly on written theory work that may be conducted within the class, or as a homework activity; feedback will be continuously provided on your progress.
  • Mock examinations will also be undertaken on each unit throughout your course preparing you for your end point knowledge test.

End Point Assessment

The qualification requires you to sit an end point assessment.

This includes:

  • A knowledge test
  • Practical Observation
  • Questioning
  • Professional discussion

The elements of assessment are carried out once you have reached the gateway point, this will be decided by your employer and tutors, once you are working to the required standard.

Duration 12 Months + 3 months EPA

Entry Requirements

You will need a Level 2 Hairdressing Qualification and GCSE grade 4 in English and Math’s.

Information & Support

We encourage you to practice your skills at every opportunity available to you within your salon placement, we also encourage you to utilise the online resources provided by the College for guidance. In addition, we expect you to conduct your own research during set home study activities to enhance your understanding of products and the science behind hairdressing.

Additional Information

Kit and Uniform will be supplied at the start of the Level 3 Creative Professional Apprenticeship, you will need salon uniform and specific equipment; full advice will be given on these before the start of your course.

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