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Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector Level 1 - Diploma at Exeter College

Course description

This course blends theory and practice to prepare you for a profession that is much in demand. As part of your Level 1 programme you will study Functional Skills in English and maths and a programme of Personal Social Development.

There are practical and theoretical classes which will help each student develop a portfolio of evidence for verification. There is some case study/project work. Practical skills are developed on fellow students - once a level of competence is reached clients are to be used for assessment. Balance of course 40% theory/60% practical.



Course content

You will study units including:

  • Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector
  • Presenting a Professional Image in a Salon
  • Shampoo and Conditioning
  • Styling Women's Hair
  • Styling Men's Hair
  • Plaiting and Twisting Hair
  • Colour Hair using Temporary Colour
  • Skin Care
  • Basic Make-up Application
  • Themed Face Painting
  • Nail Art Application
  • Providing Basic Manicure Treatment
  • Create a Hair and Beauty Image

Entry requirements

You need four GCSEs at Grade E (including maths and English).


You will be assessed practically, theoretically and orally in all areas. Testimonials may be required as evidence in some areas. Complete portfolios are verified and should include assessment books, case studies, projects, and theoretical papers. Some units have external online test papers. 

Financial information

You will need to purchase a personal kit and uniform. You are responsible for providing your own working resources.

Future opportunities

You will be able to enter a profession that is in demand everywhere in the high street. You can then progress to Level 2, to enter the hairdressing or beauty industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Exeter College directly.

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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