Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AH30506 GLH: 350 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8708/0 Units: 7 - 19 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 43

Additional Information


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser. This qualification is based on Hairdressing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading hairdressing trade bodies/professional associations (i.e. National Hairdressing Federation, The Hairdressing Council, The Freelance Hair and Beauty Federation) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as an advanced hairdresser/stylist.

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council.

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group and builds on existing knowledge and understanding of hairdressing and develops an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare learners for employment as a senior hairdresser/stylist.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a advanced hairdresser/stylist including: health and safety; client consultation; advanced cutting; styling and colouring techniques; and selling products and services to clients. These units are all mandatory.

Learners will also develop their understanding and skills base by selecting a number of optional units from a range of specialist units which includes: bridal hairstyling; marketing for the hair and beauty sector; hair extension services; and relaxing African type hair (the full list of optional units is presented in the learner Record of Assessment book (RoA) (specification) on Page 5). This qualification structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway as an advanced hairdresser/stylist.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities as an advanced hairdresser exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Commercial salons
- Specialist African type hair salons
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- Product manufacturing and training
- Television, film, theatre and media
- Armed services
- HM Prison service
- Cruise liners
- Hospitals/care homes

Further Learning Opportunities

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as an advanced hairdresser, learners may choose to complement their skills base by undertaking advanced specialist qualifications at Level 4:

- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Salon Management
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management
- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Specialist Hair and Scalp Services
- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Hair Colour Correction
- VTCT Level 4 Award in Advanced Hair Styling

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 6 components and earn a minimum of 37 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30435 J/601/5337 Promote and sell products and services to clients 3 4 34
UV30491 R/600/8780 Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon 3 4 29
UV30495 Y/600/8635 Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks 3 8 75
UV30496 R/600/8634 Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques 3 7 60
UV30497 D/600/8636 Colour hair to create a variety of looks 3 11 90
UV30506 H/600/9061 Hairdressing consultation support for colleagues 3 3 30

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 1 components and earn a minimum of 6 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30380 A/600/9034 Provide hair extension services 3 5 45
UV30452 R/601/5342 Research in the hair and beauty sector 3 7 44
UV30457 H/601/4468 Salon design for the hair and beauty sector 3 5 36
UV30459 A/601/4461 IT and data handling in the hair and beauty sector 3 5 41
UV30460 J/601/4463 Marketing in the hair and beauty sector 3 6 32
UV30493 D/600/8779 Maintaining personal health and wellbeing 3 7 60
UV30498 H/600/8637 Creative hairdressing design skills 3 8 60
UV30500 K/600/8638 Make and style a hair addition 3 7 60
UV30509 M/601/2481 Human resource management within the hair and beauty sector 3 7 60
UV30510 K/600/9059 Bridal hairstyling 3 4 37
UV30516 F/600/8533 Perm hair to create a variety of looks 3 7 60
UV30517 A/600/8532 Style and finish African type hair using a variety of techniques 3 5 41
UV30518 D/600/8538 Relaxing services for African type hair 3 5 44

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Paragon Nail and Beauty Training Academy Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Cromwell Community College 01354 692193 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
GHQ Training @ Inspirational Nails and Beauty Academy 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
The Hair Kutz Academy 01726 77432 Visit website Cornwall
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Progress to Excellence Limited - Derby 1 & 2 01462 488218 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
GHQ Training Ltd 01752 218086 Visit website Devon - Plymouth
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
The Manchester College - Harpurhey Campus 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Northenden Campus 0161 614 8000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Wigan and Leigh College - Leigh Campus 01942 761452 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360000 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Dover Technical College 01304 244303 Visit website Kent
Folkestone College 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Carnforth High School 01524 732424 Visit website Lancashire
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
Positive Pathways Academy 01322 436285 Visit website London - Bexley
Terri Brooke College 02088593817 (shop - 020 8850 1717) Visit website London - Greenwich
City and Islington College 020 7700 9200 Visit website London - Haringey
Institute of Dermal Sciences 01895 349008 Visit website London - Hillingdon
Fami Hair and Beauty Institute 020 8518 1688 Visit website London - Redbridge
alan d Hairdressing 020 7634 9400 Visit website London, City of
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
North Nottinghamshire College 01909 504504 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
Boldon School 0191 536 2176 Visit website Tyne and Wear - South Tyneside
Thoughts of Others (Premier Training College) 0121 582 0391 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Beepers Salon & Training Academy 024 7659 8155 Visit website West Midlands - Coventry
Delta Academies Trust - Garforth Academy 0113 212 7141 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Wakefield College 01924 789789 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Sarum Academy 01722 323431 Visit website Wiltshire
Fairfield Neighbourhood Learning Centre 01905 758420 Visit website Worcestershire
Kidderminster College 01562 512022 Visit website Worcestershire
Attitude Hair and Beauty Academy (Kartarpur) +91 181 5006044 Visit website India
Churchtown Institute of Beauty & Holistic Training Ltd +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Fife College 01592 223400 Visit website Fife