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Hairdressing Level 1 Diploma at Carlisle College

Course description

This qualification has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills through the following units; introducing you to the hair and beauty industries, how to present a professional image and work with others in the salon. You will be able to work on a salon reception, develop your creative skills in the art of dressing hair and applying temporary colour, how to create a hair and beauty image, provide effective shampooing and conditioning hair, how to display retail stock or the creative art of styling women’s hair. To further enhance your practical skills you will have the opportunity to choose from the following hairdressing units; how to develop your skills in the art of either plaiting or plaiting and twisting hair, and styling men’s hair. Underpinning this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety whilst working in the hair industry. You will also develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of each unit.

Course content

The course is made up of 13 units

  • Follow health & safety in the salon
  • Introduction to the hair & beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image
  • Shampoo & conditioning
  • Styling woman’s hair
  • Styling men’s hair
  • Working with others in the salon
  • Plaiting & Twisting
  • Colour hair, using temporary colour
  • Salon reception duties
  • Create & maintain retail displays
  • Create a Hair & Beauty image
  • The art of dressing hair

As part of your course, you will be required to study towards functional skills in Maths & English or GCSE. You will also undertaken work placement.

Entry requirements

GCSEs at grades E - F, entry level qualification or Scottish equivalent. Subject to an initial assessment and interview with the course tutor.


Your progress will be continually monitored and assessed by your tutor.  You will produce an electronic portfolio with records of your practical activities, written tests and oral questions.

Future opportunities

If you enjoy hairdressing as a career you may then progress on to a Level 2 Diploma and be accredited for the units you have achieved at Level 1, subject to completion and passing the interview criteria, passing functional skills or GCSE qualifications and competence in practical assessments.

Further information

Students will be expected to purchase hairdressing kit and uniform, which must be worn to every session. Price on application.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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