Course overview

Introduction to Hair and Beauty Level 1 Foundation City of Bristol College

This one-year vocational course will introduce you to the hair and beauty sector. It will help you develop skills to progress onto a City and Guilds course within your chosen sector, an apprenticeship or employment.

You will complete a Level 1 BTEC Introductory Vocational Studies qualification and develop your employability skills.

You will also learn English and Maths at the right level for you.

This course for school leavers aged 16-18.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

If you’re a school leaver and interested in hair and beauty, this course is an ideal stepping stone towards achieving your ambition.

What you'll learn

During this vocational course, you will:

  • complete a series of hair and beauty assignments.
  • learn how to organise yourself and develop a Personal Progression Plan.
  • develop your employability skills.
  • undertake volunteering or work experience.

How will I develop my English and Maths skills?

  • If you already have a GCSE Grade 2 or 3 in English and Maths, or Level 1 Functional Skills, you’ll be supported to achieve a higher grade of 4 or above.
  • If you’ve already achieved an entry-level Functional Skills qualification, you will progress to the next entry level or to Level 1 Functional Skills if you’ve already achieved Entry Level 3
  • If you don’t have any English or Maths qualifications, you will be individually assessed and placed at the best level for you to succeed. You can also book into Study Plus if you need extra support.

Course entry requirements

Our entry requirements for Level 1 are:

  • Two GCSEs Grade 2 (E) or above including Maths or English


  • Entry 2 or above Maths and English Functional Skills

You will need to attend an informal interview. Please bring a recent school report and record of attendance.

This course for school leavers aged 16-18.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This is a one-year, full-time course. You will be expected to attend College for three or four days a week

During this course, you will be assessed in a variety of different ways to give you the best opportunity to demonstrate your skills throughout the year.

You will be mainly assessed through practical activities.

Future career and study opportunities

You could progress onto a trade-specific Level 1 course, a Level 2 course, an apprenticeship or employment.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

You will need to buy a college uniform, which costs around £32, and kit which costs around £100.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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