Level 1 Certificate Beauty Therapy

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 1
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Daytime, Evening
Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free


Course details may be subject to change

Completion of this course will mean you possess the fundamental knowledge and skills required to pursue a career within the beauty industry.

You will develop the skills needed to perform manicures, facials and apply make-up effectively. You will gain hands-on experience working with real-life clients during your work placement at an external salon, and during your practical sessions in the College’s on-site salon, Halo.


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Hair and beauty students are regional champions

Students placed first in body art, cut and blow dry, make-up and the main competition Total Team Presentation.


This course aims to provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to pursue a career within the beauty industry.
Embarking on this full-time course will enable you to explore and develop the following skills:
  • Health & Safety - to enable you to work safely within a salon.
  • Communication skills – for working within a team and building relationships with clients.
  • Organisation skills – to ensure you can prioritise tasks.
  • Marketing skills – to promote and upsell products.
  • Practical skills – to enable you to perform manicures, facials and apply make-up to client brief.


  • Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to Health & Safety
  • Contribute to the development of effective working relationships
  • Assist with reception duties
  • Prepare and maintain salon treatment work areas
  • Assist with facial skin care treatments
  • Assist with day make up
  • Assist with nail services.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

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Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will work with your tutor to learn the relevant practical skills and theory knowledge over the duration of the course for each unit. Practical assessments will be carried out with your tutor once you feel you are ready to be assessed, these assessments will be carried out at various points in the year. Each unit will also have assignments and/or internal and external exams. You will be required to supply your own clients and models throughout the year to work on, so that you can maximise your learning and explore your new skills.

In total, you will complete nine test papers and 20 summative assessments.

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Industry links:

Each term you will engage with external employers through lectures, hands-on workshops, role-play interview opportunities, CV development workshops and much more. These opportunities will ensure you are able to develop additional skills and improve your confidence levels.

We encourage all students to enter competitions, such as World Skills and the AHT competition.


You will be expected to undertake a work placement within an external salon for a minimum of 70 hours, to ensure you develop the essential skills to work in this fast-paced industry. It is your responsibility to find a work placement, therefore, you can decide whether you want to carry out your placement in a block period or one day a week.

You could progress to a relevant Level 2 programme at New College Durham.

Progress onto further study


Level 2 Diploma Beauty Therapy

This course is ideal if you are new to beauty therapy, or have some knowledge of the industry.

Level 2 Diploma Make-up

This course will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills required to work as a make-up artist in a salon or spa, or on a freelance basis.

Level 2 Diploma Hairdressing

This course will ensure you are prepared for working in a customer based, fast paced environment.

Meet our students

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Hair and beauty student Amie said the free travel scheme is very important to her as it saves her a large amount or money travelling to and from college.

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Fees and funding

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Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase a uniform and kit for your course. Information on prices for these items are detailed on the forms below.

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Additionally, as part of your course you will be expected to pay £20 towards trips and visits and a £5 deposit for a locker.

Interview Instructions

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Leading up to the start of your course, you will receive a welcome letter, along with a kit form so that you can purchase the relevant equipment needed. You will also receive a phone call to discuss course commitments further.

You will be invited to attend an induction evening a week before your course starts. The induction will be with a curriculum team member - you will discuss the course and expectations in more details to ensure you are able to make an informed choice.

Further Education

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Entry Criteria

You will hold GCSE at grade 2 or above in maths, and a grade 2 or above in English Language. You will also require a good attendance record from school.

You will also be required to undertake a BKSB test when you start college - at this stage you must be working at Entry 3 for maths and English.

Please bring your GCSE grades during induction and any other qualifications relevant to your chosen course. During induction, you will undertake various theory and practical skills tests to establish your suitability to the course, as well as your problem-solving skills and ability to follow instructions.