Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies is a occupational qualification that provides learners with the skills to work as an employed or self-employed hairdresser. This qualification is based on Hairdressing National Occupational Standards and is recognised by the UK’s leading hairdressing trade professional associations as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as an advanced hairdresser and stylist.

This qualification builds on existing knowledge and understanding of hairdressing and will develop technical skills to prepare our learners for employment as a senior hairdresser and stylist. Students will work in, and have their hairdressing skills assessed in our salon.

Course Name: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
Course code: AH30150
Entry requirements: Entry onto this qualification can be via a previous attained Level 2 NVQ qualification in hairdressing.

What this qualification could lead to: Students who complete this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser with The Hairdressing Council.

Learners may choose to further develop their knowledge and skills by undertaking advanced specialist qualifications at Level 4, including:

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
VTCT Level 4 Award in Advanced Hair Styling

Cost: The course fee for the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing is £2200. Contact the Academy for further information about our instalment plan.

Admin fee: £125

Uniform: All students are required to purchase a uniform £35

Funding: May be fully funded if you are eligible for public funding.

Need advice about student finance? If you are unsure about what you are entitled to, our Student Advisers are here to help. The Academy can provide you with clear, and confidential advice about what you may be entitled to.

career opportunities

  • Commercial salons
  • Specialist African type hair salons
  • Independent, self-employed, mobile and home-based settings
  • Product manufacturing and training
  • Television, film, theatre and media

Mandatory Units

This qualification includes all the required elements to work as an advanced hairdresser and stylist including: client consultation, health and safety, advanced cutting and selling products and services to clients.




Monitor procedures to safely control work operations


Provide hairdressing consultation services


Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques


Promote additional services or products to customers

Optional Specialist Units

A minimum of 4-5 components must be covered. The Academy prefers to cover the highlighted topics as they are more desirable in a commercial salon.




Colour hair using a variety of techniques​


Provide colour correction services


Creatively style and dress hair


Creatively dress long hair


Develop and enhance creative hairdressing skills


Create a variety of permed effects


Provide creative hair extension services


Provide specialist consultation services for hair and scalp conditions (must be taken with UN4GH25)


Provide hair and scalp treatments (must be taken with UN4GH24)


Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business


Support customer service improvements


Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities

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