Level 1 Certificate in Creative Hair and Beauty studies

Pre-Apprenticeship Course

Course: Level 1 Certificate in Creative Hair and Beauty studies

  • Overview

    This qualification is 2 days per week for 24 weeks and will also include Functional Skills in Maths and English. It is intended for learners who wish to explore their interest in the hair and beauty sector. It will help them gain an insight about the industry; learn useful basic skills and relevant background knowledge.
    This is an introductory programme and it should be understood that successful completion of the qualification does not imply a level of occupational competence. The qualification has been mapped to provide underpinning evidence towards the relevant NVQ, however, successful completion of this qualification does not imply occupational competence.
    The emphasis is on ‘learning by doing’ not on competence. For this reason, candidates are required to complete a number of assignments to show their attainment of practical skills and underpinning knowledge.

    These qualifications have been approved as Specialist Learning by the habia, the DDP and OfQual for the 14-19 Foundation Diploma in Hair and Beauty studies. Specialist Learning (SL) offers young people the opportunity to study a particular topic in more depth or broaden their studies through complementary learning. It has been designed to:

    • Complement Principal Learning within the Diploma in Hair and Beauty studies
    • Provide a broad background understanding of the Hair and Beauty Sector and an introduction to practical skills and knowledge required
    • Provide an awareness of the range of jobs and work settings in the sector
    • Enable learners to make an informed assessment of their own aptitude for work in this sector and to make informed decisions about careers; returning to work, career development options or possible career change
    • Encourage learners to reach a level of knowledge and skills that will facilitate progress into further vocational learning or to potential employment in the sector
    • Allow learners to learn, develop and practice selected skills required for progression in the hairdressing and beauty sector
    • Provide progression to Higher Diploma in Hair and Beauty studies or level 2 VRQ Diploma in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy or NVQ Level 2


    Level 1 Certificate in Creative Hair and Beauty studies Learners must complete the following units to achieve this qualification:

    • Unit 103 Styling women’s hair
    • Unit 104 Styling men’s hair
    • Unit 105 Plaiting and twisting hair
    • Unit 106 Basic make-up application
    • Unit 108 Nail art application
    • Unit 111 Colour hair using temporary colour


    This course is fully-funded for 16-18 year olds.

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