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Hairdressing and Barbering Level 1 Certificate at North Hertfordshire College

Course description

Our hair, beauty and holistic therapy courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands-on experience of the world of work, including:

  • Work experience with businesses like Champney’s, Dermalogica, Aqua-Sana, Centre Parcs and Wella.
  • The opportunity to help run Hart Salon, working with real, paying customers
  • Visits to businesses and major events such as Salon International, Pro Hair Live, Baber UK, Victoria & Albert Museum and  Professional Beauty Show
  • Workshops including hair extension workshops, Wella London workshop, The Henna Mehadi workshop and Stone Therapy workshop.
  • Gents’ barbering: Our courses will provide you with the expertise in the basic aspects of gent’s barbering.  The course includes cutting, styling, facial beard shaping and consultation, and health and safety.  Additionally, you’ll develop retailing and reception skills, and learn how to promote future products and services to enhance the growth of the business.  You’ll be equipped to enter the industry with all the essential knowledge required for a successful career in barbering, having developed your wider communication and commercial skills.
  • Women’s hairdressing: Our courses will provide you with expertise in all aspects of women’s hairdressing.  This will include the knowledge of what is required from a junior assistant, to the skills of a junior and advanced stylist. The courses include cutting, colouring, perming, styling and consultation.  Additionally, you’ll develop retailing and reception skills, and learn how to promote future products and services to enhance the growth of the business.

Course content

Through this course you’ll learn about:

  • Shampooing and conditioning hair
  • Colour removal
  • Neutralising
  • Customer service
  • Health and safety
  • Styling and blow drying.

Entry requirements

Students need to have a keen interest in the hairdressing sector and enjoy working as part of a team. A successful interview and initial assessment of English and maths. A school reference for 16 to 18 year olds. There are no formal entry requirements to join this course. We’ll use your interview to make sure it’s the right course for you. A successful interview; demonstrating interest, enthusiasm and commitment


This course is assessed through assignments, projects, practical and online tests. You’ll only sit exams if you’re also doing maths or English GCSE or functional skills.

Financial information

Price on application.

There are no tuition fees for students aged 16-18 years.

If you are over 18, please speak to a client advisor.

Possible charges for any trips, visits, materials and uniform if required offered during the year will be independent of the tuition fees or any other student finance. Financial help may be available for these costs, please contact Student Services for more information.

Future opportunities

  • Level 2 courses including the certificate in women's hairdressing and certificate in barbering
  • Apprenticeships
  • Paid employment in the sector.

Further information

Please visit our website for further information -

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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    • Our Hitchin Campus is on Cambridge Road, a five minute walk from the train station and ten minute walk from the town centre. All of our business, tourism & events, catering & hospitality, creative & performing arts, hairdressing & beauty therapy, public services and sport & fitness courses are based here.

      In recent years, we’ve invested over £10 million in additional space, new equipment and resources to make sure that our learning environment is consistent with that of a modern sector workplace.

      We’ve invested in:

      • dedicated classrooms, learning spaces and breakout areas for project work and independent study, including our black box drama studio for creative arts students
      • Hart Salon is our professional student-run hair and beauty salon at the Hitchin Campus. It’s open to the public and offers a range of affordable services
      • Hart Kitchens is our contemporary, student-run restaurant at the Hitchin Campus. Hart Kitchens is open for lunch Tuesday - Thursday during term time and we also run regular themed evenings
      • a learning resource centre with a great collection of books, journals, electronic databases and websites – open Monday to Friday during term time

      Our Hitchin Campus is a creative and fun environment, with fantastic links to local employers.