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Vocational & T Level

Hair, Beauty & Barbering T Level (Level 3)

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
2 years
Level 3

The T Level qualification has been designed by a panel of employers, professional bodies and education specialists. The purpose of the Level 3 Technical qualification is to ensure that students have the knowledge and skills to progress into skilled employment or higher-level training relevant to the T Level.

This qualification is a combination of classroom theory, practical learning, and industry placement (work experience) with an employer.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSE subjects at grade 4 or above including English and/or Maths.

What will I study?

The Technical Qualification is the main element of the course and consists of two components:

Core Content
The Core Content focuses on your knowledge and understanding relevant to the Hair, Beauty and Barbering industries. The breadth of the content will ensure you are able to apply your skills in a variety of contexts and purposes, relating to employment in the occupations linked to the qualifications.

Topics will include:

  • How the Sector Operates
  • Health and Safety
  • Understanding the Client Journey
  • Client Consultation
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Practices
  • Self Development

Occupational Specialisms
Students can choose to specialise in different occupational specialisms. This will ensure that you develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to support your development once in work (including an apprenticeship).

Occupational specialisms with this T Level include:

  • Beauty Therapy
  • Hairdressing
  • Barbering

Additional costs
Students are required to wear a College salon uniform and adhere to dress code. You are also required to purchase a College kit as required for the occupational specialism route undertaken. Details and costs for these will be provided at our Open Events and at enrolment.

Industry placement

The industry placement allows you to develop your occupational specialism skills as well as those necessary to working in any environment, such as effective planning, working with others, health & safety and promoting equality and diversity.

Method of delivery

Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main element of the course. You will learn about your chosen sector through working in the College salons (Inspired). We have close links with employers who also influence the curriculum design and delivery.

Industry placement runs for a minimum of 315 hours (45 days) overall and will give you practical insights into the world of hairdressing/beauty therapy/barbering.

English, maths and digital provision are also built into the T Level, meaning students will be given a solid foundation of transferable skills.

It is anticipated that students will attend College four days a week and also complete an industry placement one day per week. This may be subject to change and further information will be provided prior to the start of the course.

How will I be assessed?

The overall assessment grade is subject to completion/achievement of all T Level reqirements.

As well as passing the relevant technical qualification, the following elements are required to achieve an overall T Level grade:

  • Industry placement
  • Attainment in maths and English (if you have not already achieved grade 4 at GCSE or equivalent). Where students have attained, or attain during the course of the T Level, maths and/or English qualifications at Level 2, this will be referenced on any T Level certificates and/or statements or achievement.

Students who do not pass all elements of their T Level will get a T Level statement of achievement which will show the elements they have completed.

Your next steps

You may progress into employment, an apprenticeship or higher-level of study, including university.


What UCAS points do T Levels carry?

What UCAS points do T Levels carry?

UCAS tariff points were allocated to T Levels in 2019, with the top T Level grade equal to achieving 3 A* at A Level. Points have been allocated to the overall T Level grade, and students must achieve at least an overall pass grade to receive UCAS points.

What can I do after I complete my T Level course?

What can I do after I complete my T Level course?

These courses are designed to provide you with the skills needed to apply for employment in the relevant industry. Alternatively, you can progress to university to study further or you could apply to study an apprenticeship.

Do I have to find my own work placement?

Do I have to find my own work placement?

We have a Work Placement team based at the College who will arrange this for you with participating employers, ensuring you can gain the knowledge you need.

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