Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing (VRQ)

Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing (VRQ)

Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing (VRQ)

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This is the qualification most salons expect for you to work as a stylist. Developing your knowledge using advanced techniques, you will become more experienced and confident. Our commercially equipped Salon 50 is open to the public and allows you to practice these skills, preparing you for employment in the industry.

Course Structure

You will be studying:

  • How to monitor and maintain health and safety in the salon
  • Consultation skills and support for colleagues in the salon
  • Advanced cutting skills
  • Styling hair to create a variety of looks
  • Advanced colouring
  • Advanced perming
  • Providing colour correction services
  • Creative design skills

You will take part in competitions to showcase your creative skills and have the opportunity to attend industry events. An optional hair extension course is available.

Assessment is through online exams, assignments and observation of practical skills

If you are intending to progress to University after college please note that the majority of Universities will expect a grade C English and Maths GCSE and you will need to consider this when applying for a level three course.

We offer English and Maths GCSE retakes with specific entry requirements.

The hairdressing industry is a major employer in the UK. You can progress to salon employment, salon management, freelance as a mobile hairdresser or working in theatre/ TV, employed as a colour or retail specialist and trainer for a product company, working abroad in hotels or on cruise ships.

You can enhance your employability within the industry with a Level 2 in Barbering, accredited hair extension courses and advanced creative styling skills.


You will need to have a level 2 hairdressing qualification before you can join this course. After a successful interview you will be asked to do a trade test, to demonstrate your current practical skill level.

As a minimum you need a level 1, working towards level 2 in functional maths and English.

Fees apply:
Course fee £3345; Exam Fee £114

Course Summary

Length of study:
1 year


Term dates

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Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Career Assessment

Need help choosing the right career path? You’ll be given a series of activities related to a work environment. Your job is to slide the scale to the left or right depending on how much you like or dislike the given activity. You will receive recommendations based on your selections.

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