Faculty of Hospitality, Hair and Beauty
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Hospitality, Hair and Beauty Level 3 - Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma Laurence Building 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course aims to provide you with a range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing industry.

There are practical and theoretical classes which will help you develop a portfolio of evidence for verification. There is some case study/project work. Practical skills are developed on models/fellow students - once a level of competence at Level 3 is reached clients are to be used for assessment. Assessment is on paying clients. You will be expected to ensure that you have a range of clients or models for all practical classes on which to develop your skills.

This course is ideal if you wish to develop your skills to an advanced level then this qualification aims to provide you with a range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing industry. Also, if you enjoy being creative, artistic and enjoy the challenge of carrying out advanced technical services within a busy salon environment.

You will be assessed by an externally set and marked exam and by a final practical synoptic assignment.

What topics will I study?

  • Have the opportunity to work with local employers who will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry.
  • Learn how to cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • Creatively colour and lighten hair
  • Carry out hairdressing consultation services
  • Learn how to creatively style and dress hair
  • Learn how to carry out hair colour correction services

What experiences will I get?

You will work in our outstanding Wella Centre of Excellence including use of our brand new Showcase Salon. We recommend you gain part-time employment or a work placement in a salon throughout the course.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have completed the Level 2 Technical Certificate for Cutting and Styling Services, internal applicants will also need a reference from their former tutor.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

We have fantastic commercial hair salons, beauty clinics, theatrical make-up studios and Spa. You will have the opportunity to train in the faculties brand new showcase salon Zeal @ Exeter College all at the Laurence Building on our Hele Road site. All our students experience a busy commercial environment, H2B professional treatments are available to visitors from all over the southwest. Learning resource centres also provide students with access to the internet as well as specialist information to support them during their studies.

What can the course lead on to?

You will have the opportunity to work as a stylist in the industry or gain employment and progress onto a Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to purchase a personal kit and uniform. You are responsible for providing your own working resources.


This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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Past student Saffron studied Level 2 and Level 3 Hairdressing at Exeter College then went onto to study at University College Birmingham on a degree course for Theatrical Media Makeup. 

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