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Hair and Beauty Diploma (School Leavers) Level 1 at Croydon College

Course description

Our excellent resources, and inspirational and outstanding teachers, make The Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy at Croydon College the place to start your journey within the hair and beauty industry.  

This course will provide an introduction to a wide variety of hair and beauty skills which will allow you to make an informed decision about which area you would like to specialise in. This programme will consist of theory and practical sessions, developing your skills in make-up, shampooing and treatments, manicures, pedicures and blow-drying. You will also enhance your customer service skills by working with the public in our reception area whilst being supervised by our fabulous receptionist.

You will benefit hugely from this course, as we are the only college within south London that is in partnership with celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford. This makes our course one of the most sought after due to the training and advantages you will gain from the highest standards of delivery in the Lee Stafford way! You will gain qualities and skills that will give you the best possible opportunity to progress and to secure a career in the hair and beauty industry.

Please note that due to the highly professional nature of the hair and beauty industry, you will be required to wear a uniform whilst you are in the salon, details of which will be given to you at enrolment.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

You will be trained in the Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy at Croydon College and will benefit from having the opportunity to attend one of the many events that Lee Stafford himself will run at the college.

You will also have the chance to compete in internal and external competitions which will give you a great insight into how to develop your skills further on a competitive stage; past students have achieved a high standing at the national World Skills final.

You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience throughout your course and there are many opportunities of working with other students and professional links through photo shoots and fashion catwalks within our Croydon School of Art and local businesses.

A key distinguishing feature of the College is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office. 

Entry requirements

Evidence of a commitment to learn and the ability to study at this level shown at interview.

English and maths assessed at Entry Level 2 or above.


Practical assessments will take place during your salon sessions and all of these are carried out on real clients and will be assessed by one of our highly trained professional members of staff.  Creative assignments and projects will be used to showcase your underpinning knowledge of each technical skill learnt, and these will be used as evidence for your portfolio.  

Future opportunities

Completion of this course will enable you to progress on to one of our Level 2 courses, such as our Beauty Therapy Diploma or our Hairdressing Diploma.

Alternatively, you can progress directly into employment in the hair and beauty industry via one of our many apprenticeship programmes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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    • We are:

      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport