Introduction into Hair and Beauty Level 1

This programme is designed to provide basic skills and a starting point in your training to become a beauty therapist or a junior stylist. The programme enables you to cover a broad overview of hairdressing and beauty therapy at Level 1 in order to allow you to progress on to the Level 2 and 3 qualifications.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

What Will I Learn?

You are taught through a number of practical sessions and assessments in our industry-standard salon, alongside classroom sessions and guided assignments. Alongside you main study programme you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Course Content

Introduction into Hair and Beauty Level 1 – Course Content

  • Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector
  • Presenting a Professional Image in a Salon
  • Following Health and Safety Practice in the Salon
  • Working with Others
  • Creating an Image Using Hair and Beauty Techniques


  • Providing Skin Care
  • Applying Basic Make-up
  • Providing Basic Manicure
  • Salon Reception Duties


  • Shampoo and Condition
  • Colour in the Hair and Beauty Sector
  • Styling Women’s Hair
  • Colour Hair using Temporary Colour
Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs (9-1) including English and Maths and an interview.

Kit Costs

Uniform: £40*
Practical Kit including make-up kit and text book: £143*

*All prices indicated must be considered as estimated and prices may change without notice.

What Can I Do Next?

Further study and training to level 2 is recommended. Progression to an Apprenticeship programme is also an option at level 2. Progression to Level 2 in Hairdressing Cutting and Styling Services or Level 2 Beauty Therapy.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Level 1 (16-18 Year Old Learners)
LevelLevel 1
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 years old study programme only: Free


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