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Level 1 Hair & Beauty Foundation Studies at East Sussex College Hastings

Course description

During this one-year course you will gain a thorough understanding of the hairdressing and beauty industries.

Course content

Over the course of the year you will develop all the basic skills you need to get you ready for a career in one of these exciting industries. You will be able to learn about health and safety in the beauty and hairdressing salon and develop teamwork and self-management skills. Our experienced and professional tutors will pass on their knowledge to teach a range of practical skills including how to perform a manicure, nail art application and basic make-up, along with shampoo, condition, blow-dry and style women’s hair. You will be able to understand the importance of and how to care for the client’s skin, as well as learning how to present yourself professionally as you preform treatments of paying clients in our commercial salons at the college.

You will study a range of topics including:

  • Health and Safety
  • An Introduction to the Hair and Beauty sector
  • Manicure
  • Skin care
  • Themed face painting
  • Basic make-up
  • Create a hair and beauty image
  • Nail art application
  • Presenting a professional image in the salon
  • Shampooing & conditioning


Your assessments will focus around practical tasks and treatments carried out in the salon, as well as coursework assignments and exams.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed this course you will have experience in both hair and beauty industries meaning you can choose which route to follow at Level 2.

The UK hair and beauty industry employs more than a million people and is continuing to grow. With more than 50,000 hair and beauty businesses in the UK, there are excellent opportunities for employment or self-employment in roles such as a Beauty therapist, Hairdresser, Make-up artist, Nail technician or Salon Receptionist.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 September 2018
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    • Located next to Hasting town centre, Station Plaza is a large, light-filled building surrounded by 22,000 square meters of study space and social zones. Classrooms are equipped with the most up-to-date resources and interactive whiteboards. It houses multiple IT suites, a gym, Coast coffee, Subway, Coast Restaurant, a training kitchen, a professional salon, an art shop, diner and a large Learning Resource Centre. 

      Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via WIKI, podcasts and teacher/student blogs. Students can hire laptops from the LRCs and both sites are WIFI activated.