Hair & Beauty | VTCT Diploma in Hair & Beauty | Level 1

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0275-1C
Qualification Type Basic/Key Skill
Qualification Level Level 1
Course type Full Time


Take the first steps towards a career as an employed or self-employed hairdresser or beauty therapist with this introductory course, based in our popular commercial salon. This course will provide you with real-life experience and allow you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to progress to one of our Level 2 courses.

Our industry-experienced teachers will offer support and guidance to develop your skills in a range of basic techniques and treatments, allowing you to gain confidence in a friendly and professional environment.

Studying hairdressing at Northbrook MET is hands-on, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and experience to progress to employment or further study. Training in our professional salons, you will develop your skills in customer service, communication and commerciality, preparing you for work in salons, hotels, airlines, cruise liners and department stores in the UK or overseas.


Course content

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon
  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Shampoo, condition and treat hair and scalp
  • Create an image
  • Styling women’s hair
  • Styling men’s hair
  • Temporary colour
  • Face painting and makeup techniques

How will it be delivered?


  • Service Portfolio contributes to the overall grade
  • Graded practical assessment - pass, merit, and distinction
  • No exams - all units have to have relative completed assignment - 100% of qualification grade
  • The overall qualification is graded Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction

Entry requirements

Start this Level 1 course if you have at least 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (F), preferably including English and maths.

You will be expected to present yourselves in a professional manner, be polite and courteous. You will attend college wearing a uniform, with your hair up, nails cut short and free from varnish, and strictly no jewellery or facial jewellery is allowed. You will be expected to arrive punctual and attend all classes. These are all requirements of the awarding body.

Your next steps...

What's next?

Upon successful completion of this level 1 course you can progress to one of the MET's level 2 courses in hairdressing or barbering, either full time or as an apprentice.

Future careers can include:

  • Salon stylist
  • Colourist
  • Hotel/cruise hairdresser
  • Department store hairdresser
  • Senior stylist
  • Freelance hairdresser
  • Salon owner