Hairdressing student cutting hair in a salon

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

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The Level 3 hairdressing qualification will teach you advance elements that are required to help you become a hair stylist so that you can progress to further levels or employment within the hairdressing industry.

Training takes place in our on-site salon, Salon HQ which will give your the opportunity to gain valuable work experience whilst you learn.

You will be assessed throughout the course to check on your progress in a variety of ways. This includes observations, oral questions and online tests.


  • Provide hairdressing consultation services
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • Colour hair using a variety of techniques
  • Provide colour correction services
  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Contribute to the planning and implementing of promotional activities.

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • Adults aged 19+

Entry requirements

  • Up to five GCSEs grades A*-C or an equivalent qualification at Level 2
  • Personal commitment and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Working towards or have achieved Level 2 in English and maths
  • Gained qualifications in Level 2 Hairdressing


  • Level 3 qualification – Year 2
  • Apprenticeship
  • Foundation Degree
  • Higher Degree
  • Employment 

When does the course run?

September 2020

Study Programme

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24, declare a disability and have an EHC Plan this course will form part of your study programme.

The programme also includes:

  • English & Maths
  • Citizenship & Employability
  • Work Experience or Placement
  • Enrichment
  • 1-to-1 Personal Tutor Sessions

Find out more about Study Programme

Course Fees

Courses are free for all students aged 16 – 18 (or up to 24 for those who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan).

For people aged 19+ the course fee is TBC. You may be eligible for fee remission. See Money Matters for details.

If the course is funded by the 24+ Learning loan the course fee is TBC. Find out about the 24+ Learning Loan