Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing

Hair and beauty student putting on make up onto a woman


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills to an advanced level through a variety of techniques such as the creative art of cutting women’s hair, the artistic skill of
colouring, imaginative dexterity of styling and dressing hair, and how to provide effective consultation support for colleagues.

This part tme course is one day per week over the course of the academic year.

Course Content - What will I learn?

This qualification will develop a complete repertoire of technical skills to prepare you for employment. Units covered will include:

Cut hair using a combination of creative techniques – create a variety of looks for women using club cutting, freehand and scissor-over-comb techniques

Colouring hair using a variety of techniques – gain the knowledge and artistic skill of using hair colour to create an effect

Colour correction services – learn to restore depth and tone of colour and neutralise unwanted colour tones

Creatively style and dress hair – develop a variety of conventional and non-conventional setting and dressing techniques to produce innovative, fashionable, creative, personalised looks

Creatively dress long hair – learn the techniques, products, tools and equipment required for setting and dressing long hair

Monitor procedures to safely control work operations – improve knowledge of the measures designed to protect the health and safety of people at work and that of others, such as visitors and members of the public

Marketing and promotion of products to clients – develop an understanding of the necessary communication skills and know how to identify and promote appropriate products to the client

As part of the study programme, you may also be required to study English and maths as part of your programme at the appropriate level for you. Work experience, enrichment and employability will also form an integral part of your course.

Am I right for the course?

All students who have a keen interest in hairdressing will enjoy this course. You will need to be organised, committed and willing to work independently and as part of a group, as the course is both rigorous and demanding in an academic and practical sense. If you think this suits you, then you will find the course interesting, stimulating, challenging and very rewarding.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 9 – 4 including maths and English or a full Level 2 with a merit profile and grades 9 – 4 in English & maths. Professional Reference

Assessment is evidenced in a portfolio of work. Assessments include examination, observation, written assignments and oral questioning. You will treat clients in the commercial salon and will receive practice treatments from students.

It is a requirement that students will attend a late night weekly session until 8.00/8.30pm and will need to arrange appropriate transport home at this time, as this reflects industry standards. You will be required to purchase a uniform and kit through the college to support you in completing the course

What Next?

Advance your career in salon management with further study or work as a senior stylist.

Our Hair and Beauty courses enable you to work in a wide variety of salons, nail bars, spas, cruise ships, or even work abroad in luxury resorts. Depending on the level you choose to study, we recommend that you carry on climbing the ladder within Oaklands, and then onto university or into employment.

Potential careers:

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Theatrical and Media Makeup Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Salon Management
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Reflexologist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Skincare Consultant
  • Hairdresser/stylist

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

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Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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