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Hair and Beauty Sector

Course Code: IHA

Level: 1
Subject area: Hair & Beauty
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: City & Guilds, Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

Are you thinking about becoming a hairdresser, stylist, beautician, or beauty therapist? This level 1 VRQ City & Guilds qualification at City College Plymouth will give you an in-depth introduction to the hair and beauty sector. You’ll learn hair and beauty skills such as styling women’s hair, applying basic make-up, nail art, skin care and the art of dressing hair. This course provides a fun and inspirational insight into the industry and will build on your existing skills to allow you to progress to the next level. You will also be able to learn some level 2 skills in preparation for progression and employment. After you complete the course you could progress to an Apprenticeship or a full-time level 3 course in either hairdressing or beauty therapy.

What you'll learn

Unit 102

  • Presenting a professional image

Unit 103

  • Styling women’s hair
  • Applying basic make-up
  • Nail art
  • Skin care
  • The art of dressing hair
Entry requirements

You will need to undergo an initial assessment, but there are no specific entry requirements for this course.


You will be assessed by written assessments, assignments and tests.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to level 2 hairdressing or beauty therapy courses at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: IHA

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £750

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): £50

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 C
19 - 23 A + C  or   B + C(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A + C  or   B + C

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.