Hairdressing and Barbering (3008)

Last Updated: 03 Nov 2016
To gain the skills you need to work in a hairdressing salon or barber shop -our certificates and diplomas cover a wide range of skills  from shampooing, cutting, perming and styling to advanced colour correction.
A Hairdressing NVQ is for anyone who is serious about a hairdressing or barbering career. There are options to suit individual needs and aspirations - and if you are already working in hairdressing, you could develop your skills to become a senior stylist.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

Interested in delivering this qualification?

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

Depending on the level you choose, you will cover topics like:

  • shampooing, blow drying, plaiting and twisting
  • cutting and styling hair
  • greeting customers and running the salon reception
  • advising customers on hairstyles and colours that would suit them
  • colouring and dressing long hair
  • perming and hair extensions.

To earn these qualifications, you need to show you have got a particular set of skills. You usually work with your training provider to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones - perhaps by trying new things at work, or by studying.

NVQs are assessed at work or in a realistic working environment. For each unit, an assessor observes you carrying out different services and checks your understanding. This information will be recorded in your logbook, which then provides formal evidence of your learning.

For these qualifications, you will practise hairdressing, learn the knowledge required and organise your own study. You will record your achievements in a logbook packed with hints and tips from industry experts.

You might also do online courses, quizzes and games from our SmartScreen service.

Which level is right for me?

Level 1
You are looking to be a Hairdressing Assistant.

Level 2
You want to be a Junior Stylist.

Level 3
You already have hairdressing or barbering qualifications and want to become a Senior Stylist.

Level 4
You want a short specialist award to attain specific hairdressing and barbering skills.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

A Hairdressing NVQ can jump-start your career in Hairdressing. With a Level 1 Hairdressing qualification you can get your first Salon Assistant job, and with the higher levels you could become a Stylist and go on to be a Salon Manager.

To run your own salon or specialise in particular hair types or hairdressing treatments, you might want to think about these other qualifications too:

  • Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas in Hairdressing - update and learn new skills and techniques
  • Higher Professional Certificate / Diploma in Technical Salon Management - the skills to run your own hair salon.
  • Award in Contact Dermatitis Prevention - the techniques to protect customers from infection.

To offer beauty treatments like nail services and spa therapy, take a look at our Beauty Therapy qualifications.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

These qualifications are assessed in the workplace or a realistic working environment. The qualifications are likely to call for a variety of assessment methods and the national occupational standards define what is to be assessed. Methods of assessment include: observation of performance, questioning and knowledge assessments, with both online e-assessment and paper tests available.

You must provide learners with a realistic working environment where they can develop their knowledge and practise their skills.

Centres must also provide learners with resources. To help develop the learners' knowledge and skills, we have developed dedicated online support - SmartScreen.co.uk - which offers materials such as schemes of work, lesson plans, hand-outs, worksheets and interactive activities.

Learners can also access fantastic visual resources - videos, galleries, animations and more - by subscribing to our Learnxtra service.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

There are no age limits or entry requirements to take these qualifications.

 

Level 1

Level 1 will suit you if you are new to the industry and have little or no experience of hairdressing and barbering. You are looking to be a Hairdressing Assistant.

There is one qualification available at this level:

  • Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering.

You complete four mandatory units at Level 1 and a number of optional units. Mandatory units are:

  • Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety (HSS 1)
  • Contribute to the development of effective working relationships
  • Shampoo and condition hair
  • Prepare for hair services and maintain work areas.

For a full list of optional units, refer to the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

A Hairdressing NVQ can jump-start your career in hairdressing - with a Level 1 hairdressing qualification you can get your first Salon Assistant job, and with the higher levels you could become a stylist and go on to be a salon manager.

To run your own Salon or specialise in particular Hair types or Hairdressing treatments, you might want to think about these other qualifications too:

  • Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas in Hairdressing - update and learn new skills and techniques
  • Higher Professional Certificate / Diploma in Technical Salon Management - the skills to run your own hair salon.
  • Award in Contact Dermatitis Prevention - the techniques to protect customers from infection.

To offer Beauty treatments like Nail Services and Spa Therapy, take a look at our Beauty Therapy qualifications.

