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 have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

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 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 years old study programme only: Free


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