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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing (QCF)


Course outline:

This qualification is a vocational qualification for learners wishing to pursue a career as an employed  or self-employed hairdresser/stylist. 

The content of this qualification is comprised of mandatory units including:  promoting additional services and products to clients, creative cutting, health and safety, consultation services.  You will also enhance your skills with optional units such as colouring hair, colour correction and creative styling.


The purpose of this qualification is to develop your skills in hairdressing to a high level of occupational ability, to enable you to perform your own salon services.


Course content:

- Monitor procedures to safety control work operations

- Provide hairdressing consultation services

- Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques

- Promote additional services or products to customers

- Colour hair using a variety of techniques

- Provide colour correction

- Creatively style and dress hair

- Creatively dress long hair

- Develop and enhance creative hairdressing skills

- Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities


Assessment methods:

Students are continually assessed throughout the course through practical and written tests and assignments.


Further training/development:

Career opportunities as a hairdresser/stylist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Working in commercial hair salons

- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

- Working in television, film, theatre and media

- Working on cruise liners


Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a junior hairdresser/stylist, learners may choose to further develop their knowledge and skills by undertaking a technical level qualification in hairdressing at level 4.


Course costs:


Students under the age of 19 are government funded, funding may be available for over 19's depending on circumstances.  Mature students may also be eligible for a government 24+ learning loan - ask for details on application.


A basic kit and uniform must  be purchased for this course.  Please ask for further information.  If over 18 a DBS check is also required.


Course entry requirements:

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in hairdressing and a successful skills test and interview.


Course duration:

1 Year -  full time