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Hairdressing Fast-track VRQ Diploma Level 3

  • Overview of the course

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    The Level 3 Hairdressing Course is delivered in our state of the art Hairdressing Academy which includes 5 large air conditioned studios all designed to provide realistic hairdressing working environments. You will enjoy and participate in a varied teaching and training programme. This VRQ course is for those wishing to progress from Level 2 in hairdressing and are looking to advance their skills. It can also be for those wishing to update/refresh their skills at a higher level. This intensive hairdressing course will enable you to be at the level which the hairdressing industry requires from it's hairdressers. You will be taught specialist skills including up tp date techniques in creative cutting, colouring, colour correction and business skills. Part of the course includes photographic, promotional and Hair show activities.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will be able to develop your creativity and independence as a stylist. You will study a wide range of hairdressing units and practise your skills in taught sessions and client based practical sessions. It will be delivered by our highly trained, experienced and fully qualified staff. Whilst studying and training you will experience and participate in a combination of demonstrations, seminars, lectures, tutorials and educational visits as well as 'in house' and external training by leading manufacturers for the hairdressing industry.

    The following units will give you the specialist skills which will enable you to progress in your career options.

    Mandatory units include:-

    Monitor and maintain health and safety practise in the salon
    Creative hairdressing design skills
    Perm hair to create a variety of looks
    Colour hair to create a variety of techniques
    Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
    Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
    Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks

    Optional units include:

    Bridal hair styling
    Colour correction
    Contribute to the planning and implementation on promotional activities
    Display stock to promote sales in a salon

  • Entry requirements

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    You will be assessed on a continual basis. Practical skills will be assessed on clients, friends and family in a realistic working environment, oral questioning is also used. Theory assessments consist of online testing, assignments and portfolio work.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will already have a Level 2 hairdressing qualification or other relevant experience in a salon. You will need to pass a successful interview, a skills test and provide a good reference. Creativity, self motivation, good communication skills and a strong commitment to achieve are keys to success at Level 3
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    The course is a 36 weeks programme and is delivered over 2/3 days each week.
    This course is demanding and as part of the course it is recommended that you undertake a work placement in a salon for a minimum of 6 hours per week.

    Other key components include: Excellent attendance, a good record of punctuality and study, attendance at seminars, shows and competitions. You will be actively encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to enter internal and external hairdressing competitions including the prestigious World Skills and Wella exposure competions.

    You will also be expected to provide a Level 3 hairdressing kit (no electrical equipment) a salon tunic and black covered shoes with a low heel. It is encouraged and recommended when possible you arrange your own models for assessment purposes. Your timetable will include: Monday day and evening, and Tuesday day.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    You can contact a member of the team via
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Apply using our adult application form. This can be found on our website, Alternatively, you can request a copy by email at
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £3345.00
  • Future opportunities

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    You could progress onto Higher Education: Level 4 teaching qualification and hairdressing or barbering short courses. You could seek employment as a stylist, salon manager, technical representative, or work on a cruise ship; become a salon manager, own your own salon.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    11.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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