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Our Hairdressing , Beauty,  Hair and Media Makeup Level 1 course give you the opportunity to work in our exceptional on-site salon Inspires.

Taking on this course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of hairdressing and beauty skills which will prepare you to progress into industry.


What makes Hairdressing at HRC special?

We are proud to say that the 100% of our learners achieved on this course (2018-2019)

With a total of eleven hairdressing and beauty salons, Inspires is one of the largest and most advanced salons of any college in the country and is open to members of the public

You will be interacting with customers and improve your business understanding and customer service abilities working in busy client session

During your time at HRC, you will be taught by tutors and lecturers with a wealth of experience in the industry who have worked for high-end and well-known brands including Wella

Trips and visits are to Professional Beauty and salon international events and participate in competitions to expand your creative flair

What can I do next?

You can progress onto Diploma Level 2 Hairdressing or Hair and Media Make-up  or Beauty Therapy 
After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose 
 Progression on to further courses in hairdressing industry

We're proud that our students go onto careers including:
 Level 2 Diploma Hairdressing

 Level 2 Hair and Media make up

Level 2 Beauty Therapy

Level 2 Barbering

What will I be doing?

This is a one-year programme that will enable you to develop the skills essential for employment in the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industry, working in a hairdressers and all other aspects of the hairdressing industry.

Topics covered include
Completing services on clients include shampoo, conditioning and  styling, Working relationships with others in Hair and Beauty, Presenting a professional image in the salon, skin care ,applying basic makeup, themed face painting, English and Maths, work experience and Health and Safety .

Added Extras

There's lots of perks to this course, including:

Opportunities to build your employability skills, including workshops run by leading names in the industry

Working on a placement whilst achieving the qualification broadens experience and confidence

Taking part in exciting projects and events, such as competitions and assisting in client sessions

How will I be assessed?

Your theory and practical knowledge will be assessed throughout the year by your tutors, in preparation for your practical assessment to be completed on clients

The theory knowledge will be delivered in class and opportunity to expand this with independent study and online test will be completed after every unit.

All units have written elements to be completed and presented in a professional way

Entry requirements

To take on this course you will need:

  • Have a minimum of 120 GCSE points to include a qualification in English 
  • To demonstrate good attendance and timekeeping, the ability to meet deadlines and have excellent skills development by reference of attendance and previous course taken.
  • If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

There are some items you will need to purchase in advance of the course which you should expect to replace as and when you need to during the year.

You will need to purchase personal stationery. Kit and uniform are ordered and purchased by students. Kits are non-refundable once the course starts and cost approx £160.

For students progressing from within the department, previous kit items could be appropriate but additional items may need to be purchased (depending on previous course).

Payment for optional enrichment activities are detailed throughout the year.

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria.

Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

Fee Information

Free to Home students under 19 on 31st August 2023.

If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2023, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2022/2023 and could be subject to change for 2023/2024).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list. Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition.

You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

These fees are indicative of the 2022-23 costs and may be subject to change

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