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About the course

This is the first year of formal training to become a professional hairdresser or barber. You will be trained in a broad range of skills that you will require to be confident in these careers. You will be in college for approx 3 days a week and will be required to study English and Maths also as part of your study programme, only students that have achieved a Grade 4 in both subjects will be expemt from this part of the programme. You will learn both theory and practical knowledge and this will support you in exams for each unit of your qualification and the practical tests that you will have to achieve in order to pass. You will be required to attend Employability lessons once a week to prepare you for work. You will also be expected to have real work experience in a professional hair salon or barber shop for a minmium of 60 hours over the year, this will be recorded and monitored by your course director, you will need to complete a log of the hours and experiences you have whilst in this placement. 


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Entry requirements

Students will have completed the Progression to Hairdressing course. Some students will be able to start at this level if they have achieved a grade 3 in English & Maths at GCSE. Some students may have completed an Entry level Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy programme during year 10 & 11 of Key Stage 4 in formal education, but will need to have also achieved at least a grade 3 in English & Maths.


This is a City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Hairdressing or Barbering.

What you'll learn (core modules)

There will be core units that every student must complete, unit 101 Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector, unit 102 Presenting a Professional Image in a Salon, unit 113 Follow Health & Safety in the Salon & unit 115 Working with others in the hair & beauty sector. Then there are optional units for students depending on if they are doing the hairdressing or barbering routes, these will cover all of the skills you will need to support your progression to level 2 programmes.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Working in the hairdressing, barbering & beauty industry attracts passionate, artistic and hardworking individuals, this is a demanding industry where maximum job satisfaction is guaranteed for the right person. A full time course here at WSC offers you the opportunity to work on building your knowledge and life skills whilst planned, focused training happens weekly to ensure you have the skills required to provide high standards and excellent customer service skills.  You will get the opportunity to take part in local and national competitions, to visit trade shows, experience training and experience showcase events that are related to both industries. You will benefit from endorsement of industry leaders and this will bring opportunites for employment that benefit your long term career.

This is an industry where teamwork, artistry and personal flair is part of every working day and that brings with it the responsibility and rewards that ensure that every day is a new and exciting challenge. If you are looking for a long term, varied career that motivates and inspires your passion then this is the career for you.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be on a unit by unit basis, each having both theory and practical elements to achieve, you will be given feedback as you progress through the skills and then once you are ready you will be prepared for assessment tasks. All achievement will be recorded on our ILP system and you will be given regular targets to achieve as you work through the qualification. You will have a work placemment log to complete that will record your hours at your placement salon/shop. You can use your Employability session to record your experiences and reflect on what you have learnt. You will need to gain this work placement, so find a business that is easy to travel to.  

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

West Suffolk College, In Vogue Salon.

Where will the course take me?

You may progress on to achieve a  Level 2 Professional Standard in Hairdressing or Barbering, this would mean you would be employed in a salon and studying to achieve your qualification alongside full time work on an apprenticeship. 

Another option is to stay on as a full time student and progress onto a  Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hairdressing or Barbering.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Yes there will be uniform to purchase and some equipment too, as you will need to have the tools of the trade to perform your skills. The details regarding these tools, equipment and uniform will be given out as you enrol onto the programme in late June. The uniform will consist of black tailored trousers or leggings, a tunic top or polo shirt, plain black cardigan and flat black closed in shoes/trainers. Each learner is required to buy a recommended text book that supports the knowledge delivered for this course. You will need to consider additional costs for trips and activities throughout the year.

How much will it cost?

There is Government funding for students between 16-19 years old for the cost of the course. The cost of uniform/kit/equipment will be discussed at enrolment, you will be given an order form and must order from that the complete kit.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply on line to enable us to contact you, then you will be invited in for an interview and for you to meet the team! Please have a look for a salon that will allow you to do your hours of work experience. Start to look at YouTube videos of how to do plaits and twists on longer hair, this is good for both hairdressers and barbers as you will need to learn the dexterity skills that are required to manipulate your clients hair. Spend time on Instagram looking at the most influential hairdressers and barbers to get a feel for what is on trend at the moment, see what styles and looks you are most intereted in learning how to achieve. 

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Days & times

Starting September 2020
Tuesday 10:15 - 16:15
Wednesday 09:15 - 16:15
Thursday 09:15 - 14:45

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