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Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing City and Guilds Diploma Level 1 at Boston College

Course description

This qualification is internationally recognised by City and Guilds and will prepare you for employment as a Salon Junior or Assistant in a Hairdressing or Beauty Salon. 

The course is delivered by a team of highly qualified and experienced staff with vast subject knowledge and current practical skills. 

The course is based at both Boston College and Boston College Spalding College which both have fully equipped Salons open to the public.

Course content

The course is broken down into several units which cover numerous practical skills such as shampooing and conditioning, blow drying, facials, manicures, pedicures and make-up. The course also includes assisting Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists with clients in real working salons. 

Teaching and learning methods include: 
- Practical salon skills 
- Background theory 
- Portfolio building/assignments 
- Individual and group work 
- Appraisals and self-evaluation 
- Online exams 
- Enterprise sessions 

You will have a personal tutor who will be responsible for course guidance and general support. 

In addition to your course, you will also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

Entry requirements

Ideally 3 GCSEs at grades D or above (New GCSE grade - 3 or above), preferably in English, Maths and a Science. 

A satisfactory reference from your school or employer is required as is attendance of a taster session to assess practical skills and completion of a hair and skin diary together with a satisfactory interview where: you should have a smart appearance and demonstrate enthusiasm for a career in hairdressing and/or beauty therapy. At interview, previous attendance, attitude and ability will be taken into consideration.


The course is based on an assessment structure therefore you will be continually assessed throughout the course. Assessments will cover practical applications, written assignments, online exams, oral questioning and portfolio evidence.

Financial information

You will be expected to purchase an equipment kit (£183 approximately) which will include everything you need for practical lessons. 

A materials fee of £40.00 needs to be paid at induction. 

Tunic overalls are compulsory and you will be provided with an order form during pre-course interview (£20.00 approximately). 

Suitable text books must be purchased to assist with theory work. These will be discussed during interview/induction (£25.00 approximately). 

Trips to salon exhibitions at London (Edexcel) or Birmingham (NEC) are arranged where you are encouraged to attend as part of their course. (Cost is approximately £25.00) 

All kits, uniforms, books etc. must be purchased at the beginning of term. 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested Bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course should enable you to apply for the following areas: 

Employment in a Salon as Junior Assistant/Receptionist or Continue with your training on a Level 2 Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy course to become a Hair Stylist or Beauty Therapist. 

Progression to Level 2 is dependent on the following: 
- Minimum 90% attendance 
- Completion of NVQ Level 1 
- Satisfactory reports from all tutors 
- Acceptable behaviour/attitude 
- Ability to progress 
- Ability to meet deadlines 
- Successful selection at interview

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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