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Level 3 Diploma Hairdressing

Subject Area

Hairdressing, Holistics & Wellbeing

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

Would you like to develop your skills further to secure a career in the exciting hairdressing industry? This qualification is designed to hone your skills and will allow you to take part in stimulating experiences that provide a springboard into a career in the hairdressing sector. This course will prepare you for working as a hairdresser/ stylist within a salon and enable you to work without supervision and to a higher level of precision.

Why should I choose the course?

There has never been a better time to enter the bustling hairdressing industry. The hair and beauty industry is a vibrant, dynamic and fast paced sector, offering fantastic employment and training opportunities. The sector boasts a workforce of over 245,000 people working across 55,000 businesses comprising of hair, beauty and nail salons, barbers, and spas. HABIA states the industry size and turnover annually in this sector is £6.2 billion. As one of the biggest growing industries in Cheshire currently, there are plenty of opportunities to earn high wages.

Learning on your course will take place in our state-of-the-art salon, The Academy, which has fully equipped professional hair salons. Being immersed in this front-facing salon environment and working on real paying clients will give the opportunity to put your newly developed skills to the test and receive live, honest critique. The open salon practical sessions will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism and develop a range of hairdressing techniques for a variety of hair types.

What will I learn?

The course includes the following topics:

• Hair extensions
• Colour correction
• Advanced cutting techniques
• Organisation of Promotional event
• Advanced colouring techniques

As part of the course you will be required to work on paying clients. You are encouraged to invite in your own clients but please note that all treatments are charged for at a training rate to cover product costs.

How is the apprenticeship delivered?

Assessment will take place throughout the college year in the form of practical observations, online tests and assignment work.

What will the course lead on to?

Upon completion of this qualification, you may wish to seek employment within a hair salon, or even choose to start your own business as a mobile hairdresser or open your own salon! You could focus on progressing on to a variety of roles such as a cutting, styling, or colour technician, or you may choose to begin a hair professional apprenticeship to continue your learning. This would also make you eligible for state registration with the Hair Council. Many previous students have chosen to travel the world after completing their course, working for Steiner on cruise ships or working in luxury hotels across the globe.

Are there any links with industry and university?

In order to enhance your learning and knowledge of the wider sector, you will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers throughout your course, who will come in and talk about their specialist area or their working environment. Past guest speakers have included a range of employers and manufacturers such as Affinage and Paul Mitchell, as well as previous students who have progressed with their career and opened their own businesses. We also have strong links with Steiner, a connection which will open your eyes to the exciting opportunity of working in hairdressing on cruise ships whilst travelling the world.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Studying in our professional hairdressing facilities will give you a real insight into working within this industry. We offer access to professional products and resources, keeping up with the latest trends in the industry to make your learning dynamic and relevant. Our tutors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise within this fantastic and creative industry and draw upon their working experience to enhance your learning. Our team of specialist tutors have a variety of experience within national companies, including management experience, and have an array of specialist qualifications, making your learning unique and tailored.

You will also have the opportunity to go on valuable trips and visits to complement your learning. Previous students have attended hair and beauty exhibitions such as ProBeauty, ProHair and Hair & Beauty UK, to hear from leading professionals in the industry and sample the latest products. You may also put your skills to the test at special events, such as charity events for the elderly, or even see your spooky creations come to life at local Halloween events.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have successfully completed a level 2 course in the relevant subject.

What are my funding options?

For information on funding please contact Learner Services on 01925 494400 or email

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

For this course you will be expected to purchase a uniform to demonstrate your professional standards, as well as a professional kit. Further details will be available upon application.

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Starts Sep 2024

33 Weeks
Class Times
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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