The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing is an occupational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser/stylist. This qualification is based on Hairdressing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s lead hairdressing professional association (The Hairdressing Council) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a senior hairdresser/stylist.

Entry on to this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Hairdressing qualification at level 2.

 The modules you will study are:

UV30491 – Monitor and Maintain Health and Safety Practice in the Salon

You will recognise salon hazards, carry out risk assessments and then implement the necessary actions. You will monitor and support your colleagues to ensure your salon complies with health and safety requirements. You will implement and supervise salon procedures for all aspects of salon safety and security including the need for insurance.


  • 2 Assessments
  • 2 Assignments

UV30506 – Hairdressing Consultation Support for Colleagues

You will use your personal client consultation skills to assist in the following areas: the use of effective communication techniques, how to recognise hair, skin and scalp disorders, when to use a range of hair tests, knowing when to refer conditions to professionals and how to maintain up-to-date client records whilst maintaining client confidentiality.


  • 3 Assessments
  • 3 Assignments
  • 1 Exam

UV30497 – Colour Hair to Create a Variety of Looks

The aim of this unit is to develop your creative skills to advanced level to combine, adapt and personalise a range of colouring and lightening techniques to achieve a variety of fashion effects that complement a style. You will develop the ability to identify the appropriate product, technique and corrective action to satisfy your client’s needs. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.


  • 6 Assessments
  • 2 Assignment
  • 1 Exam

UV30495 – Cut Women’s Hair to Create a Variety of Looks

The aim of this unit is to develop your cutting skills to an advanced level, to enable you to create a personalised and individual look for your clients. You must demonstrate that you can work on wet, dry, curly and straight hair using a variety of advanced cutting and texturizing techniques, in a way that enhances your clients’ personal image. Part of this service is to provide your clients with good aftercare advice.


  • 6 Assessments
  • 2 Assignments
  • 1 Exam

UV30496 – Style and Dress Hair using a Variety of Techniques

The aim of this unit is to develop your skills to use a variety of conventional and non-conventional dressing techniques to produce innovative, fashionable and creative looks for your clientele. You will develop the ability to combine and adapt a variety of styling and finishing methods, including the use of ornamentation, to produce individual finished effects. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.


  • 5 Assessments
  • 2 Assignments
  • 1 Exam

UV30435 – Promote and Sell Products and Services to Clients

This unit will help you to develop your skills and knowledge in the products and services, you use and sell. Working through this unit will help develop your skills in techniques for effective communication with your clients, interpreting buying signals, managing client expectations, introducing new products and services, describing the features and benefits and learning how to close a sale.


  • 3 Assessments
  • 3 Assignments

UV30493 – Maintaining Personal Health and Wellbeing

The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of how to maintain your own health and wellbeing. This will include setting a personal action plan, having clear goals, regular monitoring, reviewing activities, evaluating your progress and updating your action plan. This is a continuous cycle for monitoring your eating, lifestyle, exercise and weight management.


  • 2 Assignments
  • 1 Exam

UV40501 – Hair Colour Correction 

This unit is based around the careful analysis of the current state of your client’s hair, planning a realistic course of action, acquiring agreement prior to service, choosing the correct products tools and equipment to achieve the desired effect and finally provide a thorough aftercare service for your client. Maintaining effective health, safety and hygiene procedures throughout each service is paramount.


  • 4 Assessments
  • 2 Assignments
  • 1 Exam

In addition, this qualification will also cover:

  • Contra-indications and contra-actions
  • Keeping records
  • Benefits of products, disposal of waste products
  • Observation of hygiene and safety practices
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pre-treatment and aftercare advice, client consultation
  • Organisational and legal requirements
  • Educational visits related to the Hair Industry
  • Workshops on Customer Service, Study Planning, Job Search Skills and many more

How will my NVQ be assessed?

  • Through a range of classroom work activities
  • Through completion of theory tasks and work study packs
  • Through completion of practical treatment assessments
  • Through completion of written assignments
  • Through multiple choice exams
  • Group work activities


What could I do once I qualify?

  • Progress onto an advanced Level 3 course
  • Progress into a work-based apprenticeship studying a level 3 qualification
  • 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

What else will I be expected to complete?

Arrange your own work experience at a local salon (approximately 30 hours to be completed over the course program)

Duration of the course?

Approximately 6 months at one day per week (can vary)

Everyone will complete at their own pace within the time frame given


How is the course funded?

This course can be funded via the government or by private paying – please speak to a member of staff for details

Will I need to study at home?

Yes, it is very important to make sure that you are practising your practical treatments and working on your assignments or workbooks every week to be able to pass your exams and observations.

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