Hairdressing Diploma – Level 1


Join our award-winning VTCT Hairdressing Diploma Level 1! This intensive qualification has been designed to introduce you to the full spectrum of practical hairdressing skills and will provide a solid foundation for you to progress onto the next level of vocational learning. With award-winning staff members who will impart an extensive quality of knowledge, this course is the first-step for any aspiring hairdresser!

Throughout this qualification you'll develop and hone your skills of shampooing, blow-drying and styling women's hair. You'll also begin evolving your knowledge of different hair types, health and safety requirements and how to present yourself within the hair industry. You will be introduced to the essential skills on how to effectively section hair and how to apply temporary colour as this course progresses.

This qualification will lay down an unshakeable base for you to eventually be able to both work and run your own hair salon.

ELEMENTS, Kidderminster College's on-site professional salon takes part in regular regional and national competitions, so there will be some amazing opportunities to show case your work throughout your study.

  • What will be studied

    You will cover a huge range of units over the course of this qualification, units will include:-

    • A thorough introduction to the hair and beauty industry
    • How to present a professional image
    • Working with others in the salon
    • How to manage a salon reception
    • Creating and maintaining retail displays within the salon
    • How to professionally shampoo and condition hair
    • How to style women's hair
    • The art of dressing hair

    In order to achieve this Level 1 qualification you will be required to complete a work experience placement of a minimum of 60 hours, this will be arranged by the college.

    You will also be working under supervision within our awarding-winning Elements salon which is on-site at our main Kidderminster College campus.

    Work placements and work experience is designed so that you are able to build both your confidence and skills to that you will be able to work effortlessly within the industry.

  • What are the entry requirements?

    There are no formal requirements in order to apply for this course, however, all candidates are required to have:-

    • A strong work ethic
    • Excellent people skills
    • Provide a suitable reference
  • Where does this course lead to?

    Upon completion of this Level 1 qualification you will be able to progress onto the next level of vocational learning at Level 2;

    • Hairdressing Level 2 Diploma
  • What qualifications will be gained?

    At the end of this one year study period you will gain a Hairdressing Diploma Level 1 qualification

  • How will this course be delivered?

    Lectures will be a mix of theoretical and practical work

    You will be taught through presentations, practical demonstrations, independent work, 1:1 support, tutorials and group critiques.

    This study programme will be taught over 16 hours per week

    Classes generally run between 9am-5pm but may vary.

    Timetables will be given to all students during enrolment and induction week.


  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed continuously via:

    • Practical assessments
    • Assignments
    • Online examinations
  • How to get a place?

    Fill out our quick and easy application form HERE

  • Other Information:

    Students aged 19+ will be subject to fees. Student finance offers help with Advanced Learner Loans and support to students, please contact Student Services on 01562 512003 or email for more information and advice.

    Whilst on this course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson takes, such as:-

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad

    Due to the nature of this course a course kit and uniform will be required.

  • Exam Board:

    After completing a Level 1, 2 and 3 Hairdressing course at Kidderminster College you will be able to look at many potential career options, including:-

    • Trainee Hairdresser
    • Salon Receptionist 
    • Junior Stylist
    • Senior Hairdresser 



Start Date : September 2022 End Date : June 2023 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 1 Year
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