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Hairdressing Level 3

Level 3 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing is a technical level qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser/stylist.

Specifically designed for the 16-18 age groups, it builds on existing knowledge and understanding of hairdressing (Level 2) and will develop an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare learners for employment as a senior hairdresser/stylist. Learners will have their hairdressing skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment, and will master their skills to create a variety of looks by using a range of techniques.

Course Content

Topics Covered:          

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
  • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
  • Hairdressing consultation support for colleagues

Optional Units:

  • Provide hair extension services
  • Research in the hair and beauty sector
  • Salon design for the hair and beauty sector
  • IT and data handling in the hair and beauty sector
  • Marketing in the hair and beauty sector
  • Maintaining personal health and wellbeing
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Make and style a hair addition
  • Human resource management within the hair and beauty sector
  • Bridal hairstyling
  • Perm/Relax  hair to create a variety of looks
  • Manage the creation of a hair style collection
  • Hair and scalp specialist services

Exams:  The external paper will test your knowledge of all unit criteria.  A pass mark of 70% must be achieved.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 and above including Maths & English. Learners should hold a Level 2 qualification in hairdressing prior to undertaking this qualification.


This qualification will prepare you to progress to the next level of vocational learning.  Learners who complete this qualification are also eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council.

Career opportunities as an advanced hairdresser/senior stylist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Commercial salons
  • Specialist African type hair salons
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
  • Product manufacturing and training
  • Television, film, theatre and media
  • Armed services
  • HM prison service
  • Cruise liners
  • Hospitals/care homes

Many of our students have also gone onto University or into employment or their own business ventures.
Former students now work for companies such as MAC, Charles Fox, Clinique, Bobby Brown, Screen Face and many more.