This course is designed for 16-19 year olds.

Our Hairdressing and Beauty Skills course is designed to introduce you to the Hair, Beauty and Media industries. Once you have completed your hands-on training, you will be ready to progress to either a Level 2 Hair or Level 2 Beauty course, which will form your second year of college.

Throughout the course you will be trained and assessed to achieve your qualification as well as receive training which reflects the reality of the industry and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge required to progress your career.

This is the first year of a 2-3 year course after which you have the option of progressing to Level 2 Hairdressing, Level 2 Beauty or an apprenticeship.

The course is scheduled over 4 days per week and will be a mixture of theory and practical.

The entry requirements for this course are:


  • 4 GCSE grades 1-2 or including maths or English

You will be trained and assessed across the following areas:


  • Health and Safety

  • Customer Service

  • Shampooing and treatments

  • Blow drying and setting

  • Temporary colour and hair up designs

You will be assessed across a mixture of theory and practical assessments which will be carried out to industry standards.

The assessment methods will be a mix of the below:

  • Practical assessments

  • Theory based assessments

  • Online exams

Your progression from this qualification will be either of the below pathways:

  • Level 2 Hairdressing course at Waltham Forest College

  • Level 2 Beauty course at Waltham Forest College

  • Apprenticeships

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