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Hairdressing: Level 1 VRQ Diploma

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Course Summary

This course introduces you to a mixture of hair and beauty units to give you the breadth of the industry that you are entering. The course will incorporate Level 2 skills in to the practical sessions in order to stretch your skills in preparation for Level 2. We would love you to come along to an open evening to witness our amazing facilities for yourselves.

Course Code:N4361
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 1
Award:Hairdressing: Level 1 - Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector: City & Guilds VRQ Diploma
Awarded by:City & Guilds
Course Length

This is a full-time one-year course

Course Detail

Nescot’s Hair & Beauty Academy has been through some exciting changes. We have completely refurbished the training salons and theory room and are now delighted to have a state of the art, commercial salon in partnership with Toni & Guy on site. All of our team are excellent teachers as well as senior-level hairdressers and beauty therapists with outstanding industry experience.

All Nescot Hairdressing staff have been trained by Toni&Guy in their cutting and colouring techniques and we use this approach with our hairdressing teaching here at the College.

Toni&Guy provide:

  • Two workshops/demonstrations on these techniques each year for our hairdressing students held at their prestigious Academy in Central London
  • Motivational and success recognition opportunities to reward highly successful Nescot students, including the opportunity for backstage access at London Fashion Week
  • Nescot hairdressing students with salon work experience and details of job opportunities, (subject to them demonstrating the right skills and attitudes necessary).

Units you will cover on this course:

  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Skin care
  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image
  • Styling women’s hair
  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Basic make up application
  • Providing basic manicures
  • Colour hair using temporary colour

Timetable and assessment

  • You will be continually assessed on your practical and written work.
  • Theory lessons where you will prepare for your exams.
  • Practical lessons where observations will be carried out.
  • A work placement to gain industry knowledge
  • Weekly tutorial support to continue to develop your employability skills
  • English and maths functional skills
  • Personal and social development skills

Assessment includes written assignments and practical observations.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,085

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

Students will be expected to buy their own materials for the course, including a uniform, kit and book. These can be ordered at enrolment from nominated suppliers

Entry Requirements

Three GCSEs at Grade 3 plus a good reference and successful completion of pre-interview written task. If students do not possess a Grade 3 in English, then a minimum of Entry Level 3 must be achieved in English at initial assessment.

Your Next Steps

You can go on to do a Level 2 hairdressing qualification. We have a fantastic conversion rate for Level 1 learners successfully progressing to a level 2 course.

Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021