York College

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Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

Up to £27,000

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Beauticians and related occupations

Up to £31,000

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Hairdressers and barbers

Up to £30,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.


One year, approximately 3 days per week.

What will I study?

This is an introduction to Beauty Therapy and Media Make-up - providing a stepping stone to Level 2 Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or Hair and Media Make-up.

The programme of study includes:

  • Basic skin care
  • Basic make-up techniques
  • Basic manicure treatments
  • Simple nail art
  • Face painting
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon
  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Reception duties

Additional activities

  • Home study
  • Competition work
  • Work experience
  • Possible charity work
  • English and Maths (if student hasn't achieved a grade 4 or above)

How will I be assessed?

Practical assessments on colleagues and clients.

Oral / written questions and assignment work.

What could it lead to?

You can progress on to the Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up, Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy. 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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