Level 3 Diploma Hairdressing (part-time)

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
(previous year's fees)


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

Enjoy our new TV and online adverts, and find out from our students what it is like to study at a top-performing college.


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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.

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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.

Blackpool AHT Hair

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.


This course aims to prepare you with the theoretical and practical skills required to work in the hairdressing industry. This will include practising your skills in our on-site salon, and organising an external placement if required. You will be encouraged to develop your employability skills throughout the course and record all evidence of external courses, enrichment and regional and national competitions.

If employed within the hairdressing industry, you can add any continuous professional development to your employability section within your course portfolios.


  • Monitor Health and Safety
  • Consultation
  • Cut womens hair to create a variety of looks
  • Style and dress hair
  • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
  • Creative hair designs (competition)
  • Perm hair
  • 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 assessments for each unit, which will be highlighted by your course tutor and an individual tracker allocated. Practical assessments will be graded pass, merit or distinction based on observation of performance in the salon with paying clients.

If you feel you are struggling with assignment or course work, an additional support service is available through our Personal Learning Coaches, which you can book when in college (PLC's).

Maths and English

If you are over 19 you do not need to study a further maths or English qualification. Maths and English skills are be embedded into the main qualification and throughout external placements.

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, do not worry, 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 have the opportunity to 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. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold an A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Hairdressers are required to have basic maths and English skills to work in the industry. English is used to ensure manufacturer's instructions for products and risk assessments are fully understood – this is vital for following Health and Safety regulations. It is important to learn and understand new terminology when completing in-depth treatment consultation forms with paying clients. In this customer focused industry, communication skills are essential for providing excellent customer service. Maths will be used in most reception duties, including: working out appointment times, calculating monetary takings, and working out discounts. Percentages will also be used when preparing products for treatments.

Industry links:

You will get involved in the following:
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Role-play interviews
  • CV development sessions
  • Work placements
  • Guest speaker sessions
  • Regional and national competitions
  • Employer activities.


It is advised you undertake a relevant work placement in a hairdressing salon, however, this is not a mandatory requirement due to the nature of the course. Any work experience or employment can be recorded within your employability booklets and stored within your course portfolio under the employability section.

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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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 be required to purchase a uniform and kit for your course. Information on prices for these items are detailed on the forms below.

You can purchase your hairdressing uniform using the following links for:

You can purchase your hairdressing kit using this form.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend an interview. Please bring any relevant qualifications.

You will have the opportunity to purchase uniforms and kits.

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold a relevant Level 2 qualification or will have previous experience working in a hairdressing environment.

You will complete various theory and practical skills tests to establish your suitability to the course.