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Entry Level 3 City & Guilds Introduction to Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This is a one year full time combined course and you will be able to find out about working in a hairdressing salon and beauty salon.  The course will prepare you for the Level 1 Diploma programmes.
•  You will need to look smart
•  You will need to have a passion for the hairdressing or beauty industries
•  You will be meeting customers so you need to present a professional image
•  You need to attend all lessons on time
•  You will be advised of any materials you will need to purchase for your course, such as a hair or beauty
‌    kit and salon uniform, when you attend the Welcome Event

Below are examples of some of the units that may be included.
•  Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
•  Presenting a professional image
•  Planning your progression
•  Completing a community project
•  Work based experiences
•  Health and Safety
•  Shampooing and conditioning
•  Plaiting
•  Female Hair Styling
•  Create an image based on a theme
•  Hand care
•  Skin care
•  Basic Makeup Application
Units will vary according to the awarding body criteria.

You will be covering an additionality to improve your employability skills and personal development while at college.
As with all our programmes, this course includes tutorial sessions and individual reviews, giving you individual time with your personal tutor. You may also be required to study and achieve further qualifications in English and Maths to assist in your personal development.
You will spend an evening each week in our salons, to build up your commercial experience.

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements but desire to learn.
Keen interest in your chosen subject area.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Learning will be both practical and written.
•  You will begin by working on each other
•  You will also work with clients within our hairdressing and beauty salons

Assessment will take place in The Park where the college's hair and beauty salons are based. You will have the opportunity to use an extensive range of high quality hair products and excellent new specialist equipment. You will be expected to demonstrate your competence in all units to the standard required in industry.

Assessment takes place throughout the programme by a variety of methods including:
.  Practical assessment
.  Discussion
.  Written assessment by assignment and/or tests
.  Projects, portfolio and a log book

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

On successful completion of all parts of the course and with good attendance, you can progress on to either a VRQ Level 1 Hairdressing programme, a VRQ Level 1 Beauty programme or the VRQ Level 1 Hair & Media Make-up programme.

Hair and Media Make-up can provide an exciting and rewarding career if you are practical and creative and enjoy working with clients.  It is a demanding occupation which requires good health, stamina, a capacity for hard work and the ability to work well as part of a team.  It will give you an insight into a commercial salon environment.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 2nd May 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 04 April 2019
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