Level 3 Diploma Hairdressing

Start date(s):
11 Sep 2017
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
19-23 - Free or £3345
24+ - £3345


This course provides learners with the advanced practical and theoretical skills required to pursue a successful career in hairdressing. You will be competent working in a customer based, fast paced environment, and will have acquired hands-on experience of working with real clients in our on-site salon.

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Take a tour around our Hair facilities

Our on-site salon, Halo, reflects the best of industry standards and provides specialist resources for hairdressing and barbering. 

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A real vocational experience

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Students hope to be a cut above the rest at the AHT competition

New College Durham students are hoping to be a cut above the rest at the region's biggest hair show. 

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New College Durham wins National Hair Champions Title

Hair and beauty students win the National Champions title at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists final.

Students are a cut above

We are celebrating winning one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at the prestigious AHT competition.

Matrix training

Matrix colour training

Our Hairdressing students took part in an Icon Creative colour and styling session.

Professional Beauty North

Professional Beauty North

Our hair and beauty students recently attended Professional Beauty North in Manchester.

Hair Seminar

Amazing hair by Mark Izzard

Mark Izzard demonstrates current avant garde hair styles for hairdressing students.

Hair and Beauty

Helping hand for hair and beauty

Students were offered advice to help with their future careers during our employability week.

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Wow! Look at that hair…

Hair and beauty students took part in the national final at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, representing the College.

Hair & Beauty

Brushing up on employability skills

Hair and beauty students widen their skills during Employability Week.

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Cutting it at the North East's biggest hair show

Hair and beauty students from New College Durham will compete in the region’s biggest hairdressing competition.

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Regional champions once again!

New College Durham won the main event at the North East heat of the AHT competition.

In-house hair & beauty competition

Students show who is a cut above

Students took part in an in-house Hair and Beauty Competition in the hope of being selected for the AHT competition.

Developing World Class Compeition Skills

Developing World Class Competition Skills

New College Durham was delighted to host the IFL/World Skills UK Vocational Masterclasses last week.


You will undertake the appropriate forms of theoretical and practical study to develop the skills required to work in the hairdressing industry. This will include practising your skills in our on-site salon, and organising an external placement. You will be encouraged to develop your employability skills throughout the course.


You will study the following units:
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
  • Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of looks
  • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
  • Hair colour correction.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

The delivery of the programme is covered with one theory session and one practical session which then converts to a client session once all training has been completed.

You will have one assignment and practical assessment for each unit. Practical assessments will be graded pass, merit or distinction based on observation of performance in the salon with paying clients.

You will be allocated a personal tutor to support teaching and learning throughout the year. If you feel you are struggling, additional support is available through our Personal Learning Coaches (PLC's).

Maths and English

If you are over 19 you do not need to study a further maths or English qualification if you choose not to, maths and English skills will be embedded into the main qualification and throughout external placements so that all learners continue to work towards them.

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Industry links:

You will receive training direct from industry professionals, Wella, for all technical units. You will engage in multiple workshops with trade hair suppliers to learn advanced cutting techniques. You will have the opportunity to develop advanced long hair skills with the help of local salon owners. The World Skills Manager will deliver and demonstrate advanced colour and cutting techniques.

You could progress to Certificate in Education at New College Durham, or seek employment as a stylist.

What else?

This course is taught by industry experts, and offers learners the opportunity to enter regional and national hairdressing competitions. Visit AHT and Wella for more information and details on professional products.
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Do I need to pay fees?

Do I need to pay fees for my course?

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

Additional Costs

You will need to purchase a hairdressing kit and uniform, as priced below:
  • Female uniform £48.00
  • Male uniform £32
  • Hairdressing kit £86.50

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to a one-to-one interview with one of our team members to discuss your suitability to the course. This will also be an opportunity for you to find out more about the course, have a look around our fantastic salon facilities, and get to know the tutors.

Entry Criteria

You will be required to have either previous experience working in a hairdressing environment or a relevant qualification to a Level 2 standard.