Faculty of
Retail & Commercial



  • Title: Hairdressing
  • Code: F04671
  • Level: Level 1
  • Length: 1 Year(s)
  • Term: Full Time
  • Faculty: Retail & Commercial
  • Junior
  • Stylist support
  • Shampoo specialist
  • Hair colour remover

Learners will earn Minimum wage for 16- 18 yrs.  -currenlty £4.05 per hour when entering employment

If learners progress onto an Apprenticeship  16-18 yrs - £3.50 per hour

The course is free but is offered to 16 -18 year olds only

You will be expected to purchase a kit and uniform as part of the course requirements

This course consists of 6 units:

  • Prepare and maintain work areas   
  • Shampoo and condition hair
  • Blow dry hair
  • Teamwork
  • Assist with colour removal
  • Reception

Each unit has both and written assessment requirements, all must be completed in order to achieve the qualification  

Level 1 – 3 x GCSES at grades E or level 2/3 (including English and Maths)
Online via college website
  • On-line testing
  • Paper-based testing
  • Practical Observation
  • Verbal Questioning
  • Client Documentation
  • Independent learning
  • Portfolio evidence
  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Barbering
  • Level 2 Retail Knowledge
  • Level 2 Hair and Media Make-up
  • Level 2 Nails
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships

Available for 16-18 years only

This qualification is designed as an Introduction to the Hairdressing and Barbering industry.

Choosing this qualification demonstrates you have an interest in current trends in hairdressing and barbering and have a desire to pursue a role with creativity which requires a high degree of dexterity.
You will support more experienced stylists while working within a commercial environment, and complete a range of smaller services, while developing the basic skills needed to support a lifetime career within the industry

Learners will be required to undertake 35 hrs of experience of work in the hairdressing /barbering industry.

Work experience will allow you to gain a valuable insight into the expectations of working in the hair and barbering industry  

Learners are also expected to gain experience in a realistic salon environment onsite at college, working as a junior stylist assisting both Level 2 and Level 3 students.to aid with their knowledge and progression.

  • Barbering
  • Retail
  • Hair and Media Make up
  • Nails
  • Apprentices
  • Traineeships  

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development

Visit: www.oldham.ac.uk or Call: 0161 785 4000