City & Guilds Level 1, 2 & 3 NVQ Diplomas in Hairdressing and Barbering

The programme is designed to develop and practise the skills needed for a future career in either the hairdressing or beauty therapy industries.

The course content will enable you to gain a general understanding of the range of
treatments and services available within both industries.

To gain the skills you need to work in a hairdressing salon or barber shop our qualifications cover a wide range of skills from shampooing, cutting, perming and styling to advanced colour correction.

A Hairdressing NVQ is for anyone who is serious about a hairdressing or barbering career. There are options to suit individual needs and aspirations – and if you are already working in hairdressing, you could develop your skills to become a senior stylist.

  • Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

Level 2 & 3 qualifications can be done as an NVQ or as an Apprenticeship in The Sutton District Training purpose built Salon or in an outside salon.

NVQs are assessed at work or in a realistic working environment. For each unit, an assessor observes you carrying out different services and checks your understanding. This information will be recorded in your logbook, which then provides formal evidence of your learning.

For these qualifications, you will practise hairdressing, learn the knowledge required and organise your own study. You will record your achievements in a logbook packed with hints and tips from industry experts.

Course Duration

1 year.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements. We have an open door policy and you will be invited to undertake an initial assessment to help you choose what course best suits your requirements.

Next Steps

You could progress to a Level 3 Diploma or an apprenticeship.


Student Testimonial

I always liked doing peoples hair so I thought the hairdressing course was best for me so I started at Sutton and District doing level 2 NVQ hairdressing.

My first year was hard I lacked confidence, but everyone was helpful. I passed and decided to come back to do Level 3 Hairdressing.

After I started back at college, I had a family loss, my mum passed away. I couldn’t face going to college but slowly came back so I could finish my year.

I had contact and support from the pastoral officer Kim, who arranged for me to get some counselling and she gave me loads of support to help me. My tutor also always kept in touch and I was able to make up some missing hours by coming in on an extra day when there were less students. We worked together one-one and I passed my level 3 hairdressing. I also achieved level 2 English and Maths.

This is my 3rd year at Sutton & District and I am now learning NVQ 3 Barbering. I have grown in confidence and recently achieved 1st prize in our Hairdressing competition and was voted most caring student by all the other hairdressers & barbers. I still have contact with Kim and my tutors and can talk to them whenever I want.