High levels of knowledge, technical ability and creativity are needed to pursue a career in this industry. The profession offers qualified hairdressers the flexibility to be self-employed and run their own businesses. Our students are national and regional award winners, testimony to the quality of teaching and training facilities we provide.
• Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety
• Prepare and maintain salon treatment work areas
• Contribute to the development of effective working
• Shampoo and condition hair
• Prepare for hair services and maintain work areas
• Assist with facial skin care treatments
• Assist with day make up
• Blow dry hair
• Assist with salon reception duties
• Assist with hair colour services
• Plait and twist hair using basic techniques
Students are required to have a work placement in a salon on a weekly basis. Competition entry and visits are all a compulsory part of the course which enables students to build on their skills, employability, industrial experience and knowledge of the world at work.
Hairdressing and beauty kit approx cost £300. Uniform for both hairdressing and beauty approx £35. Trips and activities £20. Concessions are available to assist with the costs.
What are the entry requirements?
You will need English and Maths skills at Entry 3. On application, if you do not have evidence of your English and Maths levels you will be given an online assessment. Adult learners' prior skills and experience (e.g. evidence of work experience) will be taken into account.
How is the course taught?
You will be taught practical sessions in our fully equipped salons open to the public, and learn the supporting theory in the classroom.
How will I be assessed?
You will assist Level 2 and 3 students to carry out treatments on the general public, which is assessed by observation and oral questioning by your tutor, and you will build a collection of evidence to form a portfolio of work. Theory is tested through assignments, revision tests and written exams.
What support is available?
Our qualified tutors will support and guide you in the classrooms/workshops and through tutorials as they help you to develop the skills and techniques required in industry. Learning Support is also available for those with learning difficulties/disabilities; please let us know on application if you require this service. If you need help or advice on other matters such as welfare and finance, please contact our Course Information Centres at Willesden or Wembley Park.
What social activities can I take part in?
We offer a programme of social and sports activities to all our students; full information is available from the Student Room at your centre of study. Student rooms are available for those who want to play games, meet up with friends or just chill.
What facilities and resources are available?
A range of snacks, hot and cold foods are available to purchase in the canteen and café facilities, as well as vending machines. Halal meat and washing facilities are available at both centres. We have Quiet Rooms for those preferring to reflect. LRCs (libraries) are available at both centres, fully equipped with a wide range of learning materials and qualified friendly staff on hand to support you.
What else should I know?
Annually we take part in a range of national and regional competitions in a wide range of subject areas for those keen to show off the skills they have gained on their courses. Competition entry is not compulsory and does not apply to all subject areas; please ask your tutor if it applies to your course.