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Introduction to Hairdressing

Course Code:AN1250A

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This course will enable you to gain a general introduction to the hairdressing sector and to understand the requirements of working in the industry.

What the course is about

With the other learners in your class, you will develop your practical skills and gain an insight into the hairdressing industry and how you should present a professional image in the salon.

This course will give you the opportunity to perform basic hair services while assisting others in the salon.

The topics you will work on are:

  • Introduction to the hair sector
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon

You will then be able to develop skills in the following areas:

  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Shampoo and conditioning hair
  • Styling men's or women's hair
  • Colouring hair using temporary colour

A variety of learning activities will be used on this course, including tutor presentation and demonstration, practical application of skills, individual and group work, discussions, Q&A, internet research, individual research and project work. Where relevant, your learning will enable you to develop skills and knowledge required for work. There may be vocational specialist guest speakers, or employers, invited to share their skills and experience.

Regular home study will be necessary to successfully complete this course. You will be supported to develop good study skills. Your tutor will also support you to improve your English and Maths skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject.
This is a course is subsidised by public funding. You will be required to complete all of the necessary coursework/assignments or exams by the given deadlines.

Please note: if you do not successfully complete the course within this academic year, you will not be able to repeat it at the subsidised fee.

For further information on the syllabus for this course please go to

Pre-course information session or interview

You will be required to attend an Admission Session prior to enrolling on this course.

If you have any certificates for qualifications in this subject area, or for English or maths, please give details of these in your application.

PLEASE NOTEplaces on some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately, as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner (see Additional Information below).

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Assessment of progress, tests, exams

Your tutor will work with you to develop and review your progress throughout the course.

There is no qualification attached to this course.

You will negotiate a Personal Learning Plan with your tutor identifying the areas you need to develop, which will be reviewed at regular intervals.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This course has been designed to prepare you for employment as a supervised assistant/apprentice or for further learning in the hairdressing industry.

Further qualifications at level 2 are required in order to qualify to work as a junior stylist/therapist in a Hairdressing Salon.

No previous knowledge of hairdressing is required.

English language and maths skills at Level 1 are favourable. You may be asked to complete an online assessment in English (and maths if applicable) prior to submitting a course application or as part of an admission session.

There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required - and intend to sit the examination if applicable. 

Materials and costs

You will need a pen and paper, plus a folder for your own work and any information given.

You will need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and guidance will be provided at your first session by your tutor. There is no requirement to buy a kit as all equipment will be provided.

Course costs

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Please note if you do not attend a pre-booked practical or theory exam without giving the required notice you will be invoiced for the cost. Details of the fees and cancellation notice periods required are available on request.

Next Step

You may wish to consider progressing to the Hairdressing Level 2 Pathway to further develop your skills and gain the necessary qualifications for working in the Hairdressing Industry.

Other courses may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.

There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work.

There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year.

Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education.

Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes and Apprenticeship training.

See our website www.skillsandlearningace.comfor more details.

Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible options with you. You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the National Careers Service

For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

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Course Details

Start Date28 April 2022

LocationOakdale Centre, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 3DL


Time09:30 - 15:00

Duration10 weeks

SubjectHairdressing and Barbering


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £235. Concessions FREE.


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