Hairdressing VRQ Diploma Level 3 | Bolton College

Hairdressing VRQ Diploma Level 3

Overview of the course

The Level 3 Hairdressing Course is delivered in our state of the art Hairdressing Academy which includes 5 large air conditioned studios all designed to provide realistic hairdressing working environments. You will enjoy and participate in a varied teaching and training programme. This VRQ course is for those wishing to progress from Level 2 in hairdressing and are looking to advance their skills. It can also be for those wishing to update/refresh their skills at a higher level.  This intensive hairdressing course will enable you to be at the level which the hairdressing industry requires from it's hairdressers.  You will be taught specialist skills including up tp date techniques in creative cutting, colouring, long hair dressing and business skills. Part of the course includes photographic, promotional and Hair show activities.

What can I expect to learn?

You will be able to develop your creativity and independence as a stylist. You will study a wide range of hairdressing units and practice your skills in taught sessions and client based practical sessions. It will be delivered by our highly trained, experienced and fully qualified staff. Whilst studying and training you will experience and participate in a combination of demonstrations, seminars, lectures, tutorials and educational visits as well as 'in house' and external training by leading manufacturers for the hairdressing industry.

The following units will give you the specialist skills which will enable you to progress in your career options.

Mandatory units include:-

Optional units include:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practise in the salon
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Fashion perming
  • Colour hair to create a variety of techniques
  • Hair colour correction
  • Client consultation
  • Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
  • Bridal hairstyling
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation on promotional activities

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on a continual basis. Practical skills will be assessed on clients, friends and family in a realistic working environment, oral questioning is also used. Theory assessments consist of online testing, assignments and portfolio work.

All Learners will complete an Individual Learning Plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.

What qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?

You will be awarded a City and Guilds Level 3 Hairdressing VRQ Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing

What do I need to join the course?

You will already have a Level 2 hairdressing qualification or other relevant experience in a salon. You will need to pass a successful interview, a skills test and provide a good reference. Creativity, self motivation, good communication skills and a strong commitment to achieve are keys to success at Level 3.

How can I progress after this course?

You could progress onto Higher Education: Level 4 teaching qualification and hairdressing or barbering short courses. You could seek employment as a stylist, salon manager, technical representative, or work on a cruise ship; become a salon manager, own your own salon.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The course is a 36 weeks programme and is delivered over 2 days each week.

This course is demanding, an essential part of the course is a work placement in a salon for a minimum of 6 hours per week. Alternatively there is an option to attend the College Academy salon on Saturday mornings.

Other key components include: Excellent attendance, a good record of punctuality and study, attendance at seminars, shows and competitions. You will be actively encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to enter internal and external hairdressing competitions including the prestigious World Skills and Wella exposure competions.

You will also be expected to provide a Level 3 hairdressing kit (no electrical equipment) a salon tunic and black covered shoes with a low heel. It is encouraged and recommended when possible you arrange your own models for assessment purposes. Your timetable will include: Monday day and evening, and Tuesday day.

Financial information

If you are aged 19-23
Tuition: £1,819
Other: £123

If you are aged 24+
Tuition: £3,345

This course is eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. If you are aged 24 or above, you can find out more here.

Who can I speak to for more information about this course?

Please email

I'm interested, what do I need to do next?

Please apply using our Level 3 & 4 Career Development Courses application form.

Please note that all information is correct at time of publishing, however costs and course content are subject to revision.