Award Crest
York College

Entry requirements

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More detailed entry requirement information will be available in due course.


One year, 3-4 days per week.

What will I study?

This is an introduction to hairdressing and beauty and working as a salon assistant, providing a stepping stone to Level 2 Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy.

The programme of study includes:

Introduction to the Hair and Beauty sector
Presenting a professional image in a salon
Health and Safety in the salon
Shampooing and conditioning hair
Plaiting and twisting
Styling women's and men’s hair
Colour hair using temporary colour
Reception duties
Skin care
Hand care
Basic makeup application
Nail art application
Themed face painting
WorkSkills including team work
Experience of work/work placement

Additional activities:

Home study
Competition work
Work experience

How will I be assessed?

Practical assessment, oral and written questions, written tests online, assignment work and an external written test for Functional Skills.

What could it lead to?

You can progress on to the Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy, although the progression route to Level 2 is not automatic. You will need to have successfully completed Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector Level 1 and any course you have been enrolled onto, and if your attendance and behaviour have been good and you have met your deadlines, you will be re-interviewed. Alternatively, you may go straight into a salon as a salon assistant/junior. The course also provides skills transferable to other subject areas.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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