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NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering - Level 1 at South Thames College

Course description

Take your first step towards a career in the hairdressing industry and gain practical experience. Your practical training will take place in our salons, which are open to the public. You'll also go to exhibitions and enter external competitions. As well as daytime lessons, you'll need to come into College one evening a week or on a Saturday.

We have plenty of professional suppliers coming to college to deliver bespoke training on latest products and equipment in the industry. This is boosted by employers and salon owners giving demonstrations and talks on making it in the sector. As well as work experience in our salon there can also be opportunities for experience in professional salons - previous students have even seen this lead to part-time work.

You'll learn through competitions and at Level 1 this is mainly internal though there are also a number of local and national competitions that you'll get involved with. In the prestigious WorldSkills competitions we've put through plenty of our students and this is a great way to learn from your peers and to be exposed to new experiences.

Course content

Units include:

  • Consulting clients
  • Styling and finishing
  • Setting and dressing
  • Assisting with hair colouring
  • Blow drying
  • Assisting with reception duties
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Teamwork.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs A*-G including English or maths; OR other related qualifications and experience. You'll also have a practical skills assessment to make sure the course is a good match for you.


Continuous assessment by observation on paying clients, formal and informal online tests, written assignments and tests as well as building up a portfolio of your work.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a Level 2 course in hairdressing or barbering, or to an apprenticeship. South Thames College offers a range of hairdressing courses so there are plenty of opportunities to progress and specialise.

Further information

Like all colleges, we provide specialist kits for hair and beauty courses so that you can work with them on your courses and use outside the College to give you more chance to practise and grow your skills. Depending on your circumstances, the cost varies and this will be assessed when you join the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 December 2015
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