QUALIFICATION: City and Guilds Diploma
Free course, excluding materials

This full-time, one-year course will provide you with a full range of essential and practical skills and knowledge which will equip you for employment or further training within the hairdressing industry. You will gain invaluable experience in Totton College’s Opus Salon where students can learn in a realistic working environment and eventually treat clients to a commercial standard.

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Course content

You will study principles of hairdressing and barbering services, including learning how to shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp including massage techniques. In addition, you will develop creative and technical skills in the art of dressing hair, as well as styling, setting and cutting.

Alongside gaining these practical skills, you will study the anatomy, physiology and science behind each technical service, and will cover units including:

  • Working in the hair and beauty industry
  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Client care and communication
  • Exploration of cultural hair diversity and how hair can be considered as an expression of individuality
  • Sales and promotion of products and services to clients

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through one practical assessment and one exam.


Entry requirements: 

Minimum GCSE grade 3 (D) in English and maths or Level 1 Hairdressing qualification. Industry experience and a genuine passion for the subject would be beneficial.

Financial commitments:

A uniform and beauty kit will be needed, which can be purchased through Totton College.

Enrichment opportunities:

Our students can access a broad range of extra-curricular activities, and get involved in community and charity events if they wish. All students are invited to take part in Opus Salon’s annual showcase as well as a photo shoot and competition.

Work experience:

All Totton College students have the benefit of undertaking at least 60 hours of relevant work experience to support their studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our careers team is available to help students secure work placements.

What can I do next?

Most students choose to progress onto the Level 2 Hair Colour Services course or a Level 3 Technical Diploma qualification. Others opt to enter an apprenticeship or employment as a hair stylist in a hairdressing salon, hotel or cruise ship.

Contact a tutor

Mary Howard

Tel: 023 8087 4874

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