Hairdressing Level 1

Programme Description

This Level 1 qualification is an exciting taster that will give you an insight to the world of the hair industry. Learning in a college’s industry salon you will develop the essential basic skills needed for your career path as a hairdresser. This course provides you with the practical opportunities allowing you to complete your assignments and put your skills into practice in a real salon environment. Throughout this course, you will be assessed through practical skills tests and written assignments, which will run alongside the modules you are studying. As part of the course, you are required to undertake work experience that will allow you to use the transferable skills that you will learn at the college. This course is ideal for school leavers interested in a career in hairdressing. The qualification provides a solid access to understanding what is involved in the hairdressing sector.

Programme Features

We have a working salon open to members of the public, providing you with a real working environment and allowing you to gain a sense of how it will feel to work in the industry. During your studies, you will also complete an additional ‘Welsh Customer service’ qualification to equip you with the vital skills required for working in industry in Wales. There is an emphasis on supporting you in becoming an independent learner through individual planning, target setting and development.Students have a thriving programme of activities, trips and events that include taking part in National and progressing if successful to International competitions.

Progression & Employment

This course focuses on providing you with the skills and knowledge needed to progress to higher levels, apprenticeships and ultimately employment. Undertaking the right training at the start of your career can be a great long-term investment in your career prospects. Career opportunities will allow you to progress after further education at Level 2/3 or into commercial unisex salons, television, film, theatre and media, cruise liners, and Self-employments/ mobile/ home-based settings.

Programme Content


The Level 1 Hairdressing course consists of six units, over one year, which cover units such as:

• Prepare for Hair services and maintain work areas • Blow dry hair• Shampoo and Conditioning Hair • Assist with hair colouring and lightening services

Alongside your Hair qualification, you will be given the opportunity to improve your grades by either taking GCSE resits or Essential skills in both literacy and numeracy, which will enable you to progress on to further courses and develop your confidence.

Programme Assessment

Units are assessed internally. Continuous practical assessments are undertaken through observations on paying clients, projects and written tests. These can be undertaken in Welsh or English.

Programme Entry Requirements

Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.An applicant for the Level 1 will need to have a minimum of 2 GCSEs grades A* - CEnglish and Maths are an integral part of the course. Students who do not yet have the necessary grades at C or above will have additional teaching and support to study for either GCSE or Essential Skills depending on prior GCSE grades.