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Suitable for 16-18
Level 1
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 36 weeks
Subject area Hair & Beauty
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • East Ham Campus

Do you have a keen interest in hairdressing, nails, make-up or beauty therapy? This is an opportunity for learners who unsure of their career pathway to start on the route to becoming a Hairdresser, Beauty Therapist, Nail technician or Make-up artist.

You will experience and carrying out hairdressing and beauty services. You will then, after a successful skills test, be able to progress onto a Level 2 Hairdressing or Beauty related programme.

Course description

You'll be taught by our highly skilled team of professional Hairdressing staff in specialist studios at East Ham campus. Practical assessments take place throughout the year on paying clients. During the course, you will produce a portfolio of evidence containing both practical and theory work.

If you wish to gain valuable insight into the Hair and Beauty industry, then this is the course for you. You will develop basic skills and relevant industry knowledge, through experiential learning of selected techniques and products.

This course is designed for individuals who wish to achieve the basic skills required for progression in the hairdressing or beauty industry from junior level. It will ensure you are on the right path in developing sufficient communication and occupational skills for progression onto a Level 2 hairdressing or beauty related programme.

At the next level you will develop skills such as blow-drying, styling, dressing long hair, doing hair treatments, facials, make-up, manicure, pedicure, waxing and teamwork. Students who wish to develop their literacy skills will also benefit, as this subject will be embedded within the vocational course.

You will be retaking your Maths and English as part of your course to enable you to progress onto Level 2 qualifications.

Curriculum units

  • Blow-drying
  • Styling
  • Colour hair using temporary colour
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Basic make-up
  • Basic Manicure & Pedicure
  • Basic Skincare

Work experience

As part of the programme, you will conduct a two-week work placement in a Business and Enterprise organisation/field of your choice. This will allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge into a practical work setting.

Enrichment Activities

A range of enrichment activities are incorporated within the programme. Examples of enrichment activities included lectures by guest speakers, sharing their knowledge and experience with you and visits to various industry leaders.

You will have an opportunity to participate in internal and external events where you will be able to showcase your skills.

I-Learning sessions

This is additional time embedded in your programme for your study to promote independent learning. This time is used to work through assignments, complete homework activities and conduct wider reading and research.

Support tutorials

Group and one to one tutorials are set up on the programme to further assist you with successfully completing the course and provide you with professional guidance and support throughout the course.

Personal Learning Plan sessions

A course tutor will be allocated to you on the programme. Your course tutor will be working with you to set realistic targets that will enable you to achieve your goals. Your targets will be monitored weekly by your tutor and yourself and actions plans and support put in place to assist you in achieving your targets.

Additional information

Entry requirements

You need to enjoy working with people, have good communication skills, along with a good level of written and spoken English.


After successfully completing this course, you can progress on to Level 2 Hairdressing, Level 2 barbering, Level 2 Beauty Therapy or Level 2 Hair & media make-up.

Fees and funding

This course is free for 16-18 learners. The course fee for adults is £993 (plus exam fee £105).

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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