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City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Women’s 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.


  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon 
  • Hairdressing consultation support for colleagues
  • 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
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Perm hair to create a variety of looks
  • Colour correction

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • 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 a qualification in Level 2 Hairdressing


  • 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

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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 £3345. You may be eligible for fee remission. See Money Matters for details.

You may be eligible to receive a Student Loan for this course. Find out about the 24+ Learning Loan