NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Course in Bolton

Got experience in the hair industry or already hold an NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing? Upgrade your skills on our fast-track NVQ Level 3 course at RJL Education. Led by experts with years of experience in the field, you’ll be fully equipped to work as a senior stylist or freelance hairdresser. 

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  • Course overview

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    Our fast-track NVQ Level 3 hairdressing diploma prepares you for the realities of being a senior stylist, in a third of the time. Our course is designed for learners who are looking to expand on their current hairdressing knowledge by introducing them to a variety of new technical skills, as well as how to market them.

    Throughout this Level 3 course, your professional tutors will regularly assess your progress on the course, providing a personal appraisal at the end of every stage or module. This is to make sure you are progressing on the course and achieving the learning goals required by the centre.

    Due to the fast-track nature of the course, you must complete it in its entirety with no breaks or holidays other than over the Christmas period when the Bolton-based centre closes. This is to ensure you achieve your potential as soon as possible.

    Important information

    • Must have completed an NVQ Level 2 hairdressing course
    • Fast-track 20-week course
    • No kit but can be provided for an additional cost
    • Lifetime access to our learning portal
    • Must be over the age of 16
    • Compulsory 100% attendance
    • Book both NVQ hair courses at checkout and pay £6,798 (saving £500)
    • Hotel accommodation available (low rates)
    • RJL Education can provide a payment plan spreading the cost interest free over 5 monthly payments.
    • Alternative finance options are available.


    • The price of our NVQ Level 3 hairdressing course is £3,299
    • A deposit of £499 is required for one course. Book Levels 2 and 3 combined and make a saving of £500
    • 0% Finance options available with RJL Education – Speak to an adviser for more information


    • Monday & Tuesday 9am – 5pm (2 days per week)
    • Speak to an adviser if you require to complete this qualification over more or less days.

    Our modules

    Our NVQ hairdressing Level 3 course builds upon your knowledge from Level 2. Our modules include:

    • Creatively style and dress hair
    • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
    • Creatively colour and lighten hair
    • Provide client consultation services
    • Hair colour correction services
    • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business

    Plus, we have unique extras that’ll set you apart from the competition when it comes to applying for a job as a senior hairdresser:

    • One practical days training off site at the Wella Academy*
    • Social media marketing (Instagram, tiktok, facebook)
    • Photography & Video editing
    • Hair extension techniques
    • Speedy balayage techniques
    • Baby light, face framing
    • Hair extension techniques
    • Creative toning, blondes, fashion colours

    *For more information about the Wella Academy and the extra discounted learning available to you once you have enrolled with us, click here.

    Our kit

    A kit is not provided for this course but if you need one please let us know and we can provide one at an additional charge. We can tailor a kit to suit your needs.

    What’s next?

    Once you have completed your course, you will gain a full NVQ Level 3 in hairdressing. With this qualification, you can go fully freelance, or work at a salon as a senior stylist to increase your earning potential. Want to supplement your skills? Try our Extensions course, which teaches you 7 methods of applying hair extensions. Should you wish to further your education, you could apply for our Level 4 VTCT course or a certificate in Higher Education.

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    Month 1

    You will learn about handling in-depth consultations, asking questions and sharing knowledge with your clients to get them the best result. You will develop understanding about why certain hairstyles may or may not suit a client, taking face shapes, hair growth patterns, eye and skin colours into consideration. You will also learn a variety of colouring and lightening techniques, from foiling techniques to using quasi, demi, and semi-permanent colours while toning hair, and much more. In the NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Fast Track course, you will practise styling and dressing hair to salon timescales, as well as recapping NVQ level 2 hair cutting techniques.

    When it comes to your theory, you will gain an understanding of the relevant policies and procedures when carrying out consultations, as well as learning about health and safety policies, the science of colouring, and understanding the tools, equipment, products, and techniques used for colouring and lightening services.

