This course is perfect for a career in the hair and beauty industry as it provides you with the essential introductory knowledge and skills required for a career in beauty and/ or hairdressing. You will have the chance to get to know the industry and different roles available and develop practical skills needed for you to progress onto Level 2 in your chosen pathway of hair or beauty. The course is taught in our state-of-the-art Opus Salon, with specialist equipment and reception area, enabling learners to gain invaluable hands-on experience with real clients. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a range of extra-curricular activities and community projects, including Totton Carnival.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are necessary. A good standard of English, an interest in beauty and/or hairdressing and the ability to follow instructions and safety guidelines are essential.

What will I learn?

This introduction to the hair and beauty sector includes a broad range of services and treatments, reception duties and health and safety. Beauty therapy treatments include skin care, make-up and manicure, while shampooing and conditioning, hairstyling, plaiting and twisting and temporary colouring are covered in hairdressing. You will also be taught about the anatomy and physiology of the hair and skin as well as the science behind each technical service.

Work Experience

You’ll be expected to do two block of one week’s work experience, and can request extra days.


You’ll cover a range of units in order to develop an understanding of the hair and beauty sector, including comparisons between different types business and the clients they attract, understanding the importance of personal presentation in a salon environment and working as part of a team.


A combination of portfolio evidence, practical tasks, knowledge and understanding tasks or an online test. Industry work experience hours will also be required outside of your teaching timetable.

Enrichment Opportunities

There are plenty of enrichments available, including Beauty Club, hair activities and the chance to be involved with Totton Carnival.

Career and Progression

You can continue to develop your skills and choose your direction by progressing into Level 2 Beauty or Level 2 Hairdressing if you are recommended by your teachers. You will continue to study English and maths if you haven’t yet achieved grade 4. Learners can also progress towards a professional qualification while working in a salon.

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