Level 1 Diploma

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Hairdressing - Level 1 Diploma SF-HAIR1D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

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You’ll find out about different hair types and learn a range of hairdressing skills, including:

  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Plaiting and twisting
  • Styling
  • Temporary colouring
  • Scalp massaging

As well as skills in English Language and Mathematics, you’ll cover issues like teamwork, presenting a professional image, reception
duties and how to create and maintain retail displays. Throughout the programme there will be a considerable amount of practical work. During workshop sessions you’ll watch skills demonstrations before replicating what you’ve witnessed. Eventually you’ll progress to working on paying customers in our salon.

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

On this course, you will study:

  • Health and safety in the salon
  • An introduction to hair and beauty sector
  • Working with others in the hair and beauty sector
  • How to present a professional image in the salon
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • How to colour hair using temporary colour
  • Styling women’s hair
  • Styling men’s hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Creation of a hair and beauty image
  • Salon reception duties
  • Plaiting and twisting
  • Creating and maintaining retail displays in the salon
  • Providing scalp massage services

You will also be required to take an English Language and Mathematics qualification alongside your course. This may be either Pre-GCSE, GCSE or Functional Skills.

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 five hours per week for home study.

Practical assessments, oral questioning, written evidence and mandatory exams. You will be required to keep a record in a log book of all your evidence of hairdressing skills performed.

This course requires you to purchase a uniform and kit and we include trips to enhance your learning and experience of industry. All of these costs will be explained at interview and students in receipt of financial assistance will be supported with these costs.

On successful completion, students usually progress on to Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing,or look for an Apprenticeship.

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 the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student