VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced and Creative Hairdressing

Qualification Information

Sector: Apprenticeships Category: Hair
VTCT Product Code: HB3D12 GLH: 554 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 603/6175/X Units: 7 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

About this qualification


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced and Creative Hairdressing qualification has been developed through the hairdressing sector ‘Trailblazers’ apprenticeship employer group.

The qualification provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work creatively as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser. This qualification is aimed at those learners who hold a recognised Level 2 or equivalent hairdressing qualification.

The qualification is an optional supporting qualification for the Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship Standard. The completion of this qualification will support the learner’s journey in preparation for the End-point Assessment.


Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals are creative, passionate, and driven professionals who work without supervision, managing themselves and others when required. Learners will provide a quality service, whilst working to the highest standards and continuously developing their personal and professional skills. Learners take ownership of their work and client lists, accept responsibility, are proactive, flexible and adaptable, plan their work and time; they aim for excellence by taking exceptional pride in their work and industry. Learners will deliver hair fashion forward trends, which are innovative styles inspired by current images and their own creativity, individual flair, imagination and interpretation.

Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:
  • Provide client consultation services
  • Advanced and creative cutting services
  • Creative fashion styling and finishing services
  • Provide smoothing and strengthening services
  • Advanced and creative colour services
  • Use fashion forward trends in hair, creative and precision techniques to create a collection of hairstyle looks

  • Throughout the qualification, learners will demonstrate transferable skills, duties, behaviours and communication skills, safe working practices and the professionalism and values associated with their role.

    The following duties must be demonstrated throughout the qualification:
  • Demonstrates professionalism by maintaining confidentiality and discretion
  • Researches fashion forward trends, using the results to create, plan and promote a collection of hairstyle looks that reflects their own individuality
  • Analyses the factors that influence the design and creation of the collection of hairstyle looks, including the target audience
  • Designs a range of looks to create a fashion forward collection of hairstyle looks
  • Maintains effective and safe methods of working
  • Uses and adapts a range of sectioning and cutting guidelines, creative and precision techniques and technical skills to create and enhance the collection of hairstyle looks
  • Carries out precision and personalised cutting tailored to individual client characteristics
  • Formulates imaginative creative advanced colour conversion services to change the depth and tone of the hair
  • Uses a range of creative finishing and dressing techniques, advanced and creative colouring techniques to enhance the collection of hairstyle looks
  • Presents, showcases and promotes their skills though their collection of hairstyle looks internally using a visual medium
  • Provides a smoothing strengthening service to clients
  • Carries out in-depth consultation and complex analysis of the hair
  • Uses and applies the products, tools and equipment, in accordance with legal requirements, manufacturers' instructions and salon policy
  • Provides advice on future services and products
  • Evaluates the results of the service to improve further practice

  • The following behaviours must be demonstrated throughout the qualification:
  • Facilitates safe working practices: ensures safety of self and others, challenges safety issues
  • Problem solving: works to identify and ensure root causes are resolved, demonstrating a tenacious approach
  • Flexible and adaptable: flexibility to changing working environment and demands. Demonstrates and encourages curiosity to foster new ways of thinking and working
  • Individual flair and imagination: creatively demonstrates individual flair and imagination using fashion forward trends in hair and approaches to their work
  • Professional Development: promotes own professional development, embraces continual development and improvement

  • Progression

    Learners who achieve this qualification are able to work as Creative Hair Stylists, Advanced Senior Stylists and/or Specialist Technicians.

    Learners could work in a variety of different sectors, which may include:
  • Commercial salons
  • Senior stylist/manager
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based salon settings
  • Product manufacturing
  • Training/teaching within private centres/colleges
  • Cruise liners

  • On completion of this qualification, learners are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council.

