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Advanced & Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship Level 3

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies
Start Date
Study Mode
12 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 3

Hairdressing is more than just cutting hair! If you want an exciting and varied career, hairdressing could be for you. There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified hairdressers, and employers increasingly need committed, well trained and enthusiastic workers.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You must have completed a Level 2 Hairdressing Apprenticeship or have significant salon experience.

What will I study?

You will work as part of a team in running a salon by shampooing, conditioning, drying, cutting and colouring hair. Units include:

  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Provide hairdressing consultation services
  • Creatively colour and lighten hair
  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • Hair colour correction service
  • Cut men’s hair using basic techniques

Typical Job roles include Junior Stylist, Stylist, Colour Technician or Self-Employment Hairdresser.

Method of delivery

This apprenticeship takes one year to complete. Apprentices attend College one day per week, and work for their employer the rest of the time.

How will I be assessed?

You will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, such as a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. End-Point Assessment (EPA) consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments and online tests.

Additional costs

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Qualifications received

Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

Job opportunities following completion of this qualification include stylist, senior stylist, colour technician or self-employment.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Business Partnership Team: Tel: 01904 770368 or email:

Molly Mai Huggins

"I’ve always wanted to do hairdressing and like that we do a variety of things each week, and particularly enjoy hair ups as this is something I’d like to do in the future.

I work at Niche Hair and Beauty. It is a lovely salon, everyone if friendly and I am doing lots of training for colouring and cutting. In the future I’d like to do hair ups for proms, weddings and special occasions."

Molly Mai
Hairdressing Apprenticeship, Employer: Niche Hair and Beauty
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