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Pathways - Introduction to Beauty

Course Code: FE0129-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Pathways Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Entry requirements: See entry tab Qualification: LASER Introductory Certificate for Learning, Employability and Progression Level 1 Awarding Body: Laser

If you’re interested in working in beauty, this is an excellent introductory course. It provides you with lots of practical experience, knowledge and understanding of various treatments and techniques.

Being on a Pathways Level 1 course, you’ll receive excellent help and support from experienced tutors and teaching assistants. Working in small classes, you’ll notice that your self-confidence and self-esteem will grow. Level 1 also boosts your social skills and ability to get on with a variety of different people.

Your study programme will also include some supported English and Maths sessions and provide a first step towards gaining qualifications.

Please note: this is a professional course and you will be required to comply with professional standards. This includes wearing the required uniform and refraining from wearing nail extensions or piercings.

The MET welcome students from all walks of life and has courses specifically designed for those who may need some additional support in their learning.

Pathways courses are for students who, for many reasons, have not gained GCSEs. Perhaps you need to boost your confidence after a challenging time at school or maybe you just need some supported learning to help you on track to achieve your goals. Pathways courses are practical and fun and could be your stepping-stone to success.

Entry requirements

There are no GSCE requirements for these Entry Level courses, but your application will be reviewed for an appropriate level of skills and college readiness. ESOL applicants will require E3 or above.

Entry requirements

Course Units

Introduction to the beauty sector



Beauty treatments 

Why the MET?

Small group sizes

Gain a holistic understanding of the hair and beauty sector

Opportunity for work experience

Stepping stone to a level 2 course

Additional lessons in employability


Industry standard facilities

Individual support 

Confidence boosting 


Our Beauty department benefits from fantastic facilities that will provide you with a real-world training experience and a top education. 

Professional standard beauty and hairdressing salons that are open to the general public, providing a realistic working environment.

The use of industry branded equipment and products, plus additional training from external companies, such as Eve Taylor.

Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks.

Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support.


Work experience

Our beauty department has very strong links with local employers, many of whom started their own careers at Brighton MET. 

You will have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position or making valuable contacts.

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

What's next?

Following a Pathways course, you can progress to further training at Level 1 or sometimes Level 2, either full-time or as an apprentice. 

The Met is partnered with Francesco Group, who operate a professional hair and beauty salon on Campus. This provides a fantastic working and study environment for our students, who provide treatments to paying customers, giving them real-world experience vital for employment upon graduation. Our expert tutors will give you the skills and confidence necessary for this varied and exciting industry. 

Future careers include: 

Commercial salons 

Destination/day spas 

Nail salons 

Brand representative/retail 

Cruise liners 

Product trainer 

Self-employed therapist 

Make-up artistry 

Salon/spa reception 

Airlines or hotel chains 



Kit costs

You will need to buy uniform and kit for the course (approximately £500)


Please note this is a professional course and you will be required to comply with professional standards, this includes wearing the required full uniform, removing all piercings and jewellery and refraining from wearing nail extensions and nail varnish. 

Kit costs
  • Views Katie Cain Pathways Hair & beauty - Level 1

    “I really enjoyed the skincare and facial parts of the Pathways Hair and beauty course, which I can now use on myself at home. It's also helped me decide to do Beauty Level 2 at MET College next year.”


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.

ENTRY £15,873

AVERAGE £27,651


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

Beautician or related occupation

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses clients requirements, analyses and advises client on appropriate skin care, and applies treatments to the face or body.
  • Massages scalp, face and other parts of the body and carries out spray tanning.
  • Uses waxing, threading, sugaring and other epilation techniques to remove any unwanted body hair.
  • Cleans, shapes and polishes finger and toe nails, applies nail extensions.
  • Applies make-up to hide blemishes or enhance facial features and advises clients on skin care and make-up techniques.
  • Performs specialist treatments for conditions such as acne, applies skin rejuvenation therapies.
  • Recognises problems and refers clients to medical practitioners if appropriate.
  • Advises clients on diet and exercise to assist in weight loss and slimming.
  • Maintains client records, sells and advises on cosmetic products and services, and ensures appropriate health and safety issues are addressed.
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 0.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £13,767

AVERAGE £16,361


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