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Hair & Beauty – Level 1

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About the course

This one-year course is the first step towards a career in the hair and beauty industry. You will learn the underlying principles and practical skills required for the industry by working in a real-life salon environment at The Retreat, our on-site salon with two highly equipped hair salons and three beauty salons, completing practical assessments on your peers, and potentially members of the public. You will be expected to complete written assignments and exams. Units include shampooing, and conditioning, consultation, styling, and dressing hair, plaiting, and twisting hair, temporary hair colour, basic manicure treatments, nail art, and head massage. You will study aspects of health and safety, working with others, personal presentation and customer care. Students also take part in hair competitions. You will need to purchase a uniform – these are required for all practical sessions adn assessments.

Topics and units

– Intro into the hair and beauty sector
– Nail art application
– Basic manicure treatment
– Head massage
– Health and safety in the salon
– Shampoo and conditioning
– Styling women’s hair
– The art of dressing hair
– Presenting a professional image in a salon
– Working with others in the hair and beauty sector
– Plaiting and twisting hair
– Using temporary colour

Work placement opportunities:
Salon or reception assistant at several local businesses

Careers and progression

Progressing to: Level 2 hairdressing or beauty therapy, receptionist, or junior stylist/therapist
Aspirational careers: Salon owner, beautician to film and TV stars

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades 2-1 including English and/or maths

Additional information

Studnets will have opportunties to attend additioanl enrichment inclduing trips, visits and guest speakers. Studnets will be expected to work in the commerical salons and reception during salon days

All studennst will need to arrange and attend work experience – related to Hairdressing and/or Beauty Therapy.

What to do next

If you are interested in applying for this course, please click ‘apply now‘ on this page or at the top of any page, and create an website account or sign in an account you have already created and complete the application form. 

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Full Time


1 Year


Haybridge Road, Telford


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Upcoming events

Open event
09 October 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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Open event
13 November 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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Christmas Fayre and Professional Skills Open Event
04 December 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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