VTCT Diploma in Hair and Beauty Level 1

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time

Crosskeys Campus

Start Date

Start Date
03 September 2024


1 year

In a nutshell

This course covers both hairdressing and beauty therapy, allowing you to choose your specific route when you progress to the next level.

This course is for...

... you’re creative

... you have a keen interest in hair and beauty

... you’re unsure which route is right for you

Course content

On this course you’ll learn:

  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Temporary colouring
  • Plaiting and styling women's hair
  • Skin care
  • Basic manicure
  • Basic make-up and photographic make-up
  • Face painting
  • Nail art

The course is delivered through:

  • Theory classes
  • Practical workshops
  • Real salon environments at the college
  • Make up demonstrations and guest speakers from industry
  • Group work
  • Work placements
  • Trips and visits


You’ll be assessed through practical assessments, assignments, projects and multiple choice online tests covering the underpinning knowledge.

By studying this course you’ll achieve:

  • Level 1 Diploma in Hair & Beauty
  • Appropriate supporting qualifications to broaden your skill set and meet the needs of industry
  • Skills Activities
  • Maths and English
  • Creative Enrichment Skills (community activities and demonstrations)

After completion, you can progress onto a Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing, Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy or Level 2 Diploma in Fashion and Media Make-up Artistry with Wigs (depending on grades achieved in the combined course)

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 3 GCSEs (grade G or above) to include Maths/Numeracy and English/Welsh First Language or an appropriate Entry Level qualification. Applicants without the minimum GCSEs will be considered based on previous experience or other qualifications.

You will need to be self-motivated, hardworking, have a friendly personality and a high level of personal presentation.

Attendance and punctuality for all sessions is a major requirement of this course.

Additional information

Code of dress:

  • Tunic with black trousers and black shoes must be worn in salons
  • Hair must be neatly tied back off the face
  • Nail extensions and varnish must not be worn
  • No piercings or jewellery - only a wedding ring can be worn in the salon

As a condition of your place on this course, you will be expected to purchase the appropriate kit, from our approved supplier, costing approximately £166 subject to review/inflationary price increase.

To reflect industry expectations, you will be required to wear a Coleg Gwent salon uniform which is to be ordered from our approved supplier. Details on how to order your uniform, with supplier payment options, can be obtained from your Head of School, Lecturer or Technician. The price for 2024/2025 is around £45, subject to inflationary price increase.

Additional costs could occur during the year for educational visits.

All costs are under review and subject to change.

Where can I study VTCT Diploma in Hair and Beauty Level 1?

Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 03 September 2024

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team