Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing for Colour Technicians (part-time)

Start date(s):
14 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
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Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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Course details may be subject to change

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.

AHT Comp 2017 - team event

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.

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. You will work independently and will carry out consultations with clients. 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.

This course aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to be competent in providing a service in the hairdressing industry. To be able to work independently and carryout consultations with clients.
By choosing this career option you will be embarking on a full-time study programme that’s delivered over several days.
Your chosen career will enable you to explore the related skills to carry out the following skills:

As a stylist, you will cover all advanced cutting, colouring and colour correction techniques. If you are employed within the hairdressing industry, you can add any continuous professional development to your employability section within your course portfolios.


  • Monitor Health & Safety
  • Consultation
  • Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks
  • Style and dress hair
  • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
  • Creative hair designs (competition)
  • Hair colour correction
  • Promote products.

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 an assignment and practical assessment 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.

Additional support is available through our Personal Learning Coach (PLC) service.

Maths and English

You do not have a requirement to study additional Maths and English, but it is embedded into the vocational aspect of the programme.

Industry links:

The programme also offers the opportunity to take part in enrichment activities and employability workshops through the year, to enhance and develop your workplace skills and communication skills.

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.

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It is advised that 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.

Click here for hairdressing resources, such as video tutorials.

Other useful links:
Fellowship Hair
The Hairdressing Charity
Careers Rush
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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 uniform using the following links for:

You can purchase your kit using this form.

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.

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.