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Your Study Options

  • Hair and Beauty
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Hairdressing

Please note that all courses are subject to a minimum number in order to run

About the course

The VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is a qualification that has been specifically designed to introduce you to practical beauty therapy skills. This qualification will develop the knowledge skills to prepare learners for further study. Learners will have their beauty therapy skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment. 

The purpose of this qualification is designed to develop your skills in beauty therapy and will provide you with the foundation for further learning. It will also enable you to perform your own basic services and to assist others in the salon.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will need to buy personal stationery plus kit, uniform and online learning resource. Cost to be confirmed

Awarding Body


Why study?

  • Gain skills in the beauty industry
  • Be able to progress onto a working qualification
  • Develop presentation skills
  • Develop professional communication skills

Where will this course take me?

HE, spa or salon management.

Our students have experienced positive work placements at the following salons:

  • Zoe Dee Hair and Beauty
  • Funky Tips
  • Mode Beauty Therapy
  • Salon 35
  • The Beauty Bar
  • Naturals
  • Eden

We have strong links with Dermalogica, Chris & Sons, OPI.

Moving On:

  • LED Gel Polish Level 2 Award
  • Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma – Part-time

Core modules

  • Introduction to the Hair and Beauty sector
  • Provide basic manicure treatment
  • Provide basic pedicure treatment
  • Follow health and safety practice in the salon
  • Working with others in the hair and beauty sector
  • Skincare
  • Basic make up application
  • Presenting a professional Image
  • The art of photographic make-up
  • Create a hair and beauty image
  • Nail art application
  • Themed face painting
  • Salon reception duties

How will I be assessed?

You will have a mixture of practical sessions in the salon and classroom-based lessons teaching underpinning knowledge. You will be expected to complete beauty services on paying clients in the commercial salon.

It is expected that you may need to bring in your own clients for practical assessments. 

You will be assessed through:

  • Online exams
  • Practical observations
  • Assignments

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need to buy personal stationery plus kit, uniform and online learning resource. Cost to be confirmed.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
Ask Us a question about this course

Applications for courses starting in September must be completed by Friday 30th June. Applications received after this date will go through our late interview and enrolment process. This may delay your course start date.

Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.