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Hairdressing is taught in our purpose built, industry standard hair salon. The course that is currently followed is the City and Guilds 3001 Level 1 Certificate: ‘An Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector’. This qualification consists of a core introductory unit plus practical modules on shampooing, presenting a professional image, styling and colouring.

The hairdressing course, which is popular with both male and female learners, provides opportunities for pupils to practice customer care, to apply their hairdressing skills using a variety of ‘clients’ including their class mates to members of staff.  All pupils learn how to use basic equipment such as a hairdryer, combs, brushes and rollers. Safety is of paramount importance, particularly in the use of dyes which pupils may apply under strict supervision.

During the 2-year course, all pupils will experience and practise the following practical skills:

  • Washing hair
  • Applying shampoo and conditioner   
  • Drying hair
  • Styling hair
  • Perming
  • Applying rollers
  • Setting
  • Colouring
  • Plaiting
  • Looking after customers
  • A simple manicure

Assessment is through completion of a portfolio of underpinning knowledge, together with direct observation of the pupil demonstrating key practical skills (eg. shampooing) on a client. This structure ensures the pupil has acquired both the basic understanding and the practical competence to meet the assessment criteria. Pupils may attempt the practical tasks as many times as necessary in order to pass. Quality assurance is performed by both internal and external quality assurers, supported by the awarding body external quality assurance visits each year. A photographic record is kept of pupils at work performing a variety of tasks.

This course is suitable for any pupil who is keen to try out the Hair and Beauty Sector or who knows they would like to become a hairdresser in the future.