Course Details

  • Designed for anyone who wants to get a full, comprehensive introduction to a wide range of practical hairdressing skills, this Level 1 Diploma will give you a good, solid understanding of relevant techniques and lay the foundations for further study and an exciting future career.

    You’ll start with a wider look at the whole hair and beauty sector, focusing on how to present a professional image in the salon and how to follow health and safety regulations correctly. Throughout the course, you’ll develop your skills in shampooing, blow-drying and styling both women’s and men’s hair, as well as learning how to section hair effectively and apply temporary colour.

    With optional units to choose from as well, you can also learn how to plait and twist hair effectively. You’ll be learning in a real working environment and developing all the skills and abilities you’ll need for employment.

  • You don’t need to have any formal qualifications to enrol on this diploma, but we do ask that you are working at Entry Level 3 or above in both Literacy and Numeracy.

    Of course, you should also be passionate about working in this industry. We’ll invite you for a short initial assessment too, to check this course is suitable for you. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSEs in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements

  • Both practical assignments and written work will form the basis for your assessment on this diploma, with regular tasks to complete throughout the year.

    You’ll be building a portfolio of all your skills and abilities, from assessments, observations, written tests, work placements, and weekly tutorial sessions.

  • All the skills you learn on this course will be preparing you for future employment as a hairdresser or other related career in the hair and beauty industry.

    After completing this diploma, you’ll have the opportunity to advance onto other courses with us at The Manchester College and expand your hairdressing knowledge and abilities further, with diplomas in Barbering, Hairdressing Studies, African Caribbean Hairdressing and Creative Hair Design.

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  • If you’re between the ages of 16 and 18 and enrolling on this course for the first time, you won’t need to pay any tuition fees.

    There may be some additional equipment costs and if you’re not sure about how to afford college, there are a number of support options that could help you. These include special grants and bursaries, reductions in fees and loans just for education. You can find out more on our fees, finance and funding page.

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  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

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In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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