Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

14-16, 16-18, 19+

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Our Hairdressing Level 1 course provides you with the essential introductory knowledge and skills required for a career in hairdressing. This may be as a hairdresser, 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 students 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 modern hairdresser
  • 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

No formal qualifications are essential; however, a good standard of English and a genuine interest in hair and beauty would be beneficial.

Teaching team

Sharon Xerri (Course Leader)
Caron Butcher



You will study a range of units alongside the anatomy and physiology and the science behind each technical service. Modules may include:

Working in hair related industries
Provides you with an understanding of the requirements for working in the hair related industries.

Health and safety
Students learn to identify potential hazards in a salon to reduce risks to health and safety. You will also research the relevant legislation and its impact on the industry.

Client care and communication
Students will learn client care and communication are in the industry, enabling you to develop communication skills to deal with enquiries, retail, consultation, complaints and all forms of client care.

Shampoo and condition the hair
Focuses on improving and maintaining the conditioner of the hair. Analysing the hair and choosing suitable products to treat and repair the hair.

Promoting additional services
This unit will give you an insight into and the legislation and regulations which affect the selling of services.

Styling women’s hair
Covers a variety of customer service needs. Understanding the importance of good client consultations and provide aftercare advice.

Hair plaiting
Learn the different technique of hair plaiting. These include 3 section plait and fishtail.

The art of dressing hair
Learn the skills for blow-drying, setting, hair up and finger drying the hair.

The art of colouring hair
Understand and practice the application process for temporary and semi-permanent hair. Hair anatomy and the chemical make-up of products,

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

Extra-curricular activities and community projects will be included.

Learner progression

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

Your career

Students can progress towards gaining a professional qualification while working in a salon.


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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