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Hair & Beauty Diploma Level 1 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

If you’re sociable, a good listener and want a career that makes others feel their best, then this course will enable you to gain the right level of qualifications to progress within the field of beauty therapy.

You will have the opportunity to treat members of the public in our suite of professional beauty treatment rooms.

This is an internationally recognised qualification which will enable you to apply for employment worldwide.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

This course will cover a range of interesting and relevant topics, including:

  • Health & Safety
  • Reception Duties
  • Health & Beauty Sector
  • Professional Image
  • Creation of a Health & Beauty Image
  • Working with Others
  • Shampooing & Conditioning
  • Skin Care
  • Manicure/Pedicure Treatments
  • Make-up
  • Face Painting
  • Nail Art
  • Creating an Image Using Colour
  • Temporary Colour
  • 30 Hour Work Placement

If required for your chosen HE course, you may wish to study Engligh & maths to Level 3.

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

GCSE English and maths at grade 3 (D) or above.


You will be assessed while working in the College salons on paying clients. The practical tasks are assessed and your achievements will be recorded in your logbook. There are oral questions to assess knowledge, as well as some assignment work. Records of all the work undertaken should be kept to provide evidence of competence; these will form the basis of your portfolio.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at college or university or continue your study with an Apprenticeship.

Following further study you could work as:

  • A Beauty Therapist, earning between £12,000 and £18,000 a year depending on experience with an average of £16,000
  • A Salon Manager, earning around £18,000 and £21,000 a year.
  • A Make-up Artist, with earning potential of £20,000 a year.

Further information

Further information

  • Teaching is delivered in industry-standard commercial salons
  • Study Programmes and Apprenticeships range from Pre-Entry to Level 5, including an Access to Higher Education pathway
  • Opportunity to practise treatments on paying members of the public


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Receive training from industry professionals, such as Ellisons, Studex, St. Tropez and Dermalogica
  • The annual Beauty Showcase, where you can display your creative and technical skills
  • Opportunity to raise money for charity through offering treatments to the public

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General Further Education College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications. 

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

In our last inspection we were graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their visit Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm - 7pm

Futures4Me Event

Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 3.30pm-7.30pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 December 2018
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