Overview of the course
Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.
The Level 1 qualification is ideal if you are looking to gain an insight into the hairdressing and barbering industry as you will learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and career progression in this sector.
With the opportunity to showcase your excellent people skills, creative flair and professionalism in our Wella salon, you will gain the experience that you need in order to move on to a career in anything from fashion, to film and TV, to owning your own business.
Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
What you'll learn
The course will cover:
• Health & Safety
• Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector
• Shampoo and Conditioning
• Present a Professional Image
• Hand Care
• Styling Women’s Hair
• Styling Men’s Hair
• Basic Make-up
• Colouring Hair using Temporary Colour
• Create a Hair & Beauty Image
• Working with Others
We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.
Elements of Study
Your programme consists of the following elements:
• Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
• English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
• Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
• Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
• Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
Your programme consists of the following elements:
You will need three GCSEs grades 1 – 3 including a GCSE in English at Grade 3.
You will also need a keen interest in hairdressing/beauty/barbering, along with motivation to work hard.
You will be invited for an informal interview and asked to provide a satisfactory school reference.
How will I be assessed?
You’ll be assessed flexibly through oral/written questions, assignments and practical work. We’ll also ask you to compile a portfolio of practical work to provide evidence of what you have learned.
Supporting your learning and wellbeing
We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to a full-time VRQ Level 2 course in either Hairdressing or Barbering.
Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for a Hairdressing or Barbering Apprenticeship and earn while you learn.
Following further study you could work as:
• A fully-trained Hairdresser where you could earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year, depending on experience.
• A Salon Manager, earning between £18,000 and £30,000 a year.
We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
• Meeting guest speaker employers and experts from the industry
• Visiting local salons
• Local and national competitions
• Participating in Showcases and events
As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.
You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.
You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
Gifted and Talented Programme
If you’re a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to complement your study programme experience.
Why choose us?
We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.
Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.
In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.
Our £75 million campus offers:
• A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
• Apple Mac suites
• A theatre and dance studios
• A café selling Costa coffee
• The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
• Signature restaurant
PLUS FREE EQUIPMENT WORTH UP TO £370
We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
How to apply?
Submit an application online by visiting www.boltoncollege.ac.uk/yp-application
Discover what Bolton College has to offer by attending one of our Open Events:
• Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
• Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
• Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30pm-8pm
• Futures4Me Event - Monday 7th October 2019, 3.30pm-7pm
Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.