Hairdressing and Barbering: City and Guilds Level 1 NVQ Certificate

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This course is for school leavers who wish to prepare to train as a hairdresser. You will learn in our commercial salon and will start to develop the basics of hairdressing.

Apart from learning basic principles of health and safety, professional salon behaviour, reception roles and customer care, you will work on your personal presentation and effective communication skills. We will teach you the techniques needed to provide mini salon treatments including shampooing and blow drying. All this experience puts you in a great position to progress to the next level.

What I'll learn

You will gain an understanding of the basic principles of health and safety, salon etiquette and decorum, and professional behaviour to develop communication skills, working with others and team building. You will develop your work skills and learn 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 will have the opportunity to work in the college salons, supporting other students and dealing with clients in a real commercial environment.


How I'll learn

Successful completion will allow you to progress to Level 2, but if this is not the route for you the employability skills you have gained will stand you in good stead for progression into employment in another area. This is a lively curriculum area and you will be taught by experienced staff - with typically 98-100% of students achieving the qualification. 


How I'll be assessed

You will learn good workplace and professional skills including attendance and punctuality as per employment standards.


Entry Requirements

You need to be presentable, creative and complete a successful interview where you demonstrate your interest in hairdressing. We ask for a school report to accompany your application form. You will need to buy essential equipment for this course.

All students will be expected to purchase a hairdressing kit and uniform as part of their commitment to this course.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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.