Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Hairdressing - City & Guilds Diploma in Hairdressing Level 3

This course progresses you to advanced hairdressing and prepares you for employment.

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Key information

Course code: B0519 Course type: Full-time, International, 16-19 (full-time) Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: Level 2 Diploma in hairdressing End qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Women's Hairdressing Level 3 Awarding body: City & Guilds Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Assessment: Service portfolio, graded practical assessment and external examination

Course aims and areas

Further develop your techniques and prepare for the workplace in this advanced level diploma that will help you find your creative edge.

Studying hairdressing at Brighton MET is hands-on, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and experience to progress to employment or further education.

You will be able to deliver advanced cutting and colour skills and show a wealth of knowledge to senior stylist standard. This course will also enable you to correct many colouring problems and help clients that would like that drastic change.

As well as creative lessons in modern well-equipped studios, you will have the opportunity to work in our professional salons, which are open to the public.

This added experience helps when approaching employers and allows you to develop your skills in customer service, communication and commerciality.

Course Units

  • Consultation services
  • Cutting hair using a combination techniques
  • Creative colouring and lightening
  • Creative styling and dressing
  • Hair colour correction

Why the MET?

The course provides real-world training facilities. You will use quality professional kits and products in professional salons with paying customers. 

Our highly-skilled teachers have current industry experience and the department has strong industry and employer links.

Throughout the course you will benefit from guest speakers, product training and additional training from external companies, such as Goldwell UK, TIgi and Balmain.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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Work experience

You will work commercially in Metro Hair and Beauty Salon here at Brighton MET and take part in our annual hair show attended and judged by 30 local employers.

We have very strong links with local employers, many of whom started their own careers at Brighton MET.

All of our students have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position within that company.

We hold an annual careers day where local, national and international employers will come and give seminars. This will give you valuable information and advice about progression opportunities and setting up your own businesses.

We also hold training days, trips to trade shows and have guest speakers to keep all of your training and knowledge current and up to date.

What's next?

After level 3 you can progress to further study or seek employment.

As you are required to have a salon placement running alongside your course, employers will often employ you on successful completion of your qualification.

You can move on to other specialist level 2 and 3 qualifications, such as make-up artistry, theatrical make-up, or part time courses in hair extensions or african caribbean hair.

Future careers can include:

  • Salon stylist
  • Colourist
  • Hotel/cruise hairdresser 
  • Department store hairdresser 
  • Senior stylist
  • Freelance hairdresser
  • Salon owner

  • Three well-equipped training salons and a commercial salon open to the public
  • High-end industry standard equipment and products
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase additional kit for this course:

Kit and uniform: approx. £350 (TBC )

Online resource: £25 

External trip to trade show: £25

Portfolio/stationery: £5

Additional costs
  • alumni Views Simon Webster Hairdressing

    “Simon studied Hairdressing at Brighton MET college over 30 years ago, winning our Annual Hair show in 1986.”

    Simon Webster
  • alumni Views Alice Robson NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing

    “Alice has recently opened her own salon called ‘Eden’ here in the North Lanes in Brighton.”

    Alice Robson
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