York College

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Hairdressers and barbers

Up to £30,000

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Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

Up to £27,000

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Who is this course aimed at?

Adults wanting an introduction to hairdressing.

This is a condensed course enabling those who have other commitments to study on a part time basis.

Overview of the course

  • Practical demonstrations
  • Practical activities to develop skills
  • Working on each other and blocks
  • Providing hairdressing services to clients
  • Theory / knowledge input – with direction to home study.
  • Ongoing assessment

Entry Requirements

Genuine desire and interest in hairdressing

Good work ethic

Good communication skills

Commitment to home study (at least 3 hrs a week)

Dates and Times

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Course Length

The course runs for 1 academic year.

3hrs x 35 weeks.

Course Modules/units

  • Working in the Hair Industry
  • Follow Health and Safety Practice in the Salon
  • Client Consultation for Hair Services
  • Shampoo and Condition the Hair and Scalp
  • Setting and styling
  • Blow drying hair
  • Customer Service in the Hair and Beauty Industry

Other work that you will cover as part of the course

  • Basic Cutting
  • Basic Colouring

Teaching Method(s)

The college has 2 large fully equipped Hairdressing Salons in which students will work. In addition to this there is a fully functioning Hair and Beauty reception.

  • Demonstration of hairdressing techniques
  • Opportunities for students to practice skills during lessons
  • Initial theory input followed by directed home / independent study.


  • Students are assessed through observation of practical skills and completion of home study tasks.
  • Students will also be required to produce assignments and successfully complete end of unit tests.
  • This Level 1 qualification provides students with the opportunity to progress onto a Level 2 hairdressing qualification.


£0 - £941

Additional costs

Students are generally required to purchase a kit; however, we are currently reviewing this situation.

All students will be required to wear a uniform. The details of this will be provided at a later date.

Skills you will develop

Students will also develop communication techniques, interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as a team.

Course progression

This Level 1 qualification provides students with the opportunity to progress onto a Level 2 hairdressing qualification.

Career progression

Students will gain skills that would enable them to work / assist in a hairdressing salon. Some adult learners chose to provide hairdressing services to family and friends. Ideally students will progress onto a L2 hairdressing qualification to further develop skills.

About the course tutors

All our teachers are fully qualified with up to date experience in industry.


Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

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