Advanced and creative hair professional

This newly launched apprenticeship is ideal for experienced hairdressers looking to stay ahead of the curve, promote themselves through social media, know the latest innovations, push their skills to the next level and to maintain a quality service.

A woman colouring a client's hair
Course overview

At a glance




14 months



About the course

Interactive 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
  • Classic bridal with Lucy Grace Healey
  • How to market yourself with Lucy Grace Healey.

Is this course right 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 desire to progress their existing skills. They generally have a creative flair, are highly skilled and enjoy fashion-forward trends.

When the opportunity to complete my Level 3 qualification came up, I jumped at the chance.

Jill Bastable, The Little Hair Studio

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We have found Realise to be the most professional company that we have ever dealt with for our apprenticeship needs.

Joth Davies, Savills Barbers

Emma Peel from Nottinghamshire was awarded a Level 2 Barbering Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a great way of learning and soon you will be putting yourself out there more than you ever have before!

Emma Peel, Richo’s Hair & Beauty Boutique

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. You 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

Our experts

The people that make it happen


Training & development officer


Training & development officer

I have worked at Realise for 16 years and still counting! I am a trainer and I see different learners and employers every day, no two days are the same. I have taught so many learners to gain new skills and progress to owning their own salons and barbers. I really enjoy my work, still having hands on with the practical training and growing relationships with many talented hairdressers and barbers.


Internal quality assessor


Internal quality assessor

I have been in the hair and barbering industry for over 21 years. I have always had a real passion for teaching with quality at the heart of what I do. It’s the best feeling seeing the end result for a learner, after working with them throughout their journey.
I am currently the lead trainer for our new advanced and creative hairdressing level 3, it’s an amazing qualification and I’m proud to be delivering it and to have played a part in developing it!


Performance manager


Performance manager

I have worked at Realise for 6 years as a trainer within the hair and barbering sector. I have recenly also taken on the roles of social values champion and safeguarding and wellbeing deputy. I love what I do and have a great passion for hairdressing and also supporting other people. My passion is being able to deliver apprenticeships to learners and seeing them develop from having no knowledge or skills to then thriving in the industry as confident and fully qualified hairdressers and barbers.


Training & development officer


Training & development officer

I am a highly motivated and conscientious individual with vast experience as a hairdresser and trainer. I also have many years of experience in customer service and the training of others within a school and college environment and as a manager at professional ownership level. I love my work as a trainer and take great pleasure in watching learners grow in confidence as they learn new skills, knowledge and behaviors that will give them the chance to succeed in their chosen career.

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Frequently asked questions

What does level 3 hairdressing do?

Level 3 hairdressing is aimed at hairdressers who already work in the industry and want to advance their skills to the next level. Through our network of industry specialists, you’ll advance your knowledge of creative colouring, cutting, avant-garde and bridal hair, advanced cutting and how to market yourself online.

How long is a level 3 hairdressing apprenticeship?

The advanced and creative hairdressing professional standard takes a total of 14 months to complete.

Do you need level 3 hairdressing?

This qualification is recommended for those looking to continue their professional development and advance in their skills, knowledge or career.

What is a level 3 qualification in hairdressing?
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.
Is getting an apprenticeship hard?

Getting an apprenticeship could not be easier. Our team of experts will work with you to ensure your apprenticeship journey is as smooth as possible.

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