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Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing

Based in our commercial salon, The Lounge, this course provides a strong foundation for developing a broad range of hairdressing skills and knowledge as well as your own creativity as a hairdresser.

You will learn everything from the art of dressing and styling hair to how to colour hair effectively.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete. There is also the option for learners aged 19+ to join this course in January.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon
  • The art of dressing hair
  • 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
  • Styling men's hair
  • Hair plaiting

For students aged 16-18, work experience within a commercial salon and tutorials will also form part of this course.

How is it assessed?

You will be continuously assessed over the period of the course and are required to complete your assessments on a commercial client (paying customer).

At the start of your course, you will practice the skills on friends and family members, following this, you will be required to bring clients in for your assessments. Throughout this course, you will build a portfolio of evidence which will be submitted for verification.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You do not need any formal qualifications, just passion and a commitment to your studies.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. As part of your study programme, you will work towards achieving your qualifications in English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

However, if you are 19+, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This qualification will prepare you to progress onto the next level of study at St Helens College. You will be able to choose from several hairdressing or barbering courses.

Alternatively, you may wish to secure employment, a traineeship or an apprenticeship in the industry.

Additional Information

As part of this programme you are required to wear a uniform (tunic), which will be worn with black trousers or a skirt and a full black shoe. There is also a kit required to complete your assessments which can be purchased from a recommended supplier. You may be eligible for a bursary to cover these costs.

Ref: Lisa Standish