Level 1 VTCT Diploma in Hairdressing

Course Code: P000685

Key Information

  • Course type


  • Campus:

    Highbury Campus

  • Start Date:

    Jan 23, Sept 23

  • Duration:

    One year

  • Attendance:


  • 16-18 school leaver fee:


The perfect launch pad for anyone who would like to work as a professional hair stylist. Working in our commercial salon, you will learn a wide range of industry-standard treatments, developing your customer and business awareness.

Units include:

  • shampoo and conditioning hair
  • temporary colour
  • customer service
  • effective teamwork
  • blow-drying
  • plaiting and twisting.

Our salons are open to the public, giving you valuable hands-on experience. Guest speakers visit to give demonstrations and you can add to your skills by completing short courses in specialist areas such as spray tanning, hair extensions and gel polish. You will have the opportunity to visit exhibitions, training academies and product suppliers in the UK and overseas. And you will be encouraged to enter competitions such as WorldSkills and our annual Hair & Beauty show, showcasing your work at regional and national levels.

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 2 or above, including English.

The course will consist of theory, practical, portfolio, tutorial and additional learning to enhance your qualification. Throughout the programme you will be assessed regularly against the standards set down by the examining body. These assessments will be pre-arranged and will be as unobtrusive as possible. Once you have completed the practical assessment of a unit to the set standard you will sit your written assessment paper. You will be given assignments throughout the programme with lots of help and guidance. Each level covers an area of competence at a level which places it on a national framework. The framework makes qualifications easier to understand and also shows how people can progress through the system. The qualification is based on standards that spell out the broad skills required in employment.

Your course is full time over one year. The exact days and times depend on the timetable but you can expect to attend for a minimum of 16 hours per week. A minimum of 90% attendance which includes English and maths classes must be achieved to ensure success on your course.

If you are 16-19 and achieved a 3 in maths and/or English GCSE or Level 1 Functional Skills then you will attend GCSE timetabled sessions to improve your grade. If you are 16-19 and achieved 2 or below in maths and/or English GCSE or Entry Level 3 Functional Skills then you will attend Functional skills timetabled lessons. If you are 16-19 and achieved a 4 or above in maths you will have the opportunity to complete core maths. If you have declared a learning difficulty and are aged 19-25 the above will also apply to you. Improving your maths and English skills will help you progress further in your career.

Our salons are run as commercial businesses, to improve your employability skills and sessions will run into some evenings.

Most students progress to the Level 2 VTCT Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing or start an apprenticeship.

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