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Hairdressing Diploma Level 3
September 2024 start

Full-Time Study Programmes & Apprenticeships

  • Overview of the course

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    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 and business skills. Part of the course includes photographic, promotional and Hair show activities.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will be able to develop your creativity and independence as a stylist. You will study a wide range of hairdressing units and practise 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:-

    Monitor and maintain health and safety practise in the salon
    Creative hairdressing design skills
    Colour hair to create a variety of techniques
    Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
    Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
    Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks

  • Entry requirements

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    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 will I be assessed?

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    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.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    The course is a 36 weeks programme and is delivered over 2/3 days each week.
    This course is demanding and as part of the course it is recommended that you undertake a work placement in a salon for a minimum of 6 hours per week.

  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    email for more information.
  • Future opportunities

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    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.
  • Enrichment

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    Sitting a job interview, writing a personal statement, applying for university - taking part in our enrichment programme will give you a CV to wow in all of these situations! You’ll benefit from departmental and cross-college enrichment with:
    • Inspiring trips and experiences
    • Meetings with industry experts
    • Visits to leading companies in your sector

    As well as giving you essential professional and technical skills, you’ll demonstrate that you’re a successful and well-rounded person, helping you to make a lasting impression.

    We want you to have fun, so we also have plenty of leisure and sporting activities for you to enjoy, improving your health and wellbeing
  • Preparing for your career

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    You'll have your own Learning Development Mentor (LDM) and Work Placement Officer, helping you create both academic and career plans.

    Thanks to our partnership with the University of Bolton, you'll also benefit from everything the University has to offer, with a range of opportunities to build additional skills and experiences, giving you everything you need to become a FUTURE SUCCESS in whichever field you choose!

    Exposure to employers is also an integral part of this programme – we'll seek to ensure that you have opportunities to gain real-word experience of your sector, either on short work experience or an extended Industry placement.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re an elite College, and part of the University of Bolton Group, offering you a gateway to all of Greater Manchester’s vast range of fantastic opportunities for specialist careers, university degree courses and higher Apprenticeships.

    We’ll reward your achievements with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre and the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    Our £75 million campus offers a refurbished fitness suite and sports hall; Apple Mac suites; libraries, a lecture theatre; hair and beauty salon; and a restaurant, café and canteen.

    You’ll also enjoy a wide range of events, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations
  • How to apply?

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    Click the yellow ‘Apply’ button on this page.

    You’ll be asked to set up a Learner Hub account so that you can track your application and enrol online. You’ll also be asked to book your interview for your course at the same time.

    If you have any difficulties setting up your Learner Hub account, please email
  • Open Events

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    Open Events are the best way to discover what life as a Bolton College student is like, giving you an insight into College life.

    Open Events at our Deane Road Campus are as follows:
    • Tuesday 17th October 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Wednesday 15th November 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Thursday 14th December 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Tuesday 6th February 2024, 5pm-8pm

    If you’d like to attend one of these events, register by visiting here
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    10.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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