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Skills for Professions in Hair and Beauty Level 1 Certificate at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

This foundation level qualification is an exciting taster course, combining hairdressing and beauty therapy for learners who are interested in both sectors. You will develop and learn new skills in each area, giving you an insight into which direction you would like to progress to level 2.

Course content

Professionalism and communication skills are at the centre of all the units you will study in preparation for dealing with clients when you progress.

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs at grade 2 (grade E) in Maths and English. You should have an excellent personal appearance and a high level of hygiene. You must be enthusiastic and have a genuine interest in the Hair and Beauty sector. You should be a team player as often you will have to work closely with a number of colleagues.


Hair and Beauty Therapy is a practical vocation, so the majority of your learning will take place in the salons undertaking practical assessments. You will also take part in theory sessions to build portfolios, which will include the photographic evidence and work you create relating to each unit.

Future opportunities

On completion of this course and with a reference from your course tutor, it is possible to progress onto our level 2 courses. We offer qualifications in:

  • Hair and Media make-up
  • Hairdressing
  • Beauty therapy.

After completing this level 1 qualification, you could go into employment as an apprentice beauty consultant or hair technician, working within a salon. Further career options depend on the route you take at levels 2 and 3, including: hair technician, beauty consultant, salon stylist/therapist, freelance hair and make-up artist, complementary therapies practice, mobile spa/hairdresser, cruise liners, hospice/care home work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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