Course starts: September 2020

Part-time and evening classes available

Age groups

16-18, 19+, Adult

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This course will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental skills – including colouring, perming, cutting and treatments – that are essential for a nationally recognised qualification in hairdressing. You’ll be taught in our state-of-the-art Opus Salon, with specialist equipment and reception area, enabling you to gain valuable experience with real clients. As part of the course, students are able to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities and community projects, including Totton Carnival.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) and above, including maths and English, or a Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing. Learners who do not have grade 4 or above in English and maths study them alongside their course.

What will I learn?

You’ll gain expertise in techniques such as colouring, cutting, perming and dressing hair, gaining the qualifications you need to carry out hairdressing services. By the end of the course, you’ll understand more about the hairdressing industry and be ready for work:

  • Learn the techniques for colouring and perming hair
  • Develop your cutting and dressing hair skills
  • Enhance your dexterity
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of hair styling and treatments

Work experience

You’ll take part in two one-week blocks of work experience during the year. Alternatively, you can do six hours a day one day a week.

You can also request additional days.


  • Working in the hair and beauty industry
  • Follow health and safety
  • Client care and communication
  • Shampoo and condition
  • Cut women’s hair
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Create an image based on a theme


You’ll be assessed through a combination of written, oral, practical and online assessments.

Enrichment opportunities

Extra-curricular activities and community projects are included, for example Totton Carnival.

Career and progression

You can progress to a Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing, which is highly desirable within the hair industry. You can also choose to start your career with an apprenticeship in a salon.

Additional costs

A kit and a uniform will need to be purchased. Ask for details.


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Totton college were great, very supportive and the course is very hands on with practical. A special thanks to Sharon for all her hard work she put in and the passion she puts into her job.

Nicola Thompson

Hairdressing student (adult)