Hairdressing | City & Guilds Diploma in Hairdressing | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0040-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths. Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Women's Hairdressing Level 3 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?


Further develop your techniques and prepare for the workplace with this Level 3 Diploma in Women's hairdressing.

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 study. Training in our professional salons, you will develop your skills in customer service, communication and commerciality, preparing you for work in salons, hotels, airlines, cruise liners and department stores in the UK or overseas.

On this course, you will:

  • Develop transferable service industry skills
  • Train in brand new salon facilities
  • Gain practical experience in a realistic commercial environment
  • Access dedicated careers support

Start dates

September 2023 Apply
  • alumni Views Alice Robson NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing
    Alice has recently opened her own salon called ‘Eden’ here in the North Laine in Brighton.
  • alumni Views Simon Webster Hairdressing
    Simon is a is a UK Guest Artist for KMSHair, a member of The Fellowship For British Hairdressing and freelance educator. He studied Hairdressing at Brighton MET college over 30 years ago, winning our Annual Hair show in 1986.
  • student Views Kathrine Johnson Level 3 Hairdressing
    My hairdressing skills grow every day and I have come to realise how much more there is to learn from level 2 going to level 3. The teaching at the college has been really good and I felt that every time I have needed help I have been given it.
  • student Views Amy Dawson Level 3 Hairdressing
    I found my course at the college really good to take, as the work experience really helped me. I have also built up my communication skills. I would definitely recommend doing the level 3 course to anyone who wants a job in the hairdressing industry.
  • student Views Acer Hornsbury Level 3 Hairdressing
    While doing my work experience I got a job from that and also the opportunity to be able to travel to a different country and have the chance to do hairdressing there, which was a very rewarding experience and one that I will never forget.
  • student Views Adara Haynes Level 3 Hairdressing
    I found that doing this course has really developed my skills in hairdressing. I feel that this course has made me more confident when working with clients. I think that those aspiring to be the best hairdresser they can - level 3 is the perfect choice for them.
  • student Views Olivia Dalrymple Level 3 Hairdressing
    This course has given me the chance to visit adifferent country to learn their skills and training. I've realised how far I have come since level 2 and how I have progressed, this makes me proud of what I have done and achieved during this course.
  • student Views Ellie Hughes Level 3 Hairdressing
    I've gained loads of experience working with clients and got to go on an amazing trip to Norway, which helped me with one of my biggest problems and that's confidence. Because of the MET and this trip I feel I will be able to reach my full ability to work with clients in a salon environment.
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Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing.

Start at Level 2 if you do not meet the above requirements.


Entry Requirements

Course content

Topics include:
  • Consultation services
  • Cutting hair using a combination techniques
  • Creative colouring and lightening
  • Creative styling and dressing
  • Hair colour correction
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Perm hair to create variety of looks

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 Label M and Wella.

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.

Facilities at Brighton MET

  • 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

Facilities at Brighton MET

Work experience

You will work commercially in Metro Hair and Beauty Salon here at Brighton MET, and have the opportunity 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

Course fees

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Level 3 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees.

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Subsidised fees

 If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

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

Open events

Register your interest for our next open events taking place in 2023. It's an opportunity to explore our amazing facilities and hear from our expert teaching staff.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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