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Level 1 Hairdressing

Subject Area

Hairdressing, Holistics & Wellbeing

Student Type

Students aged 16-18

Study Mode

Full Time

Course Type


What is the course about?

If you dream of a glamous career working in the fashionable and creative hairdressing industry, then the Level 1 Hairdressing course could be perfect for you! This one-year course is a fantastic introduction to the exciting world of hairdressing and will help you to begin to build the essential skills, knowledge and behaviours to work successfully in the hair industry.

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.

The modules you will study are continually updated to ensure students are learning about the latest trends, styles and colour inspirations. You can expect to learn a range of practical skills to prepare you for work in a real-life salon, such as shampooing and conditioning, creative styling of women’s hair and using temporary colour. You will focus on developing rapport with customers on reception, displaying retail stock and even competition work.

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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Starts Sep 2024

36 Weeks
Class Times
08:45 - 16:15
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee

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