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Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing - Level 3


A hairdressing apprenticeship is a combination of on and off the job training and learning, and offers the opportunity to develop a rewarding, long-term career in a growing sector. 

This qualification is a job-ready qualification for individuals wanting to be a truly proficient professional in hairdressing. It expands on the basic skills of Level 2 and is aimed at those wishing to enter the top level of their profession or who want to go on to become salon managers and owners.

People who have been in the industry for some time but are looking to update or accredit their skills can also take this qualification.

For employers, apprenticeships offer many benefits to businesses, including offering practical solutions to the recruitment and retention of staff.

They are designed by employers for employers and therefore reflect the changing needs of the sector.

Apprenticeship Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship)

  • Competence-based element: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF)
  • Functional Skills Level 2:
  • Mathematics
  • English

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

ERR is a non-accredited component, which is delivered using a contextualised work booklet which will be assessed by your tutor.

It is expected that the ERR requirements will be covered through the completion of nine mandatory outcomes.

The ERR will also be supported by the completion of a workplace induction where it is expected that the employer will identify the role and responsibilities of themselves and their employees.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

PLTS is a non-accredited component of the Apprenticeship Framework and will be assessed through evidence that will be produced through the accredited components of the Apprenticeship programme.

Entry requirements

Individuals must already have sourced employment within the hairdressing sector, prior to applying for the advanced apprenticeship in hairdressing.

Individuals must have already achieved a Level 2 qualification in hairdressing.

Individuals will undertake a Level 2 diagnostic assessment for maths and English prior to enrolment. Individuals will need to achieve a minimum of a 50% score in both subjects to ensure a place on the apprenticeship programme or, if individuals have passed maths and English GCSE with a grade A* to C or key skills at Level 2, they will be required to evidence this with certificate/s which will then result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skill qualification.

Individuals will also have to complete a free writing exercise to provide evidence to demonstrate grammar and spelling. 

Start dates and fees

16-18: no cost

19-23: £500

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

How long is the course?

21 months.

How will I be assessed?

Individuals will be required to attend Vision West Nottinghamshire College one day per week for the duration of the course, which will provide the opportunity to undertake practical assessments within the Revive salon and develop theoretical skills sets to meet qualification requirements.

Assessments will also be required within the individual’s workplace to sufficiently meet competency outcomes within the qualification.
Individuals are required to produce a portfolio of evidence, which will contain a variety of assessments covering the criteria stipulated by the awarding body to cover the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF)

Assessments may include:

  • Observations held in the working environment
  • Reflective accounts
  • Witness statements
  • Activity-based work books
  • Work products

Assessments will be planned with an assessor prior to the assessment taking place.
You will be required to complete an online or paper based test for both Functional Skills elements. 

What will I study?

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF) mandatory units:

  • Monitor Procedures to Safely Control Work Operations
  • Promote Additional Services or Products to Customers
  • Provide Hairdressing Consultation Services
  • Creatively Cut Hair Using a Combination of Techniques

Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths and English

ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities)

PLTS (Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills)

How do I apply?


Adele Sharpe, assessor
01623 627191 ext. 8373

Marcus Topley, employer engagement lead
01623 627191 ext 8021


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