West Thames College London

Destination Hair and Beauty (with ESOL support)

ESOL Destination courses are for more advanced ESOL students and consist of both English (ESOL) and vocational study, leading to nationally recognised qualifications. You will study ESOL with Hair and Beauty at Level 1.

Key course features


  • Edexcel ESOL Skills for Life
  • VTCT Level 1 in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector

Level: Level 1

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Adults whose first language is not English, who want to improve their English and gain basic knowledge and skills in hairdressing and beauty therapy. The course combines language learning with practical tasks in the college's salons in order to build your confidence and prepare you for further training and employment.

About the course

You will study:

  • Hairdressing skills
  • Health and safety
  • Beauty therapy
  • ESOL: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Additional opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in various additional activities including guest speakers and trips.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course and you will build a portfolio of work leading to VTCT Level 1 in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector. You will also work towards Skills for Life English.

Where next?

You will be encouraged to develop your own learning plans for the future and you will have the opportunity to get advice from careers advisers and other agencies. When you complete this course, you may wish to go on to further study leading towards Level 2 in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy, following a successful application and interview.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have any previous qualifications in hairdressing or beauty therapy. You should have a pass at ESOL Entry 3 or equivalent. You will be interviewed before you enrol on the course, and you will have a written assessment to establish your level of language skills. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

The course may be free if you are:
  • aged 19+ and in receipt of an active benefit (eg JSA or ESA)
  • aged 19+, unemployed and in receipt of a means-tested benefit (eg income support), and you are doing this course to improve your employment prospects
  • aged 19-23, have not taken this course before, don't already have a Level 2 qualification and aim to progress to Level 2.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Alina Hazraty

    Level 3 Beauty Therapy

    Alina Hazraty

    "The teaching is really good and the teachers are so helpful. Last year I did ESOL [English for speakers of other languages] support and it really improved my English. The client sessions have been really good. The practice has helped me to remember everything."

  2. Jolita Stiklakiene

    Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma

    Jolita Stiklakiene

    “I was really nervous about returning to study, but now I feel so much more confident in what I’m doing. The teachers have been really fantastic, friendly, supportive and helpful. I really enjoyed the course and really love the college, so I’ve decided to come back in September to do the Level 3. I’ve had the best time at this college.”

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