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Hairdressing for Colour Technicians (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma) — Full-time

Course outline

This is a great course for anyone who wants a career in hairdressing or barbering. You will be taught all the skills to be able to have a lifelong career in this incredible industry.

You need to be highly motivated and to demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. The ideal candidate will be a good communicator and listener with excellent social skills, demonstrate a degree of creative skills and flair, be highly dexterous with a good personality and physical stamina. Computer skills are also an essential requirement.

Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing for Colour Technicians is a qualification that provides knowledge, understanding and core skills required to be a Hairdresser and/or barber.

Mandatory units include:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
  • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
  • Hair colour correction

Optional Units will be equate to 27 credits made up of a combination of the below:

  • Cut women’s hair to create a variety of looks
  • Cut men’s hair to create a variety of looks
  • Cut facial hair to create a variety of looks
  • Promote and sell products and services to clients
  • Bridal Hair
  • Salon Reception
  • Creative Hairdressing Design Skills

The Programme of Study (PoS) will give you the opportunity to not only gain work specific knowledge and skills but will provide an opportunity to carry out 315 hours of work placement related to your course.

You will also be engaging in enrichment activities that include the development of those wider skills which are vitally important when working in industry. These include problem solving, communication, teamwork, collaboration and following instructions all of which are required when working in industry. You will also have a pastoral tutorial which will cover current topics including PREVENT, British Values, keeping safe, to name but a few. In addition, you will also have a personal tutor which will set academic targets to keep you on track to achieve.

A dedicated team of lecturers, who have up to date skills and experience, will be delivering your course.

This course is a hands-on learning experience to ensure you gain a solid grounding in the core Hairdressing techniques using high quality products.

You will be expected to work in a commercial salon carrying out services/treatments on paying clients in addition to studying the underpinning knowledge required to pass the end of unit tests.

You will be taught personal and social development skills, which will help prepare you for the industry and employment.

Our hairdressing lecturers will offer you a wide range of expertise, guidance and support whilst delivering an interesting course. 100% commitment to our learners is our passion and sharing our industry experience is a huge enjoyment we will provide.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Location Date
Stoney Street

Start: Monday 2nd September 2024

Course code: C043152 / Q043153


City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing for Colour Technicians


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You will need:

  • You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–D), including English and maths
  • Functional Skills Level 2 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 4 (C) or above.

Students aged 19+ without evidence of English and maths qualifications will complete an initial assessment. Results will need to reflect a grade of a grade 4 in English and maths.

You will also need to have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Barbering or Ladies Hairdressing

All students must undertake and pass a practical dexterity test prior to enrolment to ensure you are suitable for this course.

If you are a progressing student, you must also have achieved 90% attendance and successfully completed and passed your previous course. Please speak to your tutor regarding your progression options.

Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed via practical observations, assignments, portfolio, and theory-based online tests.

Practical assessments will take place in one of our purpose-built commercial salons working on members of the public.

Practical skills will be assessed when carrying out services on paying clients which will be mapped against the City and Guilds grading criteria of Pass, Merit, or Distinction.


Following the successful completion of the course and tutor recommendation, you may be able to progress to working in industry in a barbers or hairdressers.

Additional information

You will be required to purchase a kit and costs will be available at interview, in addition you will be expected to wear a uniform that is all black.

It is essential that you have a number of male/female clients to bring along to sessions to ensure a quality experience

As part of your studies, you will be required to complete 315 hours of work experience to support the development of your skills and behaviours to enable you to be successful within the industry.

Please note: your timetable may include one late evening per week.

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.