Would you like a career in hairdressing or beauty therapy? Our Level 1 course is ideal if you’re at the start of your journey and will give you a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to help you progress. You’ll learn and work in the Aspire Academy of Hair and Beauty, the College’s own salon located at our Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury campuses. The salons feature professional products and industry-standard equipment; you’ll experience a realistic and immersive working environment while being fully supported by our experienced lecturers. In our salons you will work with members of the general public who are paying clients, giving you an incredible insight into the real world of work – both on reception and in the salon itself.
What will I learn?
Whilst on this course, you’ll learn a range of skills and topics that may include:
• Introduction to the Hair and Beauty sector
• Presenting a Professional Image in a Salon
• Follow Health and Safety in the Salon
• Salon Reception Duties
• Skin Care
• Applying Basic Make-up
• Themed Face Painting
• Providing Basic Manicure Treatments
• Shampooing and Conditioning
• Men’s Styling
• Women’s Styling
• Hair Plaiting
• Colour hair using temporary colour
These units are subject to change.
The hairdressing department works with local employers to enrich your experience on the course. You will participate in structured work experience or work placements within their businesses, as well as exciting and unique lectures on specialist topics given by industry experts.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
You will have practical assessments in the Aspire salons, as well as theory-based assignments.
You will need to complete approximately three hours of home study per week.
Work experience is an essential part of your course and you will be expected to attend a salon one day per week. This will give you hands-on, practical experience of working in the industry.
The final qualification is a Level 1 Diploma in Hair and Beauty Therapy.
Usual entry requirements are 4 GCSEs at grade 1 or 2 or equivalent experience, but entry is determined on an individualised basis and subject to an interview.
Additional Costs and Information
You will need a uniform and kit for this course – this will be discussed at your interview. In cases of financial hardship, funds may be available to help with the cost of this.
We also arrange educational activities and competitions as part of the course, which may incur an additional cost.
What Could I Do Next?
You could progress onto a Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy, Hair and Media Makeup, Hairdressing or Barbering.Your employment opportunities could include: • Assistant Hairdresser or assistant Beauty Therapist • Salon Receptionist • Cosmetic counter representatives • Working for a hair or cosmetics company