This course provides learners with the advanced practical and theoretical skills required to pursue a successful career in hairdressing. You will be competent working in a customer based, fast paced environment, and will have acquired hands-on experience of working with real clients in our on-site salon.
Our on-site salon, Halo, reflects the best of industry standards and provides specialist resources for hairdressing and barbering.
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You will undertake the appropriate forms of theoretical and practical study to develop the skills required to work in the hairdressing industry. This will include practising your skills in our on-site salon, and organising an external placement. You will be encouraged to develop your employability skills throughout the course.
You will study the following units:
- Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
- Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
- Cut women's hair to create a variety of looks
- Style and dress hair using a variety of looks
- Colour hair to create a variety of looks
- Hair colour correction.
Average number of hours per week
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.
Teaching & assessment
The delivery of the programme is covered with one theory session and one practical session which then converts to a client session once all training has been completed.
You will have one assignment and practical assessment for each unit. Practical assessments will be graded pass, merit or distinction based on observation of performance in the salon with paying clients.
You will be allocated a personal tutor to support teaching and learning throughout the year. If you feel you are struggling, additional support is available through our Personal Learning Coaches (PLC's).
Maths and English
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.
You will receive training direct from industry professionals, Wella, for all technical units. You will engage in multiple workshops with trade hair suppliers to learn advanced cutting techniques. You will have the opportunity to develop advanced long hair skills with the help of local salon owners. The World Skills Manager will deliver and demonstrate advanced colour and cutting techniques.
This course is taught by industry experts, and offers learners the opportunity to enter regional and national hairdressing competitions. Visit AHT
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You will need to purchase a hairdressing kit and uniform, as priced below:
- Female uniform £48.00
- Male uniform £32
- Hairdressing kit £86.50
You will be invited to a one-to-one interview with one of our team members to discuss your suitability to the course. This will also be an opportunity for you to find out more about the course, have a look around our fantastic salon facilities, and get to know the tutors.
You will be required to have either previous experience working in a hairdressing environment or a relevant qualification to a Level 2 standard.