West Thames College London

Foundation Hairdressing - VTCT Award in Hairdressing

This foundation course is designed to ensure that you can progress to further vocational studies or find employment. You will develop skills in hair alongside functional skills in English and maths. You will learn through class-based activities, workshops and work experience in the college salon.

Key course features


VTCT Level 1 Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector

Level: Level 1

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

School leavers who want an introduction to hairdressing.

About the course

You will learn through a variety of activities in the class and also through work experience in the college salons.

You will study:

  • How to shampoo and condition hair
  • Styling women's hair
  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Contribute to the development of effective working relationships
  • Support the health and safety of the salon
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon
  • Prepare for hairdressing services and maintain work areas
  • Teambuilding
  • Employability.

You will also study functional skills in English and maths.

You will have a personal tutor to guide and support you through the course. A weekly tutorial allows you and your tutor to develop individual learning plans that will assist in learning and in developing responsibility for your own learning.

Additional opportunities

You may be able to gain work experience in the college salons, and you may go on educational visits and participate in professional training and competitions.

How will I be assessed?

You will work toward the VTCT VRQ Award through practical assessments and by building a portfolio of work throughout the year. Regular reports on progress are provided to parents/guardians. The programme is unit based and is delivered individually at different stages throughout the course. You will be assessed when you feel you are competent.

There are four areas of assessment:

  • Practical: you carry out the skill
  • Oral: you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skill
  • Written: a portfolio of evidence or a written test or an assignment, depending on the unit.
  • Online tests.
Where next?

If you successfully complete this qualification you can progress to Level 2 Hairdressing or work as a salon junior.

Entry requirements
None, but you will have an assessment. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for students under 19 years.

You will need to purchase a hairdressing kit and uniform (£165). Financial support may be available to help with these costs. 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.


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