This one-year course is an ideal introduction for students who may not yet have relevant qualifications but want to work towards developing a career in either beauty therapy or hairdressing. Opus Salon is a working salon based in and run by Totton College. Here, students can learn in a realistic working environment, develop customer service and work towards treating clients to a commercial standard under the supervision of a tutor.

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

A genuine interest in hair and beauty is essential. Learners will need to have achieved Grades 1 and 2 at GCSE, and have a good standard of written and spoken English. If you don’t have GCSE English and maths, you will also study towards these qualifications.

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.


You’ll be assessed through written and practical assessments.

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

The majority of our students move on to study Level 2 Hairdressing or Level 2 Beauty Therapy, while some opt to take an apprenticeship. Achieving Level 2 or progressing on to a Level 3 qualification can both lead to a career in a number of areas including salons, health clubs, spas, hotels or within the cruise industry.

What our students say

Last year I did a rap/grime set as part of a label launch at The Talking Heads which was a mind-blowing and memorable experience. At Totton College the course is fluid so you can really tailor your learning; I’ve been able to combine performance with music tech.

Tomas Miller

Level 3 Music student at Totton College

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