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York College

Entry requirements

You will need to have completed the Hairdressing (VRQ) Level 2. 
You will have good practical Level 2 skills and experience, a good tutor reference, good attendance record and full commitment to practise, study and the ability to work hard.


The study pattern is one year full-time. However, VRQ Level 3 is also available as a part-time option through an apprenticeship (Level 3), where employment in industry is required over four days.

Level 3 is a high level qualification expanding on the basic hairdressing skills of Level 2. This one year course offers the opportunity to gain supervisory skills in a wide range of hairdressing related activities. In addition, advanced practical hairdressing techniques are included, providing further career progression.

What will I study?

To gain the qualification, candidates must complete nine of the available units:

Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
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
Perm hair to create a variety of looks
Bridal hair
Creative hairdressing design skills
Hair colour correction

You will also take GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not already achieved a C grade or above.

Course structure

Four days a week including one/two evenings plus attendance at a demonstration session on the first Monday of each month, as well as:

Competition work
Organisational activities
Work experience

How will I be assessed?

Candidates are assessed during practical sessions. The assessments are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. You will be required to supply some of the models for assessment. Evidence must be shown in the form of a portfolio. Theory assessment will be carried out online, practical assessment will be continuous and students are required to demonstrate competency in a variety of tasks.

What could it lead to?

Progression opportunities could include specialist hairstylists for home and abroad, educators for manufacturers, assessors, lecturers, demonstrators, exhibition and TV work and specialist hair colourists/fashion styling. Also higher education such as the Foundation Degree in Media Make-up (offered at York College). If you want to progress to higher education you must have GCSE at grade C or above in English and Maths.

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