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Hairdressing – Level 1 Diploma

This one year course is designed for anyone who is interested in the Hairdressing Industry;  it will cover a range of hairdressing skills to provide a range of employment possibilities in a salon and progression opportunities.

Entry Requirements

No specific entrance requirements, however, a good combination of general education and a positive record of attendance is required.

Course Content

– Follow Health and Safety in the Salon

– Introduction to Hair and Beauty Sector

– Working with others in the Hair and Beauty Sector

– Presenting a professional image in a salon

– Shampoo and conditioning

– Colour hair using temporary colour

– Styling women’s hair

– Styling men’s hair

– The art of dressing hair

– Create a hair and beauty image

– Salon Reception duties

– Plaiting and twisting

– Create and maintain retail displays in the Salon

– Provide scalp massage services

You will also be required to take an English and Maths qualification alongside your course.  This may be either Pre-GCSE, GCSE or a functional skill.

How will I be taught?

The course involves a considerable amount of practical work.  During workshop sessions there will be a demonstration of skills, which you will then practice on each other, training blocks and then progress to working on paying clients.  There are also separate theory and assignment writing classes, to develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Hairdressing. Students on this course should allow at least 5 hours per week for home study.

How will I be assessed?

Practical assessments, oral questioning, written evidence and mandatory exams.

You will be required to record in a log book all your evidence of Hairdressing skills performed.

Will I need any extra equipment?

The Hairdressing Industry does have an accepted dress code and all students will be expected to comply with these standards of dress when working in the Beauty Salon and theory lessons.  Facial piercings are not acceptable in the Salon and must be removed before entering classes.

What qualifications will I get?


What will it allow me to do in the future?

Progression would be:

– Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Services

– Apprenticeship Level 2 NVQ Hairdressing

– Hairdressing Receptionist

– Hairdressing Technician

– Hairdressing Retail Consultant

Course Information

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

If you would like further advice or guidance, please contact Customer Services and Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.

Child care is available in the South Downs College Nursery.  Places are limited so ensure that you make arrangements as soon as possible.

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