Hairdressing Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB003
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study mode: Full Time

This Level 3 Hairdressing course will enable you to be at the level industry requires from their hairdressers, by learning specialist skills and techniques in creative cutting, colouring, styling hair to a commercial standard.

You will benefit from working in our commercial Hair & Beauty Salon, Academy, located on campus, which mirrors a real high street salon environment.  You will work with the industry leading brands of Wella, Kerastraight, Olaplex and be guided by our tutors who have a wealth of industry experience, skills and knowledge. You will be introduced to a wide range of skills that you will acquire over the year learning specialist skills and creative techniques to a commercial standard.

You will also have the opportunity of a 30 day work placement within a commercial salon, giving you great experience to boost your CV.

In addition you will take part in enrichment trips in particular attending HJ Live North Show in Manchester, where you will view new techiques and gain tips from the best hairdressers in the industry by watching their seminars and shows.  Plus you can get up to speed with all the lastest hairdressing and styling products.

What will I study?

The course will cover a wide range of units that will give specialist skills to progress your career options. Units include:

  • Creatively cut hair 
  • Colour using a variety of techniques
  • Provide colour correction services
  • Creatively style and dress longer lenght hair
  • Provide strengthening and smoothing using a variety of professional products.
  • Support the running of a commercial salon, organising multiple clients and providing a professional service.


Entry Requirements

You will need to have a Level 2 qualification in Hairdressing. 

You will be required to attend an interview.

Full attendance at all times is essential.


How will I be assessed?

You will take an end point theory exam and a synoptic trade test.

What can I do next?

Once you have completed your Level 3 course, you will be able to progress into employment within the sector or to University. Many students progress to the University Centre at Blackburn College. A particular course students can progress on to is:

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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


Based in the Elizabeth Building within our £65 million campus, our salons are equipped to the highest industry standards. We have our very own commercial Spa Academy Hair and Beauty studios, including a spa, five hairdressing salons, a specialist barbering salon, a nail room, four beauty therapy studios and a media make up studio.

Enrichment & Employability

Every year, our hair & beauty students compete in Regional and National competitions such as the annual Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, The National Hair Federation Competition and Skills Olympics.

We also take our students to regular external events such as trade exhibitions, fairs and seminars, and trips to Wella, Illamasqua and Dennis Williams, to enhance their knowledge and learning experience.

To help our students learn about working in the industry, we host an annual industrial week where a number of employers and manufacturers such as Dermalogica, Jane Iredale and NSI come in to college to teach extra-curricular skills and provide advice on how to gain employment or progress to the next stage of your career. Many of these employers also offer work placements and voluntary opportunities, to help our students become ready for the workplace.

In additional to this, students also have the opportunity to take part in community events at schools, community centres and charity events which builds confidence, skills and enhances your CV.

Many of our students have gone on to own their own salons and you can even progress onto higher education following your studies.