Course Code
25101 18
Course Title
Level 1
1 year
Entry Requirements
2 GCSEs grades A- G
Start Date
Days and Times

Course Description

The purpose of this qualification is to develop your skills in hairdressing and it will provide you with the foundation for further learning.

Entrance requirements

2 GCSE required A- G.

Who is the course suitable for?

A sound beginning to the basics of hairdressing to enable you to continue to the intermediate and advanced levels.

It will also enable you to perform your own services and to assist others in the salon.

Course content

This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the next level of education or Apprenticeship. You will need to be prepared to attend college 3 days per week and attend work experience.

Examples of units you will study are:

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Follow health and safety in the salon
  • Working with others in the hair and beauty sector
  • Create a hair and beauty image
  • Colour hair using temporary colour
  • Salon reception duties
  • Create and maintain retail displays in the salon
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Styling women’s hair
  • Promoting products
  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Work experience

You will study approximately 13 units this year and will have the opportunity to upgrade Maths, English GCSE or functional skills English and Maths.

Development of Maths and English

Students who have not yet achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths will have to continue taking these subjects as per government requirements.

At Central Bedfordshire College Students who have a D in GCSE Maths and English will be required to retake these GCSE subjects in order to obtain at least a C grade at GCSE. Students below a D grade will study on functional skills programme for Maths and English to achieve higher grades.

Employability Skills Development

All students will be required to attend work experience in an external environment once a week and attend SOME Saturday sessions in college for work based learning sessions, employability skills will be embedded in your lessons when working in a realistic working environment.

How will the course be taught?

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced professionals who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level.

Practical salon sessions, lectures, discussions, independent research and examinations.

How will I know how well I am doing?

Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress throughout their time at college. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback on assessment and coursework, manage your workload and meet college expectations.

Are there any additional costs?

Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement.

A Kit is recommended in order to practise your skills at home and a uniform is required.

  • Trips
  • Workshops
  • Stationery required:
    • 2 Arch lever folders
    • 13 page dividers
    • USB Stick
    • Plastic wallets

What course can I do next?

You can progress onto Higher Education courses applying to study further into fields such as:

  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Media Make-up
  • Level 2 Beauty
  • Level 2 Barbering
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship

Course Fees

If you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August of the year you begin your course or if you are actively seeking employment and can provide evidence that you’re in receipt of a state benefit e.g. job seekers, housing benefit – this course may be free!

Where can I get further support / advice?

Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website:

How do I join the course?

Fill in an application form online and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.

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