Level 3 Diploma in Advanced and Creative Hairdressing

The Level 3 Diploma in Advanced and Creative Hairdressing is perfect for learners who want to expand their knowledge and skills to become a more creative, technical hairdresser.

This apprenticeship is available for any learner above the age of 16 and can take between 13 to 24 months. On average the program will take 17 to 19 months to complete.

There are no entry requirements for the apprenticeship, however all learners must have completed a Level 2 Award in Infection
Prevention (COVID-19) and we would highly recommend that all learners complete the Hair Professional Level 2 Apprenticeship before embarking on the advanced program.

The Qualification

During your apprenticeship you will be assessed on your knowledge and understanding of the six mandatory units. This assessment will be completed by your Saks Educator to the requirements of our awarding body VTCT.

The Units

There are six mandatory units and to be awarded the Diploma in Advanced and Creative Hairdressing Level 3 you must achieve in all these.

The Mandatory Units Are:

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge, understanding and skills to provide a comprehensive consultation and advisory service to clients. Client consultation is critical to the success of all technical services to ensure that learners fully engage with clients to meet their needs and expectations.

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills to use a variety of cutting techniques to personalise and create a collection of styles. The learner will discover how to enhance colours with the use of cutting to create a collection of hairstyles.

The aim of this unit is to develop learners' knowledge, understanding and skills to use a variety of advanced, creative styling and finishing techniques. The learner will combine, adapt and personalise a range of skills to achieve a variety of styling and finishing techniques, resulting in a style collection.

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills to use a variety of smoothing and strengthening systems. The learner will combine, adapt and personalise a range of techniques to achieve a variety of smoothing and strengthening effects on the hair.

This unit is about advanced and creative colour services. Learners must be able use a range of colouring and lightening techniques to achieve a variety of fashion effects and in addition demonstrate the advanced skills necessary to determine and correct complex colouring problems. To achieve this unit, learners must be able to remove artificial colour, remove bands of colour, recolour lightened hair, recolour hair that has had artificial colour removed, perform pre-pigmentation and pre-softening methods and correct highlights and lowlights.

How It Works

Saks Apprenticeships provide Outstanding Hairdressing Apprenticeships using two options most chosen by salons across the country. You can choose to complete the apprenticeship through either a fully in salon route where all the training and assessments are completed in your own salon, or you can choose to follow the day release route at one of our fully equipped hair salons at our academies.

Either option will give you these fantastic benefits:

  • Full practical and theory training from an award winning training provider.
  • Bespoke learning pathway arranged to suit you and your salons needs, whilst ensuring all aspects of the apprenticeship are completed.
  • Access to our innovative Virtual Learning Environment containing digital learning materials such as videos from industry experts, workbooks and quizzes.
  • Virtual classrooms on Zoom, Teams and Facebook to top up your industry leading training.
  • An invite to our Apprenticeship Facebook Forum where apprentices, employers and educators meet to chat, ask for and offer advice, show off their skills and take part in friendly competition.
  • Assessments and observations from outstanding educators with years of industry experience.
  • The contact details of your dedicated educator so you can get in touch about anything you need, even if it's not related to your apprenticeship.
  • Regular reviews throughout the apprenticeship allowing you to offer feedback on your training.
  • End Point Assessment preparation and support.
  • Full support for your English and maths functional skills using specially developed tools and materials.

If you have chosen the in work learning route you will also receive monthly salon visits from your educator to support you through the training you are getting in your salon and top up where needed.

Completing The Apprenticeship

At the end of your apprenticeship, after you have successfully completed the unit assessments, you will receive a Certificate of Unit Achievement. This allows you to progress onto the Gateway stage of the apprenticeship.

The Gateway is a period where we will review your knowledge, skills and behaviours to see if you have met the minimum requirements and are ready to take the assessment.

Once you have successfully completed the Gateway you will be submitted for your End Point Assessment. The End Point Assessment or EPA is an assessment of all the knowledge, skills and behaviours you have learned throughout your apprenticeship, it confirms you are ready and competent in the career path you have chosen.

These assessments have been designed and developed, by employers in the hairdressing industry, to reflect the daily work of a hairdresser. This makes them very sought after by employers across the industry.

After you have passed all the elements of the EPA, including any required standards in English and maths, you will receive your apprenticeship certificate.

What Are The Next Steps?

After you have completed your Level 3 Diploma in Advanced and Creative Hairdressing you will have reached the pinnacle of hairdressing apprenticeships and are able to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council. However, there are still more skills you can learn to help you develop within the Hair and Beauty industry.

These apprenticeships will allow you to increase your knowledge add to your skill set and become ever more valuable to your salon.

You can choose from each of the following apprenticeships.


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