Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
31 August 2020TBCNick Williams

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


For those, looking to build on their Level 2 hairdressing skills; developing their knowledge and practical ability to Level 3.

The course is designed for those looking to explore their creativity and imagination in a practical base environment, gain the skills relevant for a career in the hairdressing industry. The course enables CPD (continued professional development) as well as providing progression opportunities.


You will learn how to create elegant bridal styles, creative fashion colouring with basic colour correction, creative styling and dressing, re-cap basic cuts and developing new emerging cutting shapes and techniques, how to carry out an in-depth consultation, interpersonal skills, team work and managing and monitoring Health and Safety.


This course is delivered by specialist staff, who have years of industry experience along with specialist qualifications.

This programme incorporates student participation, theory input, and demonstration, including lectures, discussions, projects, case studies, online examination and self-directed study, using multimedia approach where appropriate.  This helps students to develop core skills required for the industry which includes the ability to meet deadlines and retention of knowledge as well as application of skills in a professional environment.

Students are assessed through practical observation of skill and questioning, along with on line examinations.

Within the programme, students receive full support in their skill development and acquisition of competence. Specialist learning support is available.

Work experience and professional experience is incorporated within a commercial environment both in college and as a structured work experience programme located in commercial salons, where available. This promotes increased employment opportunities. As part of the course, the college encourages students to attend exhibitions and trips.


As part of your programme of study you may be expected to attend an external work placement for 50 working days each year.
This will give you occupationally specific training focussed on developing practical and technical skills in the workplace.


As part of this course you will attend English and Math sessions if you are aged between 16-18 years old.

These classes will be with subject specialists and delivered at a level to suit you.


There is a varied range of opportunities for those with the right outlook and attitude in the world of Hairdressing. Successful students will find outlets for their skills in: Salons (as a stylist), salon ownership/self-employment, health farms, cruise liners, television, films and the fashion industry along with University courses.


Opportunities exist for students to obtain additional qualifications after completion of their Level 3 Certificate.

  • Technical Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Intermediate Gents hairdressing
  • Intermediate Beauty (if studying Top to Toe)
  • Technical Gents hairdressing
  • Intermediate 2 Barbering
  • Level 4 colour correction
  • Level 4 Management


  • Team building Exercises
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Salon International- London excel


Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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