Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing for Colour Technicians

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 3
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Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £3345, your course may be free


Course details may be subject to change

This course provides those keen to start a career in hairdressing with the skills and hands-on experience necessary for employment/ self-employment in the industry.

You will work in our on-site salon to build an awareness of health and safety regulations, and develop the advanced skills needed to cut and style hair to create a specific look.


This course aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to be competent in providing a service in the hairdressing industry, and to be able to work independently and carry out consultations with clients.

As a stylist you will cover all advanced cutting, colouring and colour correction techniques. You will be encouraged to take part in competitions, enrichment activities and employability workshops throughout the year, to enhance and develop your workplace skills and communication skills.


You will study the following units:
  • Consultation support for colleagues on hair services – you will carry out consultations with clients in salon sessions.
  • Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks - you will carry out advanced cutting skills and techniques on clients.
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of looks – you will use dressing and styling techniques learnt in the practical sessions to create client looks.
  • Creative colouring - you will learn, practice and complete advanced colouring techniques.
  • Hair colour correction - you will develop the skills needed to carry out colour correction techniques on the clients in the salon. Creative perming techniques
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Promote products and services.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


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

Teaching & assessment

You will learn the relevant practical skills and theory knowledge over the duration of the course for each unit.

Practical assessments will be carried out with your tutor once you feel you are ready to be assessed, these assessments will be carried out at various points in the year. Each unit will also include a written assignment.

You may be required to provide some clients and models throughout the year to work on, so that you can maximise your learning and explore the skills you have been learning.

The programme will combine one theory session and three practical sessions, as well as one independent client session, per week. You will face a theoretical and practical assessment on completion of each unit.

You will also have access to support through your personal tutor, and additional support is available through a Personal Learning Coach (PLC).

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Industry links:

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

We utilise our links with industry to provide you with the following opportunities:
  • Leading manufacturer, Wella, provide training for all technical units.
  • Trade hair industry professionals provide demonstrations of advanced cutting techniques.
  • Regular visits from Salon Managers to deliver sessions in advanced long hair skills.
  • Recruitment Manager from Steiner delivers presentation on the career paths and opportunities available on cruise liners.
  • WorldSkills Manager delivers and demonstrates advanced colour and cutting techniques.

We encourage all students to enter competitions, such as World skills and the AHT competition.


You will be required to undertake a work placement within an external salon for a minimum of 70 hours, to ensure you develop the essential skills to work in this fast paced industry. It is your responsibility to find a work placement, therefore, you can decide whether you want to carry out your placement in a block period of time or one day a week.

You could gain employment within the hairdressing industry, in a salon or self-employed.

What else?

You will be able to practice your skills and raise your profile with competitions. Visit AHT for more information.

Click here for hairdressing resources, such as video tutorials.

To browse professional hairdressing products, visit Wella.

Other useful links:
The Hairdressing Charity
Careers Rush


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Fees and funding

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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 uniform using the following links for:

You can purchase your kit using this form.

Additionally, as part of your course you will be expected to pay £25 towards trips and visits and a £5 deposit for a locker.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview in college with a curriculum team member where you will receive further information about the course.

Please bring your GCSE grades. At this stage, your suitability to the course will be assessed and expectations will be discussed. You will also be invited to attend our Prospective Parents' Evening to give you the opportunity to purchase kit and uniforms for your course.

You will also receive an invitation for Summer School, to give you a taster of what it’s like to work in hairdressing.

Further Education

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Entry Criteria

You will hold a relevant Level 2 Hairdressing qualification. You will complete various theory and practical skills tests to establish your suitability to the course.

You will undertake various theoretical and practical skills tests to establish your dexterity skills, ability to problem solve and follow instructions. Staff will review results from your skills tests, other qualifications and GCSE grades to establish the correct starting point for you.