This is a more advanced hairdressing course, where you will be expected to be a proficient hairdresser.

Entry requirements for the NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing will be an NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing diploma/qualification. You will usually complete this course in order to run your own salon or simply to advance your skills.

Recommended book:

S/NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing with Barbering Units: Candidate Handbook: For the 2003 Standards (S/NVQ Hairdressing for Levels 1 2 and 3)

The S/NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing with Barbering Units is an excellent book in detailing what is required for an NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing. It details the work environment and the key skills required to obtain your level 3, along with how assessment is carried out. The book is extremely easy to follow and provides lots of graphics. The authors have also written other hair and salon guides, equally as brilliant.


NVQ Level 3 HairdressingMost NVQ providers will expect you to complete the following units of the course:


– Maintaining health and safety within the workplace – especially being aware of liquids and cables on the floor as well as toxic chemicals that can be used in a salon.

– Cutting hair creatively using a variety of techniques

– Dying hair using various techniques

– Providing consultation services


Example optional units the NVQ provider will require you to complete are shown below:


– Style hair creatively

– Ability to use hair extensions

– Hair and scalp treatments

– Perm all types of hair


What does the course involve?

Detailed records of your tasks is essential with witness testimonies confirming you performed these tasks. You may be given assignments and asked to sit written tests. Keeping a portfolio is essential, which documents all evidence and tasks related to your course (guidance on keeping a portfolio). You can also submit evidence of work/tasks carried out prior to your course.

The course will usually last a year, but can take up to 2 years.


After an NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing?

You can become a consultant, work as a senior hairdresser within a salon or even become an NVQ Assessor.


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