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering (3008-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2016 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering

  • Accreditation No: 500/6662/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 20 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 196 - 198 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (3008-11)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

  • Accreditation No: 500/9285/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 41 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 403 - 405 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering with GOLA (3008-51)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2016 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering

  • Accreditation No: 500/6662/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 20 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 196 - 198 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy with GOLA (3008-61)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

  • Accreditation No: 500/9285/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 41 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 403 - 405 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

Level 2 will suit you if you have some experience in the Hairdressing and Barbering industry. You want to be a Junior Stylist.

There are three qualifications available at this level:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types).

Depending on the qualification you choose, you complete between six and nine mandatory units and a range of optional units. Mandatory units include:

  • Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Advise and consult with clients
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using basic techniques.

Optional units include:

  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work
  • Plait and twist hair
  • Fulfil salon reception duties.

For a full list of mandatory and optional units, refer to the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

A Hairdressing NVQ can jump-start your career in hairdressing - with a Level 1 Hairdressing qualification you can get your first Salon Assistant job, and with the higher levels you could become a stylist and go on to be a Salon Manager.

To run your own Salon or specialise in particular Hair types or Hairdressing treatments, you might want to think about these other qualifications too:

  • Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas in Hairdressing - update and learn new skills and techniques
  • Higher Professional Certificate / Diploma in Technical Salon Management - the skills to run your own Hair Salon.
  • Award in Contact Dermatitis Prevention - the techniques to protect customers from infection.

To offer Beauty treatments like Nail Services and Spa Therapy, take a look at our Beauty Therapy qualifications.

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (3008-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2018 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

  • Accreditation No: 500/6355/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 54 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 472 - 486 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering (3008-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2018 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

  • Accreditation No: 500/6567/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 37 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 333 - 333 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types) (3008-04)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2016 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6509/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 62 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 547 - 561 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing with GOLA (3008-52)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2018 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

  • Accreditation No: 500/6355/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 54 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 472 - 486 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering with GOLA (3008-53)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2018 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

  • Accreditation No: 500/6567/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 37 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 333 - 333 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types) (3008-54)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2016 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6509/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 62 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 547 - 561 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 in Hairdressing and Barbering (3008-82)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

Level 2 NVQ Award in Plait and twist hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2403/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 37 - 37 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Perm and neutralise hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2404/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 8 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 70 - 70 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Dry and finish men's hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2405/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 29 - 29 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Perm African type hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2409/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 8 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 70 - 70 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Support Client Service Improvements

  • Accreditation No: 600/2412/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 5 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 33 - 33 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Support customer service improvements

  • Accreditation No: 600/2412/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 5 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 33 - 33 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Advise and consult with clients

  • Accreditation No: 600/2462/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 40 - 40 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp

  • Accreditation No: 600/2464/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 36 - 36 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Style and finish hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2465/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 50 - 50 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Fulfil salon reception

  • Accreditation No: 600/2467/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 24 - 24 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Cut hair using basic barbering techniques

  • Accreditation No: 600/2468/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 8 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 80 - 80 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Set and dress hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2470/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 50 - 50 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work

  • Accreditation No: 600/2471/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Attach hair to enhance a style

  • Accreditation No: 600/2473/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 22 - 22 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Change men's hair colour

  • Accreditation No: 600/2475/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 11 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 105 - 105 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Create basic patterns in hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2476/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 40 - 40 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Relax hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2477/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 7 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 58 - 58 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Style and finish African type hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2478/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 50 - 50 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 NVQ Award in Cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques

  • Accreditation No: 600/2651/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 37 - 37 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

Level 3 is ideal if you already have a Hairdressing or Barbering qualification and want to become a Senior Stylist.

There are three qualifications to choose from at this level:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types).

Depending on the qualification you choose, you complete four or more mandatory units and a number of optional units from a range. Mandatory units include:

  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Provide hairdressing consultation services
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques.

Optional units include:

  • Colour hair using a variety of techniques
  • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities.

For a full list of mandatory and optional units, refer to the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

A Hairdressing NVQ can jump-start your career in hairdressing - with a Level 1 hairdressing qualification you can get your first salon assistant job, and with the higher levels you could become a stylist and go on to be a salon manager.

