Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

14-16, 16-18, 19+

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Our Beauty course provides you with the essential introductory knowledge and skills required for a career in industry. This may be as a therapist, product sales representative or retail.

You will have the chance to get to know the industry and different roles available, enabling you to research all the possible career pathways, as well as develop practical skills needed for you to progress. The course is taught in a state-of-the-art industry salon, with specialist equipment and reception area – enabling you to gain invaluable real-world experience.

The course covers both the treatments and customer service skills to support your professional development. Once you have mastered the foundation skills for treatments, you will be able to progress to level 2 where you will demonstrate your expertise on real, paying clients.


Course objectives

  • Develop practical skills and levels of understanding that will be expected of you as a Beauty Therapist
  • Improve your communication and IT skills, develop the attributes needed to work as part of a team
  • Have working knowledge of a real salon


Course details

Course duration


1 year

Delivered on:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

16 hours per week


Level 1 Diploma

Entry requirements

GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above. A good level of English, the manual dexterity to perform the service and a genuine interest in the subject.

Ideal for those who have worked in, or, looking to start their career in the beauty sector.

Teaching team

Gayle Jordan (Course Leader)
April Woodnutt



Modules may include:

Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector
Understand the fundamentals involved with the hair and beauty sector.

Presenting a Professional Image in the Salon
Understand the principals involved and behaviours acceptable for those working in salons and spas.

Health and Safety
Taught the essential principles of health and safety in the workplace.

Working with Others
Learn and understand how to work and be part of a performing team.

Skin Care
Understand the techniques and treatments used to improve and maintain skin care on clients

Make-Up Application
Understand the fundamental techniques and applications used for a broad range of events and looks

Basic Manicure
Gain the essential skills to perform basic manicures for clients

Basic Pedicure
Gain the essential skills to perform basic pedicures for clients

Salon Reception Duties
Learn essential customer service techniques as well as all front-house operations at a salon or spa

Nail Art Application
Learn how to apply various nail art techniques as part of the client manicure services

Assessment and exam information

A combination of portfolio evidence, practical tasks, knowledge and understanding tasks or an online test. A number of clinic hours will also need to be completed outside of your teaching timetable.


Career and progression

Work experience

Students will be working with real clients in the Opus Salon as part of the course. There is also the opportunity for students to undertake one week’s work experience within the academic year.

Enrichment opportunities

There are a wide variety of opportunities for students to undertake enrichment opportunities, including:

  • Community projects like providing the make-up for Totton Carnival
  • Creative hair design
  • Face painting

Learner progression

Once completing the course, you can continue to develop your skills by progressing onto Level 2 Beauty Therapy if a grade 4 is achieved in English and Maths.

Your career

Students can progress towards gaining a professional qualification in Beauty to work as a beauty therapist


Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

Students will be expected to buy a kit and a uniform for the course. Students will also need to pay for their travel to their work experience estimated to be £20-£40.

Funding and bursaries

Students 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 you can email info@totton.ac.uk 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 gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan



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