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Introduction to Hairdressing – Level 1

The Level 1 Hairdressing qualification has been designed to introduce you to the complete range of practical hairdressing skills and will act as the foundation for you to progress to 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 your 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 the potential of creating a link to a job opportunity.  

This is a non-accredited course to support development of maths and English skills and to 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:

  • the majority of GCSEs at grade 1 and 2
  • good communication skills and a friendly, outgoing demeanour

You will have an interview and will be invited to attend a taster session. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview and 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
  • Plaiting and Twisting Hair
  • Colouring Hair using Temporary Colour
  • Creating a Hair and Beauty Image
  • Following Health and Safety in the Salon
  • 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 three days. Your timetable will consist of the following lessons:

  • Practical Classes
  • Theory and Assignment Classes
  • Assessment Workshops
  • Group Tutorials and 1:1 appointments 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: full details will be given at your interview.

The kit will contain the essentials required to carry out a range of techniques. Financial assistance will be available for eligible candidates.

The uniform must be worn every day and consists of black trousers or leggings and a black polo shirt. Closed-toe black shoes or trainers can be worn but these must be plain black (including the laces and logos).

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

As the course is highly practical, you should expect to have a number of summative observations to ensure your competency in each technique and exams to assess your theoretical knowledge.

Further study

You can progress to Levels 2 and 3 Hairdressing and Barbering, 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:

  • 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 Group 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, 2024 12:46 pm