Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

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16-18 Free
19-24 £3,345 p/ year
24+ £3,345 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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The qualification will fully prepare you to work effectively as an advanced hairdresser/stylist. You will learn advanced cutting, styling and colouring techniques while also gaining knowledge of health and safety, client consultation, and how to sell products and services to clients.

Aims of the course

To build on existing knowledge and understanding of hairdressing and help you develop an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare you for employment as a senior hairdresser/stylist.

Unit Breakdown

-Promote and sell products and services to clients

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
  • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
  • Hairdressing consultation support for colleagues
  • Perm hair to create a variety of looks

Assessment Method

There are three methods of assessment: practical observation (where you demonstrate your skills on clients), oral (where you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skills); written (where you carry out independent research and complete an assignment and online exams). During the course you will build an e-portfolio of work, and you'll receive training on how to use the latest technology to manage this. The programme is unit based, and you will be assessed when you feel you are competent.

Progression Opportunities

While the main purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for employment as a senior hairdresser/stylist, you may choose to further develop your knowledge and skills by taking an advanced specialist qualifications at Level 4, such as VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Salon Management; VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management, VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Specialist Hair and Scalp Services, VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Hair Colour Correction or VTCT Level 4 Award in Advanced Hair Styling.

Career Options

You will be qualified as an advanced hairdresser/stylist with job opportunities across a wide range of settings including commercial salons; specialist African type hair salons; television, film, theatre and media or hospitals/care homes. You could also to choose to work in product manufacturing and training, or to work in an independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based setting.

Entry Requirements

  • Four GCSEs (must include English) at grade A*-C/9-4
  • Level 2 qualification in a relevant vocational area (essential)

You will meet with staff to discuss whether this course is suitable for you and we'll ask you to complete a free writing task to demonstrate an appropriate level of English ability. You may also be asked to perform a trade test.


Practical skills are delivered by experienced industry experts using industry-recognised tools and products in our fully equipped salon. Our skilled teaching staff will utilise technology such as iPads and television viewing screens to support practical learning, enabling you to view demonstrations and close-up shots as many times as you need to during your practice. You will be able to gain realistic experience working on clients at our T'ien salon on campus.

Process for Application

Standard College Application

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