    Selecting hair dye

    Month 2

    Next, you will learn more complex styling techniques like pin curls, plaits, and finger waves, and practise creating occasion looks on your client’s hair. You will learn a combination of cutting techniques using scissors, razors, clippers and more on both doll heads and clients. You will gain skills in using block colouring, slicing, weaving, and back combing. When it comes to theory, you will learn concepts such as understanding the factors that influence creative hair styling, including, equipment, and products used to style, cut, and dress hair.

    Demonstrating hair techniques

    Month 3

    In month 3 you will learn men’s haircuts and styling techniques, using Wella products alongside clippers, scissors, and tapes. You will learn how to undercut, asymmetric cut, and texturise medium and short hair. We will also introduce you to the quickest colouring techniques, such as balayage, root fade, ombré, and baby lights, as well as the best ways to maximise your turnover. You will also join us on an organised trip to the Wella Academy. Your theory lessons will involve business management advice, such as identifying profits against stock, discovering the best ways to promote your business, understanding a variety of different booking systems, and comparing the benefits of employed and self-employed work.

    Month 4

    You will recap on all the techniques learned so far, as well as focusing on perfecting skills on clients. When it comes to colour correction, you will also identify incorrect colours and how to rectify and neutralise tones. You will gain knowledge of performing chemical and non-chemical straightening services. Your theory modules will consist of understanding undertones when lightening the hair, colour choices, unwanted tones, different number systems and more.

    Month 5

    In your final month you will implement all the practical skills you have learnt whilst also aiming to work to salon timings and guidelines. You will be in a realistic working environment, completing assessments and working on advanced techniques.

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    A solid career

    Your future turnover

    We estimate that your potential turnover as a full time working level 3 are…

    ** Some regions will charge more or less, this is RJL’s guide to pricing


    • 1
      • Day 130
      • Week 650
      • Month 2600
      • Year 31,200
    • 3
      • Day 390
      • Week 1800
      • Month 7200
      • Year 86,400
    • 5
      • Day 650
      • Week 3250
      • Month 13,000
      • Year 156,00

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    How much does training at RJL Education centre cost?

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    How long do your courses take?

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    How big are your classes?

    We only have small groups to ensure that every learner gets the hands-on personal tuition that they deserve. This means that we have limited availability, so make sure to enrol as soon as possible.

    What is the best course for me?

    Our courses are ideal for a range of experience levels, so be sure to check out our courses page to determine which ones you would be eligible to apply for. Whatever the ultimate goal is for your career in beauty or hair, we can offer you the attentive and supportive training to help you on your journey. As long as you are above the age of 16, you can begin your training with us.

    Can I study at RJL education if I don’t live in the area?

    Yes! Our education centre features luxury accommodation for our learners. Click here to take a look at our available accommodation and their costs.

    Can I apply for finance on your courses?

    Yes you can apply for a range of finance options with us. Check out our finance page here.

    Is there any funding available to me?

    Yes, there are a range of funding options available for our learners. To find out more about the potential funding you can get to support you through your learning journey, click here.

    I don’t have any experience, can I still apply?

    Yes. Our Level 2 courses are designed for those who are just beginning their career. With us, you can learn critical foundational skills that will help you to progress later down the line. To find out more about our level 2 NVQ courses, click here. Our microblading course, our fundamental machine brows course, and lip blush course also require no previous experience. Find out more about these semi-permanent makeup courses here.

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    We have luxury accommodation situated right above the education centre in Bolton. This means that you can study in comfort instead of having to do punishing commutes every day if you don’t live in the area. You can find out more about our accommodation here.


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    NVQ LEVEL 3 Hairdressing

    Qualification Level:
    • Level 3
    • No kit, but can be provided at additional cost
    Course Length:
    • 5 Months (20 weeks)
    • 100% attendance compulsory
    Vtct Registration Fee:
    • £111
    Multi Buy Saving:
    • Save £500 when you book both Level 2 & 3 courses at checkout - requires a £999 deposit

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