Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 3 Advanced

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB403NF
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds

A professional approach to this industry is paramount as interaction with the general public is ongoing. The job role will include meeting and greeting clients, reception duties and developing a client base. The employer will expect you to carry out hairdressing services and promote your skills.

Training will be given on a weekly basis in the work place; this may follow the college programme. Monthly or weekly meetings/appraisals may be given along with regular reviews.

The training the college will provide on a weekly basis:

  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • Creatively colour and lighten hair
  • Provide client consultation services
  • Hair colour correction services
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities
What will I study?

Apprenticeship for hairdressing level 3. Functional Skills Maths, English and Employees rights and responsibilities if required.

Entry Requirements

You will need Maths + English passes at grade A*- C or equivalent and have successfully completed a Hairdressing /Barbering Apprenticeship at Level 2. You will also need to be employed in a barber shop/ salon that offers opportunities for you to complete all NVQ Level 3 units.

How will I be assessed?

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this by the end of the Apprenticeship Programme.

What can I do next?

After successful completion of the course you can progress to the following courses:

Your Study Programme

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Career Options


If you enjoy hairstyling and like meeting different people, this could be the perfect job for you. Hairdressers cut, colour and shape clients' hair to create the look they want.

You can train as a hairdresser either full-time or part-time at a college. You could also work as a trainee, where you would learn on the job and go to college on day release.

To become a hairdresser, you will need to have customer service and 'people' skills. You’ll need creativity and an awareness of fashion. You’ll also need a willingness to learn new techniques and methods.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Beauty Consultant

Beauty consultants sell beauty products by helping customers choose the right products to buy. In this role you’ll give customers advice on how to make the most of their appearance, and sometimes give makeovers to demonstrate products.

To do this job you’ll need an outgoing personality and a friendly manner. You’ll need to be able to communicate well and have excellent customer service skills. If you’re interested in fashion and make-up then this job may be perfect for you.

You don’t need any specific qualifications to become a beauty consultant. You’ll need a smart appearance and a high standard of personal hygiene. Experience in retail, sales or customer service would be an advantage. ?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Future income

Fully-trained hairdressers can earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year.

Top professional hairdressers can earn £30,000 a year or more, depending on who they work for and the salon location.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.


If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here 

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.