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Course Code: FE0537-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Qualification: VTCT Diploma in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector Level 1 Awarding Body: VTCT

Why this course?


This entry level diploma is aimed at getting you started in the hair and beauty sector. This introductory course will prepare you for employment, help you develop personal and social skills and teach you a range of techniques applicable across the hair and beauty sectors.

This course covers a combination of practical work and theory. It will encourage you to work independently as well as in a group.

The course provides an overview of the industry and enables you to progress on to a higher level course.

Studying hairdressing at Brighton MET is hands-on, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and experience to progress to employment or further study. Training in our professional salons, you will develop your skills in customer service, communication and commerciality, preparing you for work in salons, hotels, airlines, cruise liners and department stores in the UK or overseas.

Start dates

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  • alumni Views Simon Webster Hairdressing
    Simon is a is a UK Guest Artist for KMSHair, a member of The Fellowship For British Hairdressing and freelance educator. He studied Hairdressing at Brighton MET college over 30 years ago, winning our Annual Hair show in 1986.
  • student Views Louise Ford Level 1 Hairdressing
    I've enjoyed making people happy and smile. If people are having a bad time, having their hair done will make them feel better. This course has given me more confidence. I like doing Hairdressing.
  • student Views Heidi Green Level 1 Hairdressing
    I have learned how important attendance and punctuality is and am building my confidence with clients, learning new techniques, and discovering skills that I will make a career out of. Best thing I did was apply for this course!
  • alumni Views Alice Robson NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing
    Alice has recently opened her own salon called ‘Eden’ here in the North Laine in Brighton.
  • student Views Shopna Begum Level 1 Hairdressing
    This course has helped me to learn new skills and meet others. I have learned to work with others including customers. I can put up hair in a variety of styles including plaiting and different techniques. I know how to set and style hair and much more.
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Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for students with low GCSE grades. However, a reasonable standard of literacy and numeracy is required along with an appropriate reference.

Entry is dependent on interview.

You will be expected to present yourselves in a professional manner, be polite and courteous. You will attend college wearing a uniform, with your hair up, nails cut short and free from varnish, and strictly no jewellery or facial jewellery is allowed. You will be expected to arrive punctuall and attend all classes.

These are all requirements of the awarding body.

Entry Requirements

Course content

The practical units you will cover include:

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Makeup - face painting to a theme
  • Shampoo and condition hair
  • Create an image
  • Provide manicures
  • Skin care
  • Styling men and women's hair
  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Managing money

Other skills

The course aims to develop your practical and professional skills as well as your communication skills.

Units you will cover include:

  • Developing self
  • Preparation for work
  • Healthy living
  • Working with others
  • Working towards a goal
  • Problem solving


  • Three well-equipped training salons and a commercial salon open to the public
  • High-end industry standard equipment and products
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Why the MET?

The course provides real-world training facilities. You will use quality professional kits and products in professional salons with paying customers.

Our highly-skilled teachers have current industry experience and the department has strong industry and employer links.

Throughout the course you will benefit from guest speakers and additional training from external companies, such as Wella and Balmain.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Work experience

We have very strong links with local employers, many of whom started their own careers at Brighton MET.

All of our students have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position within that company.

We hold an annual careers day where local, national and international employers will come and give seminars. This will give you valuable information and advice about progression opportunities and setting up your own businesses.

We also hold training days, trips to trade shows and have guest speakers to keep all of your training and knowledge current and up to date.

What's next?

Upon successful completion of this Entry Level 3 course you can progress to one of the MET's Level 1 courses in hairdressing or beauty therapy.

Future careers can include:

  • Salon stylist
  • Colourist
  • Hotel/cruise hairdresser
  • Department store hairdresser
  • Senior stylist
  • Freelance hairdresser
  • Salon owner

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase additional kit for this course:

  • Kit and uniform: approx. £350 (TBC ) 
  • Online resource: £25  
  • External trip to trade show: £25 
  • Portfolio/stationery: £5
Course costs

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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