GCSE English and Maths is an advantage. You’ll take part in a group interview, where you’ll be able to ask questions after the course has been discussed. This is followed by a one to one interview. If you meet the course requirements you’ll be given a place on the same day.
Units on the course cover:
• Advising and consulting with clients
• Blow-drying and styling hair
• Colouring and lightening hair
• Cutting ladies' hair
• Health, safety and hygiene
• Setting and dressing hair
• Shampooing, conditioning, and treating the hair and scalp
• Styling hair with electrical equipment
A minimum of 30 hours’ work experience is compulsory for all 16 to 18 year-olds as part of the main programme. Adult learners also have the opportunity to participate in work experience but it is not mandatory.
There are many opportunities to participate in enrichment trips to places such as Harry Potter World, Drayton Manor, and Blackpool NCF Hair and Beauty competitions.
Practical elements of the course will be assessed in our state-of-the-art salons on the fifth floor within the college. You will be assessed on a service portfolio (coalition of learner’s work throughout the course). Practical exams make up 50% of the grade for each unit studied. There are two exams that are completed online with the opportunity to retake a second time if required. All exams are marked externally by the awarding body and make up 30% of the grade. A practical synoptic exam equates to 20% of the final grade which will be Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *.
After successfully completing this course, you can go on to study the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing or Level 3 Diploma in Production Arts.