Shame you missed out ;( I would still put your name on the waiting list as quite a few students always drop out in the first month.
Some salons do their own training so you could maybe go down that route or you could try and get a modern apprenticeship if you are under 25 and do it that way (4 days in a salon, one at college). I feel (personally) that you recieve better traing in a salon than at college . Just pop in to hair salons and sak, you never know
I would most definately do level 3. It is not just creative cutting and will soon become a requirement to finish your qualification.
I would not employ anyone without a level 3 or at least working towards one. IMO level 1&2 full time at college is a joke and does not prepare stylists at all for working on clients in a salon enviroment.