Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inHairdressing

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The Advanced Apprenticeship Hairdressing is made up of qualifications and learning that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to become competent in the role. The framework includes a balance of content in technical, business and interpersonal areas, designed to ensure you have an appropriate set of skills to operate in a salon environment.

This Apprenticeship provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge that prove occupational competence as a senior stylist. The hairdressing qualification covers a range of skills and knowledge such as creative cutting, styling, performing a range of chemical services, providing specialist hair and scalp treatments as well as consulting with clients.

The programme is delivered in the workplace with day release at the Hairdressing Academy. If the apprentice is required to take Functional Skills, these will be held on the same day. It is evaluated through a combination of work-based assessments that enable the apprentice to complement skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace with the knowledge gained.The Hairdressing NVQ Diploma level 3 is designed for those who work in or wish to pursue a career in hairdressing.

Who The Apprenticeships Is For?

This Apprenticeship programme is designed for candidates who have successfully completed Level 2 Hair Professional standard who wish to become fully qualified hairdressers.

Course Content

  • Provide Client Consultation Services
  • Creatively Style & Dress Hair
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • Creatively colour and lighten hair
  • Hair colour correction services
  • Create a variety of permed effects

Delivery Model

Day release on a Monday (9.00am-5.00pm) for year 1 and Monday evening (5.00-8.00pm) for year 2, plus assessments in the workplace. Average duration 18 months.

Entry Requirements

Potential apprentices will have level 2 Hair Professional Standard and Functional Skills Level 1 or GCSE grade D in maths and English. Otherwise they can complete Level Functional Skills as required alongside their Apprenticeship. If functional skills are required they will be delivered in College sessions.

Maths and English

Apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C) as part of their Apprenticeship framework. If maths and English are required these are typically taught in college specialist functional skills classes.

Assessment Methods

The Level 3 Hairdressing Apprenticeship is assessed through a combination of work based assessments that enable the apprentice to complement the skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace with the knowledge gained. Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship. This can be tracked and monitored through their e-portfolio.

Progression Opportunities

Having completed the Level 3 Hairdressing Apprenticeship, candidates will have the opportunity to progress to specific industry training relevant to their current position.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

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Key Facts

Mode of Attendance:
The Apprenticeship course is part time to fit around your work commitments, you may be required to attend college on a day release or your tutor will visit you in the work place.

Advanced Apprenticeship

Before you can start an Apprenticeship, you need to be in employment. The course start dates are flexible to fit around your employer.

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