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Creative Hair & Beauty Certificate Level 1 at PETROC

Course description

There are lots of good things about working in the hair and beauty industry: the chance to meet new people, build relationships and to use your skills and creative flair. If that sounds like your perfect career, this study programme could be the ideal place to start.

Learning will take place in our fully equipped, commercial standard salons.

Course content

This study programme has been designed to give you a thorough introduction to the hair and beauty business - and help you decide which subject to specialise in at Level 2.

During your year, you'll learn the essentials of women's hair styling like plaiting and twisting, basic make up application, themed face painting, nail art application and colouring hair using temporary colour. 

Alongside the beauty skills, you'll study Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and IT because they're highly valued by employers.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade E/2 or equivalent or above, preferably including Maths and English Language. 

At the end of the one-year programme all learners are expected to have achieved GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade 4, or show that they have been working towards improving their English and Maths by achieving an improvement to their previous grade.

Good personal presentation skills and a commitment to learning are important.


Assessment will be pre-planned and regular throughout the year. The course requires both written and practical assessment and there are examinations in all key areas of the programme.

Future opportunities

If you successfully complete this qualification you could move on to Level 2 Hairdressing or Level 2 Beauty Therapy. Alternatively you could do an Apprenticeship in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy.

Further information

Q. Do I have to pass all parts of the course in order to progress onto Level 2?
A. Yes, progression depends on successful completion of the whole programme as well as excellent attendance and performance.

Q. Can I work part time as well?
A. Yes, but you need to remember that whilst you are only in college for three days you will have 12 hours of course work to do each week, so perhaps a Saturday job would be possible.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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