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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

Upon completion of this course, you will be competent in all aspects of advanced skills and techniques, creating a world of opportunity to work in all areas of the hairdressing industry.


This qualification includes a range of advanced skills and techniques across cutting, colouring, colour correction and styling and competition work. This will increase employability skills across a wider range of industry career opportunities. Throughout this qualification you will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of all advanced areas, alongside developing interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients and junior members of staff. This one-year qualification is mainly a practical course, using a variety of teaching methods including discussions, demonstrations, and presentations. 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.

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Start date: 09/09/2024

Course code
Level 3
Truro College
1 year


Small Classes

Experienced Tutors

Industry-standard facilities

Modern Equipment

Industry Links

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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.

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Develop work-related skills

During your programme you will develop personal and employability skills which will help prepare you for full-time work after you have completed the qualification. You will undertake a one day a week work placement in a hairdressing salon throughout your qualification.

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Enjoy professional surroundings

Our working hairdressing salons all contain the latest industry-standard equipment and resources.


Your achievement in this qualification is dependent upon excellent 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 client hairdressing services.
  • You will be assessed regularly on written theory work that may be conducted within the class or as a homework activity and feedback will be continuously provided on your progress.
  • Your performance will be reviewed during 1:1 sessions with your personal tutor.
  • Mock examinations will also be undertaken on each unit throughout your course, preparing you for your graded assessments.

Work Placement:

A one day a week work placement is a mandatory requirement for this course. It must equate to 45 days or 315 hours


Career opportunities for a qualified hairdresser include working in salons as a Senior Stylist, or Salon Manager. You could also become a freelance Stylist or open your own business. The course will also allow you to progress to study at Level 4 or 5, qualifications to include Salon Management or Teaching.

Assessment Arrangements


All units in this qualification are graded Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction* by:

  • Externally set and internally marked, graded practical assessments through observation.
  • Externally set and marked online examinations.
  • Externally set and internally marked graded synoptic assessments through observation.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 Hairdressing Qualification, GCSE Grade 4 in English and Maths.

Information & Support

We encourage you to practice your skills away from College where possible and 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 understanding of products and the science behind hairdressing. However, we will also offer you opportunities to conduct this research at College.

You will need salon uniform and specific equipment. Full advice will be given on these before the start of your course.

Awarding Body: VTCT

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What you could earn

  • Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors
  • Hairdressers and Barbers
  • Beauticians and Related Occupations
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