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Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing City & Guilds NVQ Level 1 Diploma at Bedford College

Course description

This customer-focused professional course will equip you with the skills needed to begin a career in beauty therapy.

Course content

During the course you will study topics including manicures, facials and make-up at our professional High Street salon. The course also includes an aspect of hairdressing including shampoo and conditioning hair, blow drying and plaiting hair giving you experiences in both aspects of the industry. You will also study GCSEs or Functional Skills in Maths and English.

Units studied during the course will include:

  • Ensuring responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety
  • Contributing to the development to effective working relationships
  • Preparing and maintaining salon treatment work areas
  • Assisting with facial skincare treatments
  • Assisting with nail services
  • Assisting with day make-up
  • Assisting with salon reception duties
  • Preparing for hair services and maintaining work areas
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair
  • Blow drying hair
  • Plaiting and twisting hair.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in BROOKS’ annual Hair & Beauty Show, skin care product training, and enrichment workshops. You will also have the opportunity to visit to New York for a skin care and make-up seminar.

Entry requirements

To start this course you will need to have a genuine interest in the beauty therapy industry and a desire to follow a career in the industry. Some evidence of studying at GCSE level or successful completion of an entry level qualification would be an advantage.


You will be assessed by the beauty therapy tutors as you carry out treatments on clients in BROOKS, Bedford College’s commercial salon. It must be stressed that full commitment is essential for your success, and you will be required to pass online end-of-unit assessment tests by the awarding body, as well as participating in group presentations.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course you can progress to the Beauty Therapy Level 2; alternatively, you may wish to study Nail Technologies or Hairdressing. Your course tutors and personal tutor will advise and guide you with your progression during your course. Alternatively you could progress onto a Level 2 beauty apprenticeship or an assisting junior therapist role in a salon or spa.

Further information

To take part in this course you will be required to pay for a uniform (£49) and for your personal equipment (£41.62). You will also need to pay £37.50 for trips/visits.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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