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Hairdressing VRQ Level 3

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies
Start Date
September 2021
Study Mode
1 year
Level 3

York College is delighted to announce that it has been selected to participate in the T Level Industry Placement Pilot (Capacity Delivery Fund). This course has been selected to take part in the pilot for this academic year allowing us to offer Industry Placements to any student enrolling onto this course.

The Work Placement Team will be in touch in due course with further details. In the meantime, you can access further work placement information by visiting our web page Work Placements Advice.

If you have any questions you can contact the Work Placement Team on 01904 770830 or

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.

The study pattern for the VRQ is 1 year full-time, 3 days per week including 1/2 evenings.

Entry requirements

You must have completed Hairdressing VRQ Level 2.

What will I study?

To gain the qualification, students must complete the following 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

Additional activities:

  • Competition work
  • Organisational activities
  • Work experience
  • Trips to relevant hair shows and exhibitions
  • English and Maths (if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above)

Students who are completing both English and Maths qualifications may be timetabled 4 days per week.

Method of delivery

This course is predominantly a practical-based course. This means that the majority of your training will be delivered in a salon/workshop environment. You’ll be expected to complete theoretical knowledge through homework activities and directed learning, although some theory work will also be embedded into practical sessions. You will be required to complete tests and assignments as part of your study. You may be required to partake in online learning activities throughout the course, which are often led by employers and industry specialists.

How will I be assessed?

You will be 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 you will be required to demonstrate competency in a variety of tasks.

Good course combinations

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

Your next steps

Progression opportunities could include specialist hairstylists for home and abroad, educators for manufacturers, assessors, lecturers, demonstrators, and specialist hair colourists/fashion styling. Students could progress on to the Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management or on to 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 4 or above in English and Maths.

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