Hairdressing Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB109
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Study mode: Full Time

This programme will give the learner an introduction to the skills required to be successful in the hairdressing industry.

You will benefit from working in our commercial Hair & Beauty Salon, Academy, located on campus.  Working alongside both level 2 and 3 learners, mirroring a real high street salon environment.  In which you will work with the industry leading brands of Wella, Kerastraight, Olaplex and be guided by our tutors who have a wealth of industry experience, skills and knowledge.

You will be introduced to a wide range of skills that you will acquire over the year, in particular, shampooing and conditioning hair, blow drying, plaiting and twisting hair.  In addition you will start your preparation by also understanding a salon setting, in terms of how you present a professional image, prepare and maintain work stations and reception duties.

In addition you will take part in enrichment trips in particular attending HJ Live North Show in Manchester, where you will view new techiques and gain tips from the best hairdressers in the industry by watching their seminars and shows.  Plus you can get up to speed with all the lastest hairdressing and styling products.


What will I study?

This course includes the following:-


  • Health and Safety
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair
  • Blow drying
  • Reception duties
  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Creating effective working relationships
  • Preparing and maintaining salon work areas
  • Plus presenting a professional image.


16-18 year old students qualify for free kit and uniforms. Students aged 19 and over may qualify for subsidised uniforms based on individual needs.

Entry Requirements

You will be required to attend an interview and provide evidence of good attendance, punctuality and a commitment to achieve, this may take the form of a reference.

Full attendance is required at all times.


How will I be assessed?

Practical assessments on models in a realistic working environment. Theory assessment may be either required to be online or paper based, or assignment based.

What can I do next?

If successful in your studies you will decide, through guidance with your tutor, as to which Level 2 Diploma course to follow to enhance your career prospects.

If you are successful in completing your full study programme, have a positive reference, good attendance and punctuality records and have demonstrated a willingness to learn.  Through guidance from your tutor you will be recommended as to which Level 2 course is the best one for you.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options


If you enjoy hairstyling and like meeting different people, this could be the perfect job for you. Hairdressers cut, colour and shape clients' hair to create the look they want.

You can train as a hairdresser either full-time or part-time at a college. You could also work as a trainee, where you would learn on the job and go to college on day release.

To become a hairdresser, you will need to have customer service and 'people' skills. You’ll need creativity and an awareness of fashion. You’ll also need a willingness to learn new techniques and methods.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


Based in the Elizabeth Building within our £65 million campus, our salons are equipped to the highest industry standards. We have our very own commercial Spa Academy Hair and Beauty studios, including a spa, five hairdressing salons, a specialist barbering salon, a nail room, four beauty therapy studios and a media make up studio.

Enrichment & Employability

Every year, our hair & beauty students compete in Regional and National competitions such as the annual Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, The National Hair Federation Competition and Skills Olympics.

We also take our students to regular external events such as trade exhibitions, fairs and seminars, and trips to Wella, Illamasqua and Dennis Williams, to enhance their knowledge and learning experience.

To help our students learn about working in the industry, we host an annual industrial week where a number of employers and manufacturers such as Dermalogica, Jane Iredale and NSI come in to college to teach extra-curricular skills and provide advice on how to gain employment or progress to the next stage of your career. Many of these employers also offer work placements and voluntary opportunities, to help our students become ready for the workplace.

In additional to this, students also have the opportunity to take part in community events at schools, community centres and charity events which builds confidence, skills and enhances your CV.

Many of our students have gone on to own their own salons and you can even progress onto higher education following your studies.