VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies

The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing is a occupational qualification for learners pursuing career as a hairdresser/stylist. This qualification is based on Hairdressing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s lead hairdressing professional association (The Hairdressing Council). Learners should hold a Level 2 qualification in hairdressing prior to undertaking this qualification.

Although similar in size to the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing, this qualification differs in that it requires learners to work in a commercial hairdressing salon with real paying clients whereas the other qualification can be achieved through gathering evidence in a college’s realistic working environment without the requirements for real paying clients..

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group to prepare learners for employment as a senior hairdresser/stylist. Learners will work in, and have their hairdressing skills assessed in a ‘real’ commercial salon.

Level - 3

Dates available through out the year

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Pre Requisite

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Teaching Style

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Learning Outcomes

This programme consists of mandatory units such as health and safety; client consultation; advanced cutting and; selling products and services to clients. It additionally includes optional specialist units such as hair colour correction; specialist scalp services and treatments; hair extension services; perming and colouring and; creative hairdressing design

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council.

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

– Commercial salons
– Specialist African type hair salons
– Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
– Product manufacturing and training
– Television, film, theatre and media
– Armed services
– HM prison service
– Cruise liners
– Hospitals/care homes

Whilst this qualification’s primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a senior hairdresser/stylist, learners may choose to further develop their knowledge and skills by undertaking advanced specialist qualifications at Level 4, including:

– VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Salon Management
– VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management
– VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Specialist Hair and Scalp Services
– VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Hair Colour Correction
– VTCT Level 4 Award in Advanced Hair Styling