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Introduction to Hairdressing Level 1

Level 1 in Hairdressing is a qualification that has been designed to introduce you to the complete range of practical hairdressing skills and will act as the foundation for you to progress onto the next level of vocational learning at level 2.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Hair
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

This course is perfect if you are interested in stepping into a career in the hairdressing industry but still need to work on you English and Maths grades. It will provide the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical experience in shampooing, conditioning and the art of long hair dressing. As part of your studies, you will be required to complete work experience to develop your skills and behaviours to support your progression to further study.

You will participate in our Level 1 Hair student competition that will be judged by industry experts.  This is a fantastic opportunity to be recognised with a potential of creating a link to a job opportunity.  

This is a non-accredited course to support development of Maths and English skills and bridge the gap to Level 2.

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:

  • a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 2-3 or above, including English and/or Maths (grade 2/3 or above).

You will have an interview and initial assessment in Maths and English and will attend a taster session. Parents and Carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment or taster.  If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

Mandatory units are:

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon

You will also study some of the following additional units:

  • Shampooing and Conditioning Hair
  • Colour in the Hair and Beauty Sector
  • Styling Women’s Hair
  • Styling Men’s Hair
  • Plaiting and Twisting Hair
  • Colouring Hair using Temporary Colour
  • Creating a Hair and Beauty Image
  • Following Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Working with Others
  • Reception Duties
  • The Art of Dressing Hair

You will continue to study Maths and English and develop your skills as part of your programme.  

This course will be delivered on-site.

You will study for a minimum of 16 hours per week over 3-4 days. Your timetable will consist of the following lessons:

  • Practical Class.
  • Theory and Assignment Class.
  • Assessment Workshop.
  • Group Tutorial and one:one appointment with your Personal Tutor.

It is a mandatory requirement for students aged 16-18 to study GCSE English and Maths where a Grade 4 or above has not yet been achieved.

There is a kit and uniform to purchase prior to the start of your course in September: full details will be given at your interview.

You will be assessed by a range of methods including practical observation and assignments.

Further study

You can progress to Level 2 & 3 Hairdressing and Barbering, Level 2 Hair & Media Makeup or a Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship.


This course is an excellent starting point for a career in the Hair and Beauty sector.  The following career progressions are dependent on the level of qualifications that you achieve.

  • Into employment as a Hairdresser or Barber in the industry.
  • Employment as an Industry Specialist for Hairdressing or Barbering.
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/or in a home-based setting.
  • Salon Manager.
  • Employment/further training in television, film, theatre and media.
  • HM Prison Service.
  • Cruise Liners.
  • Hospitals/Care Homes.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Hairdressers and Barbers


Hairdressers and Barbers

Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors


Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors

Beauticians and Related Occupations


Beauticians and Related Occupations

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Katie Weeds

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Taking an apprenticeship gave me the hands-on training I needed to be able to qualify as a hair stylist and open my own salon. What I love most about my job is making people feel better about themselves.

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Course Information Last Updated On: April 17, 2023 10:06 am