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Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

On this programme you will study various aspects of hairdressing, which will include cutting, perming, producing an image for a photo shoot, colour, colour correction, long hair styling.

The qualification and the experience you gain on the course will help you find employment in hair and beauty salons either locally, or further afield; for example, in large department stores, hotels, leisure centres or on board cruise ships. You may also continue with your studies and progress on to the Level 4 Diploma or an apprenticeship.

You will work alongside enthusiastic and experienced staff and use up-to-date facilities and equipment. The department runs a variety of trips throughout the year, for example to Salon International in London and Birmingham Hair UK. Students also have the opportunity to compete in WorldSkills competitions.

This course will develop your customer care, retailing and team working skills. You will learn how to handle money, multi-task and use your initiative.

This course usually takes place over three days.

You will further develop your practical hairdressing and learn new skills, including:
- Hair extensions
- Advanced perming and colouring
- Advanced cutting techniques
- Designing & creating images with the use of postiche
- Conventional & alternative setting & dressing techniques
- Indian head massage

You will learn via practical demonstrations, hands-on activities and theory sessions.

You will be assessed using practical observation of your skills and oral questioning of your underpinning knowledge. Assessment will also be through the completion of written assignments, written tests and the production of a portfolio of evidence.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

The Level 3 will open employment opportunities for you in salon supervision, technical demonstration, and training. You may also be able to progress onto the Level 4 in Salon Management or Foundation Degree in Business Management (Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy).

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You will need to hold an NVQ level 2 in Hairdressing or the equivalent. You may be eligible for entry at this level with several years industrial experience or if you are a stylist seeking to develop a career in training and management.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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