Level 1 Certificate Hairdressing

Start date(s):
11 Sep 2017
30 weeks
Level 1
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
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Accredited by:
Health and Care Professions Council and The College of Podiatry
Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
19+ - Free or £445


This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and technical skills to assist in a salon or progress to further study.

The course involves both theory and practical elements, health and safety, basic colouring, basic cutting, basic styling and reception duties to develop effective working relationships with your clients and colleagues.

The course is aimed at those who wish to start a career in hairdressing, students will get hands on experience throughout this programme and will achieve an NVQ Level 1 Certificate in Hairdressing, accredited through City and Guilds, allowing them to progress on to Year 2.
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This course aims to prepare learners for work in the hairdressing industry. It combines theoretical and practical elements to ensure your skills meet national occupational standards.


You will study the following units:
  • Prepare for hair services
  • Contribute to develop working relationships
  • Blow dry hair
  • Shampoo and condition hair

Optional units include:
  • Assist with salon reception duties
  • Assist with hair colouring and lightening services
  • Plait and twist hair using basic techniques.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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12pm - 5pm
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed through oral questioning, assignments, written tests, and observation of your practical performance.

Maths and English

If you are 16-18 and have not met the below requirements for maths and English you will need to continue studying them along side this part time course.

If you are over 19 you do not need to study a further maths or English qualification if you choose not to, maths and English skills will be embedded into the main qualification and throughout external placements so that all learners continue to work towards them.
Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Hairdressers are required to have maths and English skills to work in the industry. English is used to ensure manufacturer's instructions for products and risk assessments are fully understood – this is vital for following Health and Safety regulations. It is important to learn and understand new terminology when completing in-depth treatment consultation forms with paying clients. In this customer focused industry, communication skills are essential for providing excellent customer service. Maths will be used in most reception duties, including: working out appointment times, calculating monetary takings, and working out discounts. Percentages will also be used when preparing products for treatments.

Industry links:

This course is taught by industry experts, and offers learners the opportunity to enter regional and national hairdressing competitions.

You could progress to a full or part-time Level 2 Hairdressing qualification at New College Durham, or seek employment in a salon as a junior stylist.

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Fees and funding

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Additional Costs

Uniform and hairdressing kit is to be purchased directly from the supplier
  • Female £48
  • Male £32
  • Hairdressing kit approx. £139

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to a one-to-one interview with one of our team members to discuss your suitability to the course.

Entry Criteria

No formal qualifications are required, however, all applicants are interviewed and must possess appropriate communication skills, and the desire to work in the beauty therapy and make-up industry.