VRQ Level 3 Diploma in
Hairdressing Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 6

Based on national occupational standards, this preparation for work qualification is for those pursuing employment in the hairdressing industry.


Why take this course?

This course is suitable for those who have achieved the VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing, or those who have been working in the industry and are looking to gain a formal qualification.

The topics and practical skills covered will build on what students learned on the Level 2 course, and ensure each student is effectively prepared for working in the industry.

What you will experience

You will enhance your skills in consultation, styling, dressing, cutting, colouring and lightening, as well as in the promotion/selling of product and services, and in health and safety. There is also a focus on specialist areas such as bridal hairstyling, colour correction and advanced perming, including an emphasis on creative hairdressing design skills.

The course is taught in a realistic working environment, providing excellent salon experience for progression to employment. The course also includes Work Experience at INT 2.

Hairdressing student styling hair

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have achieved the VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing or an equivalent award, and have a minimum of three National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications, or appropriate life/work experience.

Good communication skills, a willingness to learn new practical skills and working with the general public are essential qualities for this course. Essential skills will be developed throughout the programme.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase the designated kit, textbook, learning resource and uniform.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College


Employment opportunities include:

  • Barber
  • Hairdresser
  • Junior Stylist
  • Ladies Hairdresser
  • Men’s Hairdresser

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.