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Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

If you are working in a salon and want to gain industry standard skills then you can with a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship.

This course is ideal for people who want to combine working in the industry with learning. Gloucestershire College's experienced lecturers will follow you into your workplace to assess your skills.

You'll be expected to come into the college to add to your knowledge but the majority of your time will be spent in the workplace with assessments taking place in both College and the Salon. But thanks to the great facilities at the college, you will think you're in your place of work because of the real salon set-up the college has re-created.

Course content

During the course, which has been designed with the help of professionals in the industry, you'll be taught creative hair cutting, colour correcting services, safety control procedures as well as sales and promotion skills.

The qualification is made up of an NVQ level 3 in Hairdressing, and key skills in communication and application of numbers.

Entry requirements

The course is designed to suit somebody who wants to enrol onto the advanced apprenticeship course immediately or someone who is currently a stylist at a salon.

To achieve the apprenticeship, students will need to have completed the full framework, which consists of the NVQ level 2 in hairdressing, and key skills in communication and application of numbers at level 2.

Some learners may be exempt from key skills depending on their GCSE results.


You'll be assessed using a combination of practical work on paying clients along with online testing at the end of each module. Off-site photoshoots and catwalk shows will also be assessed.

Financial information

You’ll need to top up your hairdressing kit, buy a uniform that consists of a black tunic, black trousers and flat black shoes and also stationery. You will also need to pay for tickets to trade shows and exhibitions which happen throughout the year.

Future opportunities

Once you've successfully completed the course, you'll be qualified to take on additional responsibilities in the salon or you could further your training and enrol onto a foundation degree in Spa or Salon Management.

There is also the opportunity to work in different industries such as media, stage and television.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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