Level 1 NVQ Certificate Hairdressing and Barbering

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 1
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
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

This course will provide you with a basic knowledge and understanding of hairdressing. You will develop the essential skills required to perform services, such as creating professional salon looks and washing, styling and colouring all types of hair.

You will gain invaluable hands-on experience, and key employability skills, working in our on-site hairdressing salon.


1950s competition practice March 2019 2 SQ

Hair and beauty students step back in time

Our talented hair and media make-up students have been preparing for Beamish Museum's 1950s competition.


This course aims to provide an introduction to the hair and beauty industry, and will help you develop the skills and knowledge required to work within this sector.

The content has been developed to incorporate both theory and practical sessions, as well as an external hairdressing placement and competition enrichment activities, to enhance your experience.

You will develop your knowledge through innovative methods, including demonstrations, seminars and use of Schoology.


The NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering has four mandatory units:
  • Prepare for hair services and maintain work areas
  • Contribute to the development of effective working relationships
  • Blow dry hair
  • Shampoo and Condition Hair.

You also choose one or several optional units from a range of 14, including Assist with hair colouring and lightening service and Plaiting and Twisting.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


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

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed through:
  • Projects
  • Written tests
  • Practical assessments
  • Observation of your practical performance.

You will be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your course. You will carry out practical assessments with your tutor once you feel you are ready to be assessed. The assessments will be carried out at various points in the year.

Each unit will involve projects and/or internal multiple choice exams. You will be required to provide some clients and models throughout the year to work on, so that you can maximise your learning and explore the skills you have been learning.

Maths and English

Stobo Castle

Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

You will get involved in the following:
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Role-play interviews
  • CV development sessions
  • Work placements
  • Guest speaker sessions
  • Regional and national competitions
  • Beamish Museum visits and competitions.


You will take part in dedicated sessions to develop valuable employability skills and will also gain hands-on industry experience from sourcing a work placement within an external hair salon, as well as assisting Level 2 or Level 3 client sessions.

Participation in competitions will be encouraged as they will give you the opportunity to develop key employability skills, such as problem solving, time management and working independently.

You could progress to a Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing at New College Durham.

What else?

For more information about the AHT competitions, click here.

Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase a uniform and kit for your course. Information on prices for these items will be provided during your interview.

Additionally, as part of your course you will be expected to pay £25 towards trips and visits and a £5 deposit for a locker.

You can purchase your uniform using the following links for:

You can purchase your kit using this form.

You will be required to contribute towards enrichment activities.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend an interview.

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.

Entry Criteria

You will hold GCSE at grade 2 or above in maths, and a grade 2 or above in English Language.

Additionally, you will need to be working at Entry 3 for maths and English when you undertake your BKSB when you start college.

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.