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30 Week Diploma

31 Aug 2021 28 Mar 2022 6 Jun 2022 15 Aug 2022 24 Oct 2022
16,500.00 Inc VAT


Are you passionate about becoming a hair professional? 
Do you believe that qualifications are key to your long term success?

There is no finer beginning for anyone wanting to make their first mark on the world of hair than the 30 week Sassoon Diploma course. Recognised worldwide as the ultimate in modern hair education, every one of the key cutting and colouring techniques that underpin the Sassoon philosophy will be passed on to you, the newest generation of qualified hair professionals. 

The course is divided into six in-depth stages covering all of the subjects needed to provide you with a fast track to hairdressing success. The nature and content of each stage develops as you progress through the course. However, some things remain constant; personal guidance and mentoring from a Sassoon instructor throughout all work sessions; theory and practical assignments to assess your progress at regular intervals; a personal appraisal at the end of each stage to ensure you are achieving the learning goals required by Sassoon.

Note: Students must be at least 18 years of age to apply for this course.

For your NVQ qualification you will be formally assessed throughout your course and your knowledge will be tested throughout by on-line testing.   

This NVQ qualification can be very difficult for some students; a lot of practical, theory and written exams need to be completed to gain this qualification. If you are not successful for the full qualification, you will be given a certificate of accreditation towards NVQ Level 3 for the units you have attained.


COURSE DATES Dates shown with an asterisk * denote a public holiday
31 Aug 2021 28 Mar 2022 6 Jun 2022 15 Aug 2022 24 Oct 2022
30 Weeks
On successful completion, you will be awarded the highly sought after Sassoon Graded Diploma.

Equipment Issued

You will be issued with your own personal equipment which you can take with you at the end of the course. See below:

  •  Scissors 
  •  Clippers
  •  Combs 
  •  Brushes 
  •  Kit Bag
  •  Neck Brush
  •  Section Clips
  •  Water Spray
  •  You will have full access to Streaming the abc classic training videos during the duration of your course PLUS you will have full access to the abc classic training eBooks in cut, colour and men indefinitely.

Note: Whilst every effort is made to ensure that all products are available, we apologise if any item is occasionally out of stock or differs to what is featured.

Stage One

(Weeks 1- 5)
This stage will introduce you to the fundamental techniques that underpin all the subsequent stages that follow:
  • Sassoon history & philosophy
  • shampooing, blow drying and finishing with products
  • styling and setting techniques
  • head shape and bone structure assessment
  • client consultation technique
  • excellent client care
  • technical theory
  • personal appraisal

Note that after a period of understanding the dynamics of hair, that the basic precision cutting skills are quickly introduced:

  • abc lines       
  • abc layers
  • abc graduation

Stage Two

(Weeks 6-10)
This stage continues the learning process and introduces new cutting and colouring disciplines:
  • work sessions on all abc ladies techniques
  • recap on blow drying / consultation lecture
  • continuation of technical theory
  • colour formulas
  • colour charts
  • continuation of styling and setting techniques
  • personal appraisal
  • expanding your product knowledge

Stage Three

(Weeks 11-15)
This stage gives you access to the unique world of men’s haircutting and a continuation of women’s cutting and colouring techniques.
  • abc cutting hair the Sassoon way | men
  • scissor-over-comb techniques
  • graduated men’s shapes
  • clippers and finishing techniques
  • further colour formulas
  • colour charts
  • introduction to abc colouring hair the Sassoon way
  • personal appraisal

Stage Four

(Weeks 16-20)
This exciting stage will cover the complete theory and application of abc colouring hair the Sassoon way.
  • abc colouring hair the Sassoon way
  • a Total colour techniques
  • b Partial colour techniques
  • c Combination colour techniques
  • Contemporary colouring techniques
  • Classic perm techniques
  • Personal appraisal

Stage Five

(Weeks 21-25)
This stage of 5 weeks draws together many of the skills previously learned to give you more confidence and a more complete understanding of the total role of a hair professional.
  • a recap of all cutting techniques - women and men
  • advanced colour and colour correction techniques
  • cutting and colouring combination
  • customer care
  • professional salon etiquette
  • colouring and technical exam
  • mock cutting practical exam
  • personal appraisal

Stage Six

(Weeks 26-30)
The final and possibly the most challenging stage of the 30 week beginners Diploma course is designed to give you the time to perfect the skills and utilise the knowledge you have gathered to prepare you for working in a salon environment.

The course finishes with a cutting exam and the Graduate Final Show and Diploma Ceremony that the Senior Sassoon Team and your chosen guests will attend. This prestigious event requires you to work with your classmates to produce all aspects of the finale, coaching and guidance is given in theme identification, model calls, clothes styling, make-up, music and lighting.  You will also study the following elements:

  • Combination of classic salon work for women and men
  • Working on your own and using your initiative
  • Working within a time frame
  • Disconnection Lecture, an introduction to Salon Creative Work
  • Introduction to advanced layering and graduation
  • Introduction to advanced finishing techniques
  • Employment interview techniques
  • Final appraisal


Sassoon training is globally recognised as the ultimate in hairdressing education, providing you with a passport to a successful career in the international world of hair.

For over 60 years, the reputation of Sassoon Academy has been built on developing and providing world-class education at our hair academies and education centres around the globe. Through an unparalleled system of training that has become definitive, our instructors deliver our hairdressing courses with passion and professionalism, inspiring generations of Hair Professionals of all levels of experience.

We offer a comprehensive portfolio of hairdressing courses designed to meet a variety of learning requirements in both cut and colour all completed with the coveted Sassoon Academy Certificate. From our world-renowned Beginners course, the start point of thousands of successful graduates to our acclaimed weekly Classic and Creative courses and the ultimate Seasonal Masters course, alumni of Sassoon Academy are building successful careers in all areas of the global hairdressing industry.

Training at a Sassoon hair academy will ensure that not only will you gain real commercial skills from our hairdressing courses; you will become part of the extended Sassoon Family and take away with you a piece of the culture that created Sassoon.


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