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Course Mode
Start Date
Start / End Time
10:00am - 5:00pm
33 Weeks
Milnthorpe Road Campus

Barbering, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Thanks in some part to the growth in celebrity culture and the rise of social influencers, the UK Hair & Beauty industry is now worth an astounding £6.2 billion.

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Course Overview

This course is practically based, offering a wide range of skills such as creative colour and colour correction.

Your practical skills will be supported by underpinning knowledge for each unit by written and oral tests, research workshops which build up portfolios of evidence.

You will also be encouraged to develop your interpersonal skills and work as part of a team. You will get involved in hairdressing fashion shows and competitions and work to produce a portfolio of your practical work.

This is a vocationally based qualification. If you are creative, like working with people and have lots of ambition, hairdressing could be your pathway to success.

Successful hairdressers can take their pick from many top jobs - working in top salons in the UK or on magazines or photoshoots in the fashion media.

You will also be encouraged to develop your skills in communication, interpersonal skills, personal appearance and social behaviour and work as part of a team.

At level 3, NVQ Diploma, you will study the following four mandatory units:
- Creatively colour and lighten hair
- Provide hairdressing consultation
- Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
- Creatively style and dress hair

Plus optional units specific to your job role such as:
- Hair colour correction services
- Provide colour correction services
- Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills

The majority of the qualification is completed through practical assessments.

Entry Requirements

At Level 3, you will need a Level 2 Diploma or NVQ in Hairdressing or Barbering.

Industrial experience and prior learning can support your application.

You will also need to have a minimum of one day's work experience a week.

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor prior to enrolment:

Course Tutor: Emily Jackson


After Your Course

You could work as a hairdresser in salons throughout the UK, other opportunities in a number of other places, such as hotels, hospitals and care homes and cruise ships and armed forces bases. With experience you could progress to jobs like senior stylist or salon manager. Recognition of your qualifications by employers can lead to rapid career development in the workplace or progression on to higher levels of study.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.