Advanced and Creative Hairdressing Level 3

A new qualification for hair professionals

The hair industry is one of the largest and most trusted industries today.

Hairdressers are expected to stay ahead of the curve, promote themselves on the right platforms, be fashion-forward, know the latest innovations, and to always provide a quality service.

The new Advanced and Creative Hairdressing Professional Standard has been created exclusively for established hair professionals looking to take their skills to the next level.

Advanced and Creative Hairdressing Professional Standard

14 Months



About the programme

Dedicated training sessions will provide the opportunity to network with leading industry experts, improve skills and showcase new techniques.


Get access to and learn from industry specialists covering the latest topics:

  • Creative colouring with Lee Quinn
  • Advanced cutting with Ben Brown
  • Bridal hair with Mairead Meechan
  • Men’s cutting with Simon Townley
  • Becoming a digital marketing influencer with Simon Townley


Is the apprenticeship for you?

This apprenticeship is ideal if you are a creative, passionate and driven hair professional who is able to work without supervision.

It is a great programme for those already established within the hair industry, who might already be a creative hairstylist, advanced senior stylist, senior hair professional or specialist technician.

Learners from a range of work environments can benefit from this programme, including (but not limited to), bespoke salons, the media industry, cruise ships, product houses and manufacturers to luxury high-end hair salons.

Our most successful apprentices have a thirst to progress their existing skills. They generally have a creative flair, are highly skilled and enjoy fashion-forward trends.

What you’ll learn

This programme goes beyond the basics and focuses on the needs of today’s skilled hair professionals. You’ll be expected to complete a range of higher-level learning topics, covering:

  • Researching and designing fashion-forward hairstyles
  • Precision cutting tailored to the individual characteristics
  • Advanced and imaginative colouring techniques
  • Analysing factors which influence the design and creation of hairstyles
  • Promoting yourself and your work through various media types and platforms

How you’ll learn

Dedicated training sessions will provide the opportunity to network with leading industry experts, improve skills and showcase new techniques.

Learners can expect:

  • Regular Zoom sessions with industry experts
  • Practical skills assessments and observations
  • To create a collection of looks
  • To take part in six mandatory units
  • Three unit tests covering consultation, creative fashion styling and creative colouring
  • Progress reviews, including a pre-gateway and final gateway review
  • End point assessment preparation and support
  • Support and advice from a dedicated and experienced trainer

You will record and track your progress through our OneFile app, helping you support and evidence your new skills. OneFile is a simple online service which can be accessed 24/7 anywhere and through any device.

Awarding body

This programme is awarded by VTCT.

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