Introduction to Hairdressing

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This is a part time course designed to introduce you to the hair and beauty sector, providing learners the opportunity to develop basic techniques in shampooing, conditioning and styling women’s hair.

To achieve the standards required you must maintain consistent attendance throughout the course.

You do not need any previous experience or qualifications to study this course.

On this course you will study:

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Styling women’s hair

You will learn about career opportunities within the hair and beauty sector and the main hairdressing and beauty treatments.

How to shampoo, condition and style women’s hair in a variety of ways, including blow drying, finger drying, setting and hair up styles.

You will need to show that you understand the principles of hygiene and safety when performing any practical hairdressing skills.


This course will consist of theory input and practical skills performed in a realistic working salon. You will have the opportunity to work on each other or blocks in preparation to your assessments. Your assessments will be recorded in your portfolio on fee paying clients.


You will be assessed by an assessor observing your practical skills and by questioning your knowledge and understanding. You will produce a portfolio of work which will be completed throughout the course. This will contain client assessments sheets from your practical sessions, photographic evidence, a candidate assessment book and a log of services completed as proof of competence.

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My experience at South Downs has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

South Downs is a really good College, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at South Downs College.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student


You may progress to a Level 2 Certificate in Cutting Hair and or a Level 2 Certificate in Barbering

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