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Hair & Beauty VRQ Level 1 Diploma at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

The VRQ Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing is a vocational course that will prepare you for a career in the Hairdressing industry. You will learn about the Hairdressing principles such as: customer service skills, reception, health and safety, and a variety of hairdressing technical skills.

Training at City College is an fantastic experience. You will have the chance to learn in a practical environment that will prepare you for the world of work of further education. As well as the hands-on, creative lessons in modern well-equipped studios, you will have the opportunity to work in our professional salon, which are open to staff and the public for hair and beauty treatments. Our students have found this experience very helpful when approaching employers who value experience as well as qualifications.

A Level 1 (VRQ) Certificate is an industry recognised qualification that is valued by employers and is seen as the first step on a route onto Higher Education.

City College is a major provider of Hairdressing courses in East-Sussex and has high levels of success rates for our learners. We have invested in the department over the last 2 years with a re-furbishment of the salons and reception area.

Course content

This course provides you with such skills as:

  • Shampoo and condition.
  • Colour hair using temporary colour
  • Styling women’s hair
  • Create a Hair and Beauty image
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Hair plaiting

You will explore topics such as:

  • Health and Safety.
  • Introduction to the Hair and Beauty sector
  • Present a professional image in the salon
  • Create and maintain retail displays in the salon
  • Reception duties.
  • Contribute to the development of effective working relationships
  • Prepare for hair services and maintain work areas

You will work towards Functional skills for Communications, and AON (application of number) at the appropriate level. This will improve all areas of your English, including punctuation, spelling techniques, formal letters etc; and for AON you will improve on areas of your maths for percentages, and ratios, which is essential for the mixing of colours in Hairdressing.

Entry requirements

To provide evidence of a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade G and above.


There is no final examination but you will be continuously assessed using a range of methods; observation of practical work, oral questions, assignments, written tests and portfolio evidence to demonstrate understanding.

Financial information

All full time courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2016. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment and the cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the college's learner support funds. You should apply for financial support as soon as you receive your offer letter.

Future opportunities

If you successfully complete this course you can progress onto the Level 2 (NVQ) Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF) at City College.

As you are required to have a salon placement running alongside your course, very often employers will offer to employ you on completion of your qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • Located in North Laine, right in the heart of Brighton, you’ll be just minutes away from a vibrant mix of shops, cafés, theatres and entertainment. You’ll be at the centre of everything that makes Brighton such a special city.

      Study Programme qualifications

      There are a wide range of study programme qualifications primarily based at our Central Campus, including: Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Computing, Digital Arts, Filmmaking, English & Mathematics, Hairdressing, Photography, Science, Travel & Tourism and our degree-level courses. Some classes will occasionally be held at our East Campus and some courses will occasionally be taught off-site.

      Read, learn & watch 

      • Learning Resource Centre open to all students
      • 40,000 books, 300 periodicals, 2,000 DVDs
      • Over 80 computer stations, equipped with electronic resources, e-books and access to online learning resources

      Get creative

      • Well-equipped, spacious and specialist art studios
      • Video and photographic studios
      • Top-of-the-range digital facilities and traditional dark rooms
      • A great value art shop on site - the cheapest supplier in Brighton

      Digital Design Centre

      • Mac-based Graphic Design suite
      • PC-based 3-D Multimedia suite with motion capture
      • Video studio with Chromakey and lighting rig
      • Digital video cameras, recorders and digital SLRs
      • All rooms fully networked with email and internet access on every machine.

      The Hub

      • A one-stop-shop to get you prepared for the world of work
      • Advice and support on job hunting, careers, employability skills, work experience, Apprenticeships and CV-writing

      The Gallery and its commercial kitchens

      • Working restaurant open to the public and specialising in catering for bespoke events and restaurant-quality meals
      • Run by students with a strong reputation in the community
      • Supported by four industry-standard training kitchens

      Relax and unwind

      • Professionally equipped salons open to the public
      • Equipment and treatments that you would find in any salon
      • Customer reception area and sophisticated booking system replicating the workplace
      • Great discounts on hair and beauty treatments

      Holidays, travel, concerts and lots more

      • A working travel agency open to the public
      • Training in a realistic environment on professional booking systems and with real holiday companies
      • The opportunity to practise what you have learnt and show employers that you have real experience

      Experiments and research

      • A full science lab suite which is one of the best in the South East
      • Specialist facilities for forensic science

      Relax and refuel

      • The Central Café offers fantastic value, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
      • Guest chefs from around Brighton visit to cook specialist cuisines
      • The Coffee Stop serves speciality teas and coffees
      • Vending machines offer drinks and confectionery

      Getting here

      City College Central Campus is less than 5 minutes walk from Brighton Station and local bus routes to Pelham Street include:

      Via London Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 17, 21, 22, 33, 40, 270, 271

      Via Lewes Road

      24, 25, 28, 29, 37, 49, 50, 78

      Via Hollingbury/Hollingdean

      26, 46, 50

      Via Western Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 46, 49