    Qualification Structure

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

    Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
    HB3D12.SYN Synoptic Assignment HB3D12 3

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

    Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
    UHB326 T/618/3104 Provide client consultation services 3 68
    UHB327 A/618/3105 Advanced and creative cutting services 3 121
    UHB328 F/618/3106 Creative fashion styling and finishing services 3 65
    UHB329 J/618/3107 Provide smoothing and strengthening services 3 95
    UHB330 L/618/3108 Advanced and creative colour services 4 140
    UHB331 R/618/3109 Use fashion forward trends in hair, creative and precision techniques to create a collection of hairstyle looks 4 65

    *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
    Developing U 01908366258 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
    Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
    Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
    The Bournemouth and Poole College of FE 01202 205205 Visit website Dorset - Bournemouth
    Francesco Group Poole Academy 0121 233 9475 Visit website Dorset - Poole
    Mike Taylor Education 01202 649100 Visit website Dorset - Poole
    SAKS Education Ltd 01325 341628 Visit website Durham - Darlington
    Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295111 Visit website Durham - Hartlepool
    East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
    East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
    Partners 4 Training 01825 766060 Visit website East Sussex
    JET Hairdressing Academy 01268 286403 Visit website Essex
    Ministry of Hair Academy 01268527777 Visit website Essex
    E.L.M Academy 0345 307 4435 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bury
    Michaeljohn Training School 0161 819 2662 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
    Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
    Fareham College 01329 815200 Visit website Hampshire
    Farnborough College of Technology 01252 407208 Visit website Hampshire
    Haha Training Ltd 07730775108 / 07793671970 Visit website Hampshire
    Master Class Academy 023 9237 7373 Visit website Hampshire
    Noble Hair Company 01329 239892 Visit website Hampshire
    Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
    Southampton School of Hairdressing and Barbering 023 8059 5060 Visit website Hampshire - Southampton
    Hereford Hair Academy 01432 271113 Visit website Herefordshire
    Harlow Hairdressing Training Academy (HTA) 07943292189 Visit website Hertfordshire
    Iristylers Academy 01304 204685 Visit website Kent
    PH Academy 01795 531 867 Visit website Kent
    Saks Academy - Maidstone 01622691916 Visit website Kent
    TNB Skills Training - Folkestone 01303 256305 Visit website Kent
    Boston College 01205 365701 Visit website Lincolnshire
    Boston College Spalding 01775 715880 Visit website Lincolnshire
    Positive Approach Academy for Hair 01724 865048 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
    Debut Training Academy Ltd - Sidcup 0208 859 3446 Visit website London - Bexley
    Choppy Cut Academy 0208 804 6700 Visit website London - Enfield
    Halls of Ivy 01708 766395 Visit website London - Havering
    AAXA 07804092978 Visit website London - Hounslow
    LHAA / LBTA 020 8953 9344 Visit website London - Hounslow
    alan d Hairdressing 020 7634 9400 Visit website London, City of
    Mode Training Ltd 0151 709 4640 Visit website Merseyside
    Montebello Training Ltd 0151 329 3292 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
    Southport College 01704 500606 Visit website Merseyside - Sefton
    Achievement Training & Skills 01603 626453 Visit website Norfolk
    Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
    Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
    NHTA Limited 0115 9691650 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
    Span Training and Development Ltd 0845 548 5100 Visit website Oxfordshire
    Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
    Oracle Training Consultants Ltd - Doncaster 01302 813900 Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
    Excel Training Ltd 01709 300255 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
    Oracle Training Consultants Ltd - Rotherham 01709 720746 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
    Realise 0114 251 9210 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
    Francesco Group Stafford Academy 01785 247175 Visit website Staffordshire
    Alan d Hairdressing Education 01473 210764 Visit website Suffolk
    Falltricks Hairdressing Academy - Ipswich 01473 225786 Visit website Suffolk
    Omni Academy 01932 232322 Visit website Surrey
    Resources NE Limited 0191 4479844 Visit website Tyne and Wear - Newcastle upon Tyne
    North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - Nuneaton Campus 024 7624 3000 Visit website Warwickshire
    Francesco Group Birmingham Academy 0121 233 9475 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
    The Academy Training Hair and Beauty Limited 024 7655 9559 Visit website West Midlands - Coventry
    Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
    Kirklees College - Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
    Kirklees College - Pioneer House 01924 465916 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
    The Link Training Academy 01484 425500 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
    Leeds City College - Deacon House 0113 3087923 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
    Leeds City College - Rothwell Centre 0113 2162282 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
    Leeds City College - The Printworks Campus 0113 284 6362 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
    Yorkshire College of Beauty 0113 2509507 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
    Room: 97 Creative Hairdressing 01924 339172 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
    Heart of Worcestershire College - Redditch 01527 572522 Visit website Worcestershire