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Hair & Beauty - Level 1 Diploma (Introduction)

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Course Code: FE0275-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: VTCT Diploma in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector Level 1 Awarding Body: VTCT

Course aims

This introductory course will provide you with the knowledge and experience needed to progress to one of our Level 2 courses. Based in our public salons, our industry-experienced teachers will offer support and guidance to develop your skills in a range of basic techniques and treatments, allowing you to gain confidence in a friendly and professional environment.

Entry requirements

This Level 1 course is for students who have fewer than 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above. You should have at least 2 GCSEs at grade 1 or above, preferably including English, maths and science.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Shampooing and conditioning 
  • Hair plaiting and twisting 
  • Make-up application
  • Face painting
  • Hand and skin care
  • Nail art
  • Presenting a professional image 
  • Customer service and employability 
  • Styling women’s hair
  • Styling men’s hair
  • The art of dressing hair 
  • Temporary colour
  • Reception duties
  • Create a hair and beauty image

Why this course at the MET?

  • Professional salons that are open to the public
  • Modern, up-to-date facilities
  • Industry-experienced teachers
  • Supportive and friendly environment

Our commercial salon, based at Broadwater Campus, is the perfect learning environment for our students. Popular with local customers, the salon is run as a professional business, which allows our students to gain real-life work experience that is so valued by future employers. The excellent salon facilities are accompanied by well-equipped classrooms and IT facilities to support learning. Students on the Make-up and Hair Artistry course benefit from a dedicated workshop/salon area for their studies.

Our expert tutors have years of professional experience and inspire our students to reach their potential and prepare them for employment. The MET has excellent links with the industry and you will take advantage of this through guest lectures/visits.

The MET's Broadwater Campus offers a modern and well-equipped environment in which to learn about the exciting Hair and Beauty industry. Students benefit from industry-standard equipment as well as enjoying Starbucks beverages on-site, hot and cold food from our excellent canteen, IT suites for research projects and the Learning Resource Centre (Library).

Further study and future careers

Further study

You can progress to one of the MET's Level 2 courses in Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or Make-up & Hair Artistry.

Future careers

  • Hairdresser
  • Beauty therapist
  • Make-up artist
  • Salon/spa receptionist
  • Hotel/cruise ship work


Further study and future careers
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Hairdressing or beauty salon manager/proprietor

Typical Tasks:

  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Controls the allocation, training and remuneration of staff.
  • Provides clients with information and advice on styles and treatments, and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Ensures clients' records are maintained.
  • Undertakes and/or directs hair treatments and/or beauty therapy.
  • Checks and maintains any equipment, and ensures that all safety requirements are met.
  • Demonstrates, advises on and sells hair and/or beauty products.
  • Ensures financial accounts for the business are maintained.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 0.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,873

AVERAGE £27,651

POTENTIAL £50,603

Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics

Hairdresser or barber

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses customer requirements, analyses hair condition and other relevant features to define and advise on hair style.
  • Washes, conditions, bleaches, tints or dyes hair and provides any necessary basic scalp treatments.
  • Cuts and trims hair using scissors, clippers, razor and comb.
  • Combs, brushes, blow-dries or sets wet hair in rollers to style or straighten.
  • Shaves and trims beards and moustaches.
  • Collects payment, arranges appointments and cleans and tidies salon.
  • Maintains client records and keeps up-to-date with new products, styles and techniques.
  • Ensures hair products are stored and used appropriately and observes relevant health and safety factors.
  • Demonstrates, sells and recommends hair care products to clients and advises them on hair care.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 5.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £12,578

AVERAGE £15,152

POTENTIAL £21,411

Desired Skills:
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
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