Women’s Hairdressing Diploma Level 3

This course covers advanced aspects of hairdressing and will develop your understanding of advanced hairdressing services.


You will enhance the skills you achieved in level 2 and learn new and more advanced skills.

You will study 4 mandatory units:

  • Promote additional services or products to customers
    • This unit is all about your need to keep pace with new developments and to encourage your clients to take an interest in them. By offering new or improved services and products your salon can increase client satisfaction.
  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
    • This unit is about making sure that statutory and workplace health and safety instructions are being carried out.
  • Provide hairdressing consultation services
    • In this unit you will provide a comprehensive consultation and advisory service to your clients. Being able to identify the capability of your clients hair will allow you to make recommendations based on questioning, observation and test results.  Influencing factors like a client’s lifestyle, commitment and cost will also impact on the services you suggest.  You will also be required to provide support to colleagues when they are faced with analysis problems that may require an alternative course of action or referral to other specialists.
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
    • You will learn how to develop your cutting skills to an advanced level to enable you to create a personalised and individual look for your clients in a way that enhances their personal image. You must also demonstrate that you can work on wet and dry, curly and straight hair using a variety of advanced cutting techniques. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.

You will also study 4-7 of 12 optional units, including:

  • Colour hair using a variety of techniques
  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Creatively dress long hair
  • Develop and enhance creative hairdressing skills
  • Provide creative hair extension services
  • Provide hair and scalp treatments

Entry Requirements

  • A level 2 hairdressing qualification,
  • GCSE English at grade 4 or above and Maths at grade 3 or above

You should demonstrate an interest, knowledge or formerly acquired skills in hairdressing and wish to further your career in hairdressing.

Assessment Methods

Your practical skills will be assessed, providing hairdressing services in a commercial hairdressing salon. You will also need to submit a portfolio of evidence of your work completed during the course.


A higher education course, such as a Certificate of Education in Teaching (providing you have the relevant recommended five years hairdressing industrial experience) or an additional Diploma in Hairdressing.

You could enter employment in the hairdressing industry or increase your chance of promotion.

Fees & Funding

As a full time student, under the age of 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees.

You may need to pay essential costs for this course, including uniforms and practical kits, you will be advised at interview of the likely costs.

You may have to pay registration and certification fees. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information, contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.


For more information on applying for this course please see the Apply page.

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