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Programme Description

This level one qualification is designed to create strong foundations for those who have an ambition for a career in the hairdressing industry. It covers basic hairdressing services from which you could progress to further courses. Learning in the college’s commercial training salon, you will develop the essential skills required to achieve your career path as a hairdresser. 

During the course you will develop practical expertise and essential knowledge of the industry. This course provides you with the practical opportunities allowing you to put your skills into practice in a real hairdressing salon environment. 

Throughout this course, you will be assessed through practical skills tests and written assignments/exams that will run alongside the modules you are studying. 

At a Glance

  Full Time

  1 Year

  Cardigan Campus

Programme Features

Our salons are specifically designed for training purposes and have all the latest equipment and resources. Candidates will need to be highly motivated and be willing to work as part of a team. As a department we are keen to encourage students to reach their full potential by participating in both in- house and national competitions. 

We also run enrichment days to include, affinage training, ear piercing, hair extensions and theatrical make-up. You will also have the opportunity to attend trade shows, seminars, workshops as well as organised sector related trips. 

The college runs a commercial training salon which is open to the public and provides a real working environment, allowing you to gain a sense of how it will feel to work in the industry. There is also an emphasis on supporting you in becoming an independent learner through individual planning, target setting and development. 

You will be part of a thriving programme of activities including trips and events as well as taking part in national competitions which can lead to international competition work. 

Programme Content

You learn with your assessor through practical sessions, group discussions or assignments. You'll have access to a realistic hairdressing environment where you'll practice and demonstrate your skills.

The course units are listed in the programme description. Each unit contains an element of both theory and practical work. There will also be integrated numeracy and literacy work within the units as learners will be expected to carry out an essential skill in both these topics.

Progression & Employment

If you pursue a career in Hairdressing you may gain employment through any of the following routes:


-Self Employed

-Hotels and Spas 

-Cruise ships

-Theatre & Film

Method of Assessment

Practical work will be assessed using observation methods and product evidence. The theory work will be assessed with assignments and  online multiple-choice exams. 

Entry Requirements

Three GCSE grades at A* to G in either English/Welsh (first language) or maths or equivalent. Must attend and be successful at an interview.

All learners will follow a skills pathway in which they will develop their literacy and numeracy skills for employment. Students who do not yet have the necessary GCSE grades at C or above will have additional teaching and support to study for either GCSE or Essential Skills Qualifications depending on prior GCSE grades. 

Additional Costs

Hairdressing kit in the region of £140

Uniform in the region of £80

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25.00 prior to enrolment

You will need to provide your own stationary, and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits

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Park Place
SA43 1AB
01239 612032

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Llanbadarn Fawr
SY23 3BP
01970 639700

Coleg Ceredigion is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 08725643 and is a registered charity No. 1154557.
The registered office is at Park Place, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1AB