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Course overview


The advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hairdressing Framework enables students to learn the full skillset resulting in a hairdresser who’s ready to work on the salon floor.


As an entry requirement, you need to have completed your Level 2 Apprenticeship in hairdressing or hold 10 year’s salon experience.


Functional Skills maths and English are required as part of an apprenticeship if the relevant GCSE’s were not achieved, which gives a great chance to upskill if you did not achieve these at school.


You will need to achieve Functional Skills Level 2 unless you have achieved grades 4-9/A-C GCSE. An initial and diagnostic assessment will gage your current level and help us know where to pitch your lessons.



I graduate next month and FEEL REALLY PREPARED, a little nervous, but excited too to start doing clients and becoming a PROFESSIONAL HAIRDRESSER.

– Evelina, Level 3

Course structure


The course is broken into 4 units:


  • Creatively style and dress hair 

  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques

  • Creatively colour and lighten hair

  • Provide client consultation services of look


The following units have also been pre-selected to maximise your employability as a hairdresser, though these can be amended if you and your employer wish to change:

  • Hair colour correction services

  • Promotional activity


Value added 


Whilst studying at Gina Conway Academy, you will also learn:


  • Gina Conway 5-star service

  • Aveda rituals 


Assessment: You will build up a portfolio of assessments that consist of both practical and theory exams to achieve your qualification.


Kit: You will already have your hairdressing kit from NVQ Level 2 to use (Gina Conway Hairdressing Kit List). We recommend as you progress through your course that you add some additional tools, which are personal to your needs.

Wages: As an apprentice, you earn as you learn and you will be paid for your training time. You’ll be released from work one day a week to attend your course.


An apprentice’s wage will vary depending on your employer, though this rate cannot go below the apprenticeship minimum wage. A full breakdown of this can be found at

The following wages apply as of April 2019:

Students 25 and over: £8.21

21 to 24 years old: £7.70     

18 to 20: £6.15                   

Under 18: £4.35                  

Apprentice: £3.90     

Start Dates



Apprenticeships Funding and Terms and Conditions here.


So, are you ready for the challenge?

Write us a message below (or email us to and we will get in touch with you shortly!



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