Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: HB3ED1 GLH: 440 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6991/6 Units: 0 - 22 Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2019
Level: 3

Additional Information

Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hairdressing is a technical level qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser/stylist.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, a learner will ideally hold a Level 2 qualification or equivalent in hairdressing.

What does this qualification cover?


This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for hairdressing and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a senior hairdresser/stylist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Health and safety in the salon
- Hairdressing consultation
- Hair cutting services
- Hair colouring services
- Setting and dressing services
- Blow-drying and finishing services

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of cutting and colouring services, and set, dress and finish the hair. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to complete four optional units. A variety of optional units are available which include (this list is not exhaustive): colour correction services, hair and scalp treatments, hair perming services, competition hair, hair extension services, men's cutting services, occasion hair services, managing a commercial column and social media marketing.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?


This qualification is one of two VTCT technical level qualifications in hairdressing. In addition to this qualification is the Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing; both qualify learners to become senior hairdressers/stylists.

At 440 to 780 guided learning hours (GLH), the Extended Diploma is far larger and most suited to learners who have achieved English and maths at Level 2 and wish to focus the majority of their programme on hairdressing, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills.

The Diploma at 365 to 460 GLH is most suitable for learners who continue, as part of their programme of study to work towards achieving Level 2 English and maths, or those undertaking another qualification in parallel. Learners may wish to progress from the Diploma to the Extended Diploma.

Which subjects might complement this qualification?


As a service-sector qualification, vocational subjects which may complement this qualification include, customer service, business studies and management, marketing, retail, fashion and photography. Academic subjects that may complement this qualification include maths, English, art and design, design and technology and science.

What could this qualification lead to?


Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hair Council. As a senior hairdresser/stylist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

- commercial salons
- specialist African type hair salons
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- television, film, theatre and media
- armed services
- HM prison service
- cruise liners
- hospitals/care homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:

- salon management
- hair colour correction
- specialist hair and scalp services
- advanced hair styling

Who supports this qualification?


This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been submitted to the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2016, and will be first reported in the technical level category of the 2018 16-19 performance tables.

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the hairdressing sector. Because of this, the knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:


NameWebsite address
The Hair Councilhaircouncil.org.uk
National Hairdressers' Federationnhf.info



Qualification Structure

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
HB3ED1.EX1 External Examination 1 HB3ED1 3
HB3ED1.EX2 External Examination 2 HB3ED1 3
HB3ED1.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment HB3ED1 3



Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UCO28M L/507/5626 Health and safety in the salon 3 30
UHB124M M/507/5327 Blow-drying and finishing services 3 30
UHB134M H/507/5485 Hair colouring services 3 100
UHB135M F/507/5493 Hair cutting services 3 90
UHB139M H/507/5597 Hairdressing consultation 3 60
UHB147M T/507/5605 Setting and dressing services 3 30



Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UCO29X D/507/5629 Salon reception duties 3 25
UCO30X Y/507/5631 Social media marketing for a hair or beauty business 3 25
UCO31X D/507/5632 Planning and implementing promotional activities 3 25
UCO32X T/507/5636 Managing a commercial column 3 25
UHB125X A/507/5329 Blow-drying and straightening systems 3 60
UHB126X T/507/5426 Colour correction services 3 120
UHB128X D/507/5436 Competition hair 3 60
UHB133X L/507/5478 Hair and scalp treatments 3 80
UHB136X F/507/5588 Hair extension services 3 100
UHB137X A/507/5590 Hair perming services 3 110
UHB138X Y/507/5595 Hair relaxing services 3 110
UHB145X H/507/5602 Occasion hair services 3 30
UHB150X M/507/5618 Men's cutting services 3 80



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

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
St. Peter's School 01480 459581 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Cheshire College - South & West 01270 654654 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
GHQ Training @ Inspirational Nails and Beauty Academy 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
INABT Ltd 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Newton Abbot College 01626 883192 Visit website Devon
GHQ Training Ltd 01752 218086 Visit website Devon - Plymouth
Wolsingham School and Community College 01388 527302 Visit website Durham
Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295111 Visit website Durham - Hartlepool
Bexhill College 01424 214545 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Harlow College 01279 868000 Visit website Essex
The Manchester College - Moston Campus 0161 920 4414 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Northenden Campus 0161 614 8000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Openshaw Campus 01785 774100 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360000 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Above Bar Training - Eastleigh College 023 80211418 Visit website Hampshire - Southampton
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Dover Technical College 01304 244303 Visit website Kent
Accrington and Rossendale College 01254 389933 Visit website Lancashire
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
Boston College 01205 365701 Visit website Lincolnshire
Boston College Spalding 01775 715880 Visit website Lincolnshire
New College Stamford 01780 484300 Visit website Lincolnshire
University Academy Holbeach 01406 423042 Visit website Lincolnshire
Barnet and Southgate College 020 3764 8000 Visit website London - Barnet
Positive Pathways Academy 01322 436285 Visit website London - Bexley
Salon Hijab Ltd T/A Salon Hijab Academy 020 8204 8833 Visit website London - Harrow
Liverpool Hair Academy 0151 706 0499 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
North Nottinghamshire College 01709 722 683 Visit website Nottinghamshire
West Nottinghamshire College 01623 627191 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
E.Quality Training 01782 620003 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
Lowestoft College 01502 525005 Visit website Suffolk
Cheam High School 020 8644 5790 Visit website Surrey
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Guildford College of Further and Higher Education 01483 448500 Visit website Surrey
South and City College Birmingham - Digbeth Campus 0121 6945000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Hall Green Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Handsworth Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education 0121 556 6000 Visit website West Midlands - Sandwell
Northbrook Metropolitan College 01903 273054 Visit website West Sussex
Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
In House Training Ltd 01924 500647 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Christopher Whitehead Language College 01905 423906 Visit website Worcestershire
St. Colman's High School 028 9756 2518 Visit website Newry, Mourne and Down