Hair & Beauty

EL3 Entry Level 3
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The VTCT Entry Level Diploma in Vocational Studies - Hair and Beauty (Entry 3) is a qualification that has been designed to introduce you to a range of practical skills from across the hair and beauty industries while providing you with the opportunity to develop your own personal and social skills.

This is a full diploma and will teach you a variety of skills both technical and personal. This qualification has been designed for those who have few or no previous qualifications and will prepare you for further learning in the hair and beauty industries at level 1.

What you will study

You will cover Personal Social Education, which include units such as;

  • Developing yourself
  • Preparation for work
  • Managing social relationships
  • Managing your own money

  • Working as part of a group and healthy living

You will also study a large range of hair and beauty units which include;

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector

  • Present a professional image in a salon
  • Salon reception duties
  • Health and safety
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Plaiting and twisting hair painting
  • Basic manicure and nail art

Entry requirements

A keen interest in the Hair and Beauty industry, motivation and a willingness to learn in a professional environment.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



VTCT Entry Level Certificate in Vocational Studies - Hair and Beauty (Entry 3)


What our students say

"l enjoy my course because it’s an actual real-life salon so there is real work experience and there are plenty of great facilities here."

Freya Rees
Former Level 2 and 3 Beauty student

Career prospects & further study


The industry generates almost £7.7billion for the UK Economy. NHF (2018).

This qualification will prepare you for further study at level 1 either in both industries, or you may decide to specialise in just one; hairdressing, barbering, beauty therapy or nails.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE