VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing and Barbering
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: A VRQ or NVQ Level 2 related qualification plus at least 1 GCSE at grade C or above in either Maths or English.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 1 year
Course Overview

You will develop your skills from Level 2, learning more advanced technical skills in hairdressing. You will cover different styling techniques to cover bridal hair, Avant Garde and photographic work. You will also work with your peer group to plan and produce a catwalk hair show to showcase your technical creativity. You will also have the opportunity to enter regional and even national skills competitions.


What will I learn?

You will study a number of compulsory units including:

  • Monitor and maintain Health and Safety
  • practice in the salon
  • Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
  • Cut women’s hair to create a variety of looks Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
  • Cut men’s hair to create a variety of looks

You will also choose from a number of optional units including Colouring and Colour Correction, Bridal Work, Creative Colouring and Colour Correction, Bridal Work, Creative Hairdressing Skills and Promoting Products and Services.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including online testing, assignments and practical assessments in a real working environment.


There will also be an opportunity for a number of trips and visits which will incur a nominal charge


Distinction Hair and Beauty has three large, stylish and spacious Beauty Salons, which are tranquil and relaxing places to work.

They are fully commercial salons, visited by the general public and you will consequently gain real-life work experience whilst achieving your qualifications.

All our salons are equipped with up-to-date industry standard equipment.

Materials and other information

Students will need to purchase the salon uniform and a hairdressing kit.

Progression and Careers

The majority of our Hairdressing students go on to gain full-time work in the industry, working for local salons, city centre salons, hotels and even on-board luxury cruise liners. If you are passionate and hard-working, you might also progress to university to study a range of degree programmes available in Hair and Make-up for the Media Industries.

The College also works with local salons to offer Apprenticeships in Hairdressing.

Meet Stephen Walker


After completing a Diploma in Hairdressing, Stephen began studying Make-Up Artistry and Effects at The Manchester College, validated by the University of Salford.

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Apply online or download an application form to become part of Nelson and Colne College.

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