Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Hairdressing - Level 3 Diploma

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Course Code: FE0040-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Adult qualifications and professional, Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Women's Hairdressing Level 3 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Course aims

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. 

Further develop your techniques and prepare for the workplace in this Advanced Level Diploma that will help you find your creative edge.

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. 

Entry Requirements

Level 3 requires a Level 2 diploma in hairdressing.

Start at Level 2 if you have at least 3 GCSEs at grade 3 (C) or above, including English and maths. 

Start at Level 1 if you have at least 2 GCSEs at grade 1 (G) or above, preferably including English and maths. 

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the hair and beauty pathway. 

Entry Requirements

Course content

  • 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 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.

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
  • Assessment

    Service portfolio, graded practical assessment and external examination

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

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
  • 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 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 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.”

  • 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.”

  • alumni Views Alice Robson NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing

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

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Potential Careers

Hairdressing or beauty salon manager/proprietor

Typical Tasks:

  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Controls the allocation, training and remuneration of staff.
  • Provides clients with information and advice on styles and treatments, and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Ensures clients' records are maintained.
  • Undertakes and/or directs hair treatments and/or beauty therapy.
  • Checks and maintains any equipment, and ensures that all safety requirements are met.
  • Demonstrates, advises on and sells hair and/or beauty products.
  • Ensures financial accounts for the business are maintained.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 0.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £15,873

AVERAGE £27,651


Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics

Hairdresser or barber

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses customer requirements, analyses hair condition and other relevant features to define and advise on hair style.
  • Washes, conditions, bleaches, tints or dyes hair and provides any necessary basic scalp treatments.
  • Cuts and trims hair using scissors, clippers, razor and comb.
  • Combs, brushes, blow-dries or sets wet hair in rollers to style or straighten.
  • Shaves and trims beards and moustaches.
  • Collects payment, arranges appointments and cleans and tidies salon.
  • Maintains client records and keeps up-to-date with new products, styles and techniques.
  • Ensures hair products are stored and used appropriately and observes relevant health and safety factors.
  • Demonstrates, sells and recommends hair care products to clients and advises them on hair care.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 5.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £12,578

AVERAGE £15,152


Desired Skills:
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
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