Level 3 NVQ Diploma in hairdressing


Who is it for?

This is a work-based qualification suitable for  anyone who has completed NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing or barbering and wants to progress further in the industry.


See units listed below. Students  are allocated a dedicated assessor who will visit them in the workplace to  carry out assessments, set targets, provide support and monitor their progress.

What units must be achieved?

To achieve a full Level 3 NVQ Diploma in hairdressing,  students must achieve a minimum of 58 credits: 21 credits from the mandatory units  and a further 37 must be achieved from the optional units.

Mandatory units

Unit: G22 Monitor procedures to safely control work operations 4 credits 

Unit: G18 Promote additional services or products to clients 6 credits

Unit: G21 Provide hairdressing consultation services 3 credits

Unit: GH16 Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques 8 credits

Optional units
The assessor will carry out a skillscan with the student in their workplace to identify the best optional units to complete. This decision is made in agreement with the student, their employer and their assessor.

Entry requirements

Students must already have completed an NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing or barbering.  If this qualification is being completed as part of an apprenticeship then further entry requirements apply. 


The course takes between 12 and 18 months depending on:

  • the student’s prior experience, knowledge and qualifications
  • how long the student can be released for training by their employer
  • the amount of time the student has to dedicate to the course work
  • the outcome of the student’s initial assessments whether the course is being taken as part of an apprenticeship


Apprenticeship funding is available for this course. Students’ eligibility for funding will be assessed on application. If students are not eligible, the cost of the course is £1500 inclusive of VAT


At the end of this course, students will be able to carry out advanced hairdressing services.  On completion, the assessor will discuss with the student what further qualifications are available to them.

How to apply

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