Barbershops, hair and beauty salons and nail bars are in the top 10 most popular business start-ups. The industry offers vast opportunities for self-employment, progression, international travel and flexible working. A flair for business is just as important as creativity, as are people skills such as confidence, communication and empathy. You can use your skills and imagination to improve someone’s life, whether it’s by making them feel good about themselves, solving a problem, or simply by being someone to talk to.

Course Information

  • Levels available 1 / 2
  • Start Date 02/09/2019
  • Course Ref HAIR
  • Location Bletchley Campus
  • Fees N/A

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What will I do?

The best way for you to learn how to style hair, deliver treatments and communicate with customers is to do just that, which is why from day one you’ll be learning in our commercial Graduate Salon. You will experience all areas of salon life, from greeting customers, to giving consultations, to showing off the finished product. Keeping up to date with all the latest trends, you will gain practical and theoretical knowledge in offering the best possible treatment and service. You will be taught by highly experienced staff and learn from visiting speakers from the industry.

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What's next?

Our live learning environments are focused on getting you ready for work as soon as possible. You could use the contacts you’ve gained to start work straight away in a nearby salon, hotel or local business. You could also start your own beauty or hairstyle business. You could continue your studies through an apprenticeship and gain further qualifications and experience while earning a wage. There are plenty of courses that will complement your skill set, including gel nails, spray tan, Indian head massage, and lots more.

Is it for me?

Do you enjoy making people feel better about themselves? A simple re-style or makeover can boost confidence in so many different ways. You must be friendly, understanding and patient with customers and your colleagues. Building a client base is very important, so you must be able to make people feel at ease with you and build their trust. A diverse skill set will enable you to go further in your career, so you must be willing to try new things. It’s important to keep up with current trends, for example how social media now has a huge influence on the hair and beauty industry.

With a level 1 Hairdressing qualification you can get a job as a salon assistant or progress on to study Level 2 in hairdressing, Level 2 in barbering or an Apprenticeship. This course will offer you an opportunity to develop your skills before deciding on your progression route. The course will cover basic hairdressing skills, methods of learning are practical and theory. You will also study functional skills in Maths and English, and skills development in the Graduate salon. A uniform and kit will be required, details of which will be provided upon enrolment.

Units include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Reception duties
  • Shampooing
  • Styling Women’s Hair
  • The Art of Dressing Hair
  • Create a Hair and Beauty Image
  • Temporary Colour
  • Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Industry
  • Styling Men’s Hair
  • Plaiting and Braiding
  • Entry requirements
    You require GCSE grades at E/2 or above in English and Maths.

    This course is for anyone who wants to develop their career as a hairdresser. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a level 1 qualification in hairdressing and a successful interview with a minimum of a level 3 in English or Maths and a level 4 in the alternative. On completion of this course you will be able to find employment in a salon, work for your self or progress into other areas of the industry. You also have the option to progress on to study level 3 in ladies hairdressing. On the program you will study the practical and theoretical part of hairdressing alongside Person Enhancement or Maths or English GCSE and skills development in the Graduate salon. You will also have the opportunity to be placed in a local salon for work experience and go on industry trips and exhibitions. Entry requirements are Maths and English GCSE at a grade 4 or above. A uniform and a kit will be required. Units include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Reception
  • Consultation for hair services
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • The Art of Dressing Hair
  • Create a Hair and Beauty Image
  • Colouring and lighten hair
  • Cutting Women’s hair
  • Working in the Hair Industry
  • Promote products and services to clients in a salon
  • Plaiting and braiding
  • Entry requirements
    You require 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 or above including English and Maths.


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