To run your own salon or specialise in particular hair types or hairdressing treatments, you might want to think about these other qualifications too:
  • Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas in Hairdressing - update and learn new skills and techniques
  • Higher Professional Certificate / Diploma in Technical Salon Management - the skills to run your own Hair Salon.
  • Award in Contact Dermatitis Prevention - the techniques to protect customers from infection.
To offer Beauty treatments like Nail Services and Spa Therapy, take a look at our Beauty Therapy qualifications.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (3008-05)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2018 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

  • Accreditation No: 500/6573/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 58 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 439 - 458 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering (3008-06)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2018 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

  • Accreditation No: 500/6574/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 47 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 345 - 368 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types) (3008-07)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2016 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types)

  • Accreditation No: 500/7939/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 56 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 418 - 438 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing with GOLA (3008-55)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2018 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

  • Accreditation No: 500/6573/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 58 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 439 - 458 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering with GOLA (3008-56)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2018 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

  • Accreditation No: 500/6574/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 47 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 345 - 368 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types) with GOLA (3008-57)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2016

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types)

  • Accreditation No: 500/7939/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 56 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 418 - 438 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 in Hairdressing and Barbering (3008-83)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2016

Level 3 NVQ Award in Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities

  • Accreditation No: 600/2454/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 5 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 32 - 32 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Creatively dress long hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2557/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 5 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 39 - 39 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/09/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Provide creative hair extension services

  • Accreditation No: 600/2558/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 8 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 64 - 64 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Design and create a range of facial hair shapes

  • Accreditation No: 600/2561/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 27 - 27 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Style African type hair using thermal styling techniques

  • Accreditation No: 600/2563/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 5 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 49 - 49 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Provide hairdressing consultation services for African type hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2622/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 22 - 22 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/09/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Provide hairdressing consultation services for African type hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2626/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 22 - 22 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Creatively style and dress African type hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2627/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 25 - 25 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/09/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Provide face massage services

  • Accreditation No: 600/2628/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 32 - 32 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques

  • Accreditation No: 600/2629/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 5 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 48 - 48 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Create a variety of permed effects

  • Accreditation No: 600/2635/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 8 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 62 - 62 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills

  • Accreditation No: 600/2636/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 5 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 40 - 40 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Colour hair using a variety of techniques

  • Accreditation No: 600/2637/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 12 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 95 - 95 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/09/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Creatively style and dress hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2638/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 34 - 34 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Provide hairdressing consultation services

  • Accreditation No: 600/2646/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 22 - 22 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques

  • Accreditation No: 600/2648/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 8 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 67 - 67 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Provide a variety of relaxing services

  • Accreditation No: 600/2743/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 7 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 55 - 55 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 NVQ Award in Provide shaving services

  • Accreditation No: 600/2744/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 29 - 29 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4

This level is ideal if you want to attain specific hairdressing and barbering skills. Level 4 comprises smaller, work-based qualifications, suitable for learners who are new to the industry and those who are in more senior positions alike.

The Level 4 specialist qualifications are:

  • Provide colour correction services
  • Provide specialist consultation services for hair and scalp conditions
  • Design and create patterns in hair.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

A Hairdressing NVQ can jump-start your career in hairdressing - with a Level 1 hairdressing qualification you can get your first salon assistant job, and with the higher levels you could become a stylist and go on to be a salon manager.

To run your own salon or specialise in particular hair types or hairdressing treatments, you might want to think about these other qualifications too:

  • Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas in Hairdressing- update and learn new skills and techniques
  • Higher Professional Certificate / Diploma in Technical Salon Management - the skills to run your own hair salon.
  • Award in Contact Dermatitis Prevention - the techniques to protect customers from infection.

To offer beauty treatments like nail services and spa therapy, take a look at our beauty therapy qualifications.

Level 4 in Hairdressing and Barbering (3008-84)

Last Registration Date: 31 Jul 2016

Level 4 NVQ Award in Providing Specialist Hair and Scalp Treatments

  • Accreditation No: 600/2620/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 12 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 91 - 91 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/09/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 NVQ Award in Design and create patterns in hair

  • Accreditation No: 600/2621/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 5 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 21 - 21 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/09/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 NVQ Certificate in Provide colour correction services

  • Accreditation No: 600/2624/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 106 - 106 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/07/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

Smart Screen

SMARTSCREEN IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

SmartScreen is our online portal for tutor, assessors and learners that provides unit-specific support materials and tutor forums to complement the delivery and learning experience

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Learning Assistant

LEARNING ASSISTANT IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

Learning Assistant is an innovative and cost effective e-portfolio solution that allows colleges and training providers to dramatically improve the delivery of their vocational qualifications.

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Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to WalledGarden.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

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