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. Salim Bekkaoui

    Barbering Level 2

    Salim Bekkaoui

    “The teachers were really great and very knowledgeable. The college is very welcoming, friendly, positive and supportive, and it’s a great environment to study in. After my course I’m going to continue working in a barber's to gain more experience and then I’m going to open my own business, which has always been my goal. Doing this course has been a big step towards achieving my goal.”

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