Womens Hairdressing L3 Diploma

Course code: BD3WH

Hairdressing practicalWhat will you do on this course?

This one year course is aimed at recently qualified Level 2 junior stylists. You will build and develop your skills in colouring, cutting, creative hair design and bridal styling.

Special features

Students will study in a commercial salon and gain valuable experience of salon life with opportunities to work with paying clients in our Hair Salons in a supported and supervised arrangement.

Trips and guest speakers are included in the programme and you will also have an opportunity to participate in our annual Industry Day and to attend talks and presentations from representatives from the hairdressing industry. New for 2016 - you will have the opportunity to take part in our French Exchange programme with Lycée Professionnel - Agen.

There will also be the opportunity to participate in internal and external competitions. You will have the opportunity to show off your skills during the annual End of Year Showcase.


How is the course assessed?

Each unit is assessed through graded observations of practical skills and on-line testing. Participation in internal and external arranged competitions is also a requirement. City & Guilds Exam Board.

University and career progression

You could pursue a career as a salon stylist, freelance hairdresser, cruise ship stylist, or work abroad or in the TV/film/media industry.

Former students have secured work in prestigious salons and gone on to be self employed.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of either NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing or the Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing is required before progressing to a Level 3 course. Level 2 gives you an excellent foundation for extending your skills and knowledge.

Recommended resources

You may be required to update your existing kit should any of your tools need to be replaced.


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Tilly MarshStudent Profile: Tilly Marsh

“The course and facilities at Strode College are really good. The staff are really supportive; I got all the help I needed.”

Tilly, a former pupil of Crispin School, studied the Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing and has just completed the Level 3 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing. She is now studying the Level 2 Diploma in Barbering.


Hairdressing student of the year - Amanda Dunk

Studied: Hairdressing Level 3
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Ansford Academy
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Stylist, Karen Christensen Hair and Beauty

Amanda displayed excellent personal qualities including a pleasant, caring and cheerful manner both at college and in her salon placement with Karen Christensen. Clients often requested her on their return. She was an excellent team player, with an ability to motivate others to achieve in both theory and practical lessons. Amanda was the worthy winner of the Worldskills UK and Institute for Learning Vocational Masterclass Competition held at Strode College. She was always willing to help and always with a positive attitude and a smile.”


Lucy ReynoldsStudent Profile: Lucy Reynolds

"The people at Strode are lovely. You learn so much from the teachers and when you need help there is always someone there."

Lucy, a former pupil of Ansford Academy, studied Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing and has just completed the Level 3 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing. She is planning to gain employment as a stylist in a salon.


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SC111Strode College, Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0ABOne Year05 Sep 16No fee for 16-18 year olds