Level 1 Hairdressing
Hair, Beauty, Holistics & Well-being
Students aged 16-18
What is the course about?
Are you interested in working in the exciting hairdressing sector? Do you want to do something practical and hands on? This qualification is designed to give you a taste of this growing industry, allowing you to take part in stimulating experiences that provide a springboard to the next level of study in the hair, beauty, or media make-up sector. This course provides a fantastic introduction to the glamourous world of hairdressing and will also prepare you for working as an assistant in a hair salon.
Why should I choose the course?
There has never been a better time to enter the bustling hair, beauty, and media make-up industry. HABIA states the industry size and turnover annually in this sector is £6.2 billion, employing nearly a quarter of a million people. As one of the biggest growing industries in Cheshire currently, there are plenty of opportunities to earn high wages. Learning on your course will take place in our state-of-the-art salon, The Academy, which has fully equipped professional hair salons, indulgent beauty suites, and glamorous media make-up studios. Being immersed in this front-facing salon environment and working on real paying clients will give the opportunity to put your newly developed skills to the test and receive live, honest critique.
What will I learn?
This hands-on, work-based course will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to progress within the hairdressing, beauty, and media make-up industry.
You will be introduced to the hairdressing sector and learn how to present a professional image in a salon. There will be a key focus on team-working, along with working independently, to prepare you for work in a real salon. You will also develop skills and knowledge within shampoo and conditioning, the creative art of styling women’s hair, colour hair using temporary colour, salon reception, displaying retail stock, and even competition work.
You will build a portfolio of evidence including observation, witness statements, audio-visual media, written questions, oral questions, assignments, and case studies.
What will the course lead on to?
After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to progress on to the Level 2 Hairdressing course or Level 2 Hair & Media-Make up course.
Are there any links with industry and university?
In order to enhance your learning and knowledge of the wider sector, you will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers throughout your course, who will come in and talk about their specialist area or their working environment. Past guest speakers have included a range of employers and manufacturers such as Wella, as well as previous students who have progressed with their career and opened their own businesses. We also have strong links with Steiner, a connection which will open your eyes to the exciting opportunity of working in hair or beauty on cruise ships whilst travelling the world.
We will also support you in securing a work placement in a relevant vocational setting, enabling you to gain a taste of a real-life working environment. This could even be your opportunity to impress and secure a part-time job.
What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
Studying in our professional hair, beauty and media make-up facilities will give you a real insight into working within this industry. We offer access to professional products and resources, keeping up with the latest trends in the industry to make your learning dynamic and relevant. Our tutors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise within this fantastic and creative industry and draw upon their working experience to enhance your learning. Our team of specialist tutors have a variety of experience within national companies, including management experience, and have an array of specialist qualifications, making your learning unique and tailored.
You will also have the opportunity to go on valuable trips and visits to complement your learning. Previous students have attended hair and beauty exhibitions such as ProBeauty, ProHair and Hair & Beauty UK, to hear from leading professionals in the industry and sample the latest products. You may also put your skills to the test at special events, such as charity events for the elderly, or even see your spooky creations come to life at local Halloween events.
What are the entry requirements?
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 2 or above. If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your GCSE English and/or maths, you will be required to work towards either a functional skills qualification or a GCSE in English and/or maths as part of your study programme.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
You will be expected to purchase a uniform to demonstrate your professional standards. You will also need to purchase a basic kit so you can continue to practice and develop your skills when not in college. Further details will be available upon application.
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