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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This course aims to prepare you with the theoretical and practical skills required to work in the hairdressing industry. This will include practising your skills in our on-site salon, and organising an external placement if required. You will be encouraged to develop your employability skills throughout the course and record all evidence of external courses, enrichment and regional and national competitions.
If employed within the hairdressing industry, you can add any continuous professional development to your employability section within your course portfolios.
- Monitor Health and Safety
- Cut womens hair to create a variety of looks
- Style and dress hair
- Colour hair to create a variety of looks
- Creative hair designs (competition)
- Perm hair
- 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 assessments for each unit, which will be highlighted by your course tutor and an individual tracker allocated. Practical assessments will be graded pass, merit or distinction based on observation of performance in the salon with paying clients.
If you feel you are struggling with assignment or course work, an additional support service is available through our Personal Learning Coaches, which you can book when in college (PLC's).
Maths and English
If you are over 19 you do not need to study a further maths or English qualification. Maths and English skills are be embedded into the main qualification and throughout external placements.
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, do not worry, 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 have the opportunity to 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. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold an A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.
Hairdressers are required to have basic 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.
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
- Employer activities.
It is advised you undertake a relevant work placement in a hairdressing salon, however, this is not a mandatory requirement due to the nature of the course. Any work experience or employment can be recorded within your employability booklets and stored within your course portfolio under the employability section.
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 be required to purchase a uniform and kit for your course. Information on prices for these items are detailed on the forms below.
You can purchase your hairdressing uniform using the following links for:
You can purchase your hairdressing kit using this form
You will be invited into the College to attend an interview. Please bring any relevant qualifications.
You will have the opportunity to purchase uniforms and kits.
Ideally, you will hold a relevant Level 2 qualification or will have previous experience working in a hairdressing environment.
You will complete various theory and practical skills tests to establish your suitability to the course.