Hairdressing and Barbering Level 1 Certificate

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Learn the skills you need for a career in hairdressing at our fully-equipped, modern salons.

Learn how to provide popular styles and treatments with the Hairdressing and Barbering Level 1 Certificate. Styling, dressing, shampooing, conditioning, and colouring are just some of the skills you will learn.

What I'll learn

You will gain an understanding of the basic principles of:

  • health and safety
  • salon etiquette and decorum
  • professional behaviour
  • communication skills
  • working with others and team building 

You will have the opportunity to work in the college salons, supporting other students and dealing with clients in a real commercial environment. There you will also learn the day-to-day skills of:

  • how to manage reception
  • work with clients and colleagues
  • telephone skills
  • personal presentation
  • taking messages
  • making bookings
  • calculating money

You will further develop your English, maths and ICT skills to help you to complete your course work and prepare for further study or employment.

You also gain broader personal skills that are vital for success in further study or employment. They include self-confidence, working with others, taking responsibility and time management.

By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight in future study or careers open to you.

On successful completion of the course you can progress to other full-time beauty therapy or hairdressing qualifications. See our Level 2 courses here at City of Oxford College.


How I'll learn

You take part in classroom practical and salon sessions to gain hands-on experience of these treatments.

Approximately one third of your time in college is classroom based and you are set assignments and homework too.

The remaining time is spent in the practical working salon to practise and perform different treatments. There is a strong emphasis on working and learning with others and you also need to be able to work independently.

Learning in our commercial salon you will start to develop the basics of hairdressing.

Individual learning targets are set throughout this course and you receive regular feedback on your progress.


How I'll be assessed

Formal assessment is done by:

  • assignments
  • case studies
  • oral questioning
  • practical application


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but ideally you will have English and maths at level 4 (C) or above. If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in English or maths you must study to achieve these qualifications along with your course.

You need to be well presented, creative, have good communication skills, and show that you are focused and committed to this industry. A good reference from a school or employer is preferable.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  1. Register for our online service and verify your account
  2. Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.