Hairdressing & Barbering Certificate NVQ (Pre-apprenticeship)

Hairdressing & Barbering Certificate NVQ (Pre-apprenticeship)

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Level: Level 1

Where will this course lead?

Our Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing is a specialist vocationally related introductory qualification designed for those interested beginning a career in hairdressing with little or no previous experience of working in a salon. There will be the opportunity to apply for an Apprenticeship programme in hair and that this level 1 will provide a good foundation to an apprenticeship and progression on to our level 2 program.

What will I study?

During this course you will study:
- Prepare for hair services
- Contribute to the development of working relationships
- Blow dry hair
- Shampoo and condition
- Assist with hair colouring and lightning services
- Plait and twist hair using basic techniques

Personal and Social development - This includes work experience, target setting, learning from people you work with, living a healthy life.

How will this course be delivered?

The practical elements of this course will be delivered in the college commercial salons and the other half of the program involves theory sessions for assignments, external tests and portfolio building, work experience to provide employability skills. There will be opportunities from the end of March to progress onto Apprentiships programs and learn advanced skills towards Level 2

What qualifications will I get?

Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by practical observations, course work, assignments and external tests.

How do I get a place on the course?

Apply on line and places are offered by an interview.

What are the entry requirements?

To gain entry to this course you need:

- Satisfactory reference

- Successful interview

With a D grade in English literacy

What else do I need to know?

A minimum of 94% attendance is needed to complete the course however, 100% is expected.

One week of compulsory work experience will take place during the course. 

Additional costs for this course are as follows:
- Hairdressing kit: £161
- Uniform: £50
- You will need to pay for your Kit and uniform

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes. If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades additional one to one sessions are available from our learning zone and are arranged by you and your tutor around your time table.

If you have Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Solihull College & University Centre offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

Most learners who are successful on this course will progress to Level 2 NVQ hairdressing or barbering, either full time in college or in the work place as an apprentice.

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
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Woodlands Campus




N/A For 16 to 18 year olds


Blossomfield Campus




N/A For 16 to 18 year olds