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Introduction to Beauty Level 1

Course Overview

This Introduction to Beauty Level 1 course is ideal for school leavers interested in a career in hair or beauty therapy. The qualification provides access to understanding what is involved within the hair and beauty sector, specialising in beauty therapy. Depending on your specialism, units can include, create a hair and beauty image, nail art and skin care, basic makeup application, hand care, basic pedicure, skin care, plaiting and salon reception duties. As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, Maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial sessions.

What topics are covered?

Units will be finalised at interview. Depending on which route you take, the following units are available:

  • Basic make-up application
  • Hand care
  • Providing basic pedicure
  • Nail art application
  • The art of photographic make-up
  • Skin care
  • Salon reception duties


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Four GCSEs at grade G/1
  • Evidence of ability to work at Level 1
  • An interest in Hair and Beauty together with a caring nature, good communication skills and the ability to work with others
  • Interview

What qualifications will I gain?

VTCT Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma in an Introduction to Hair and Beauty Sector.

Who is the awarding body?


How will I be assessed?

Continuous practical, work-based assessment will be used to teach and develop vocational skills. There will be written assignments and tests of knowledge and understanding throughout the programme.

What can I do after this course?

Work within the hair or beauty industry

Progress onto:

  • Hair and Media Make Up Level 2
  • Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2
  • Barbering Level 2
  • Hairdressing NVQ Level 2
  • Complementary Therapy NVQ Level 2



Are there any additional costs?

Uniform, kit and text books (discussed at interview).

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

The Academy

Which department is this course in?

Hospitality, Hair, Beauty and Spa Industries

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

You will need to comply with the following policies that are issued at enrolment:

  • Dress code
  • Code of conduct
  • Locker policy
  • Scissor / knife policy


A basic stationery pack will be issued to enrolled students.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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