Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
31 August 2020TBCNick Williams

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

Who Is The Course For?

This course is a full time option and is suitable for students 16 years or above.

This course is designed for, and targeted at, those people intent on being part of the Hairdressing Industry. You should have interest, enthusiasm and a commitment to succeed and once accepted on the course will be introduced to all aspects of hairdressing. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be prepared for the challenges of industry and/or progression into further studies leading to advanced career development. You will be given the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ within this flexible programme.

What Will I Learn?

Skills and knowledge that are needed to start a career in Hair. Subjects include: Literacy and Numeracy to support you in the workplace.  Hairdressing: various cutting techniques to create different hair shapes and styles including gents; colouring, lightening; shampooing and conditioning; styling techniques; consultation and diagnostics; salon organisation; reception skills; health, safety and security; use of computers; retailing; stock control; teamwork; interpersonal skills. Opportunities exist for students to obtain further additional qualifications.

As part of this course you will attend 1 lesson per week in one of the following subjects;

  • Maths*
  • English*

* Optional for 19 plus learners.

These classes will be with subject specialists and delivered at a level to suit you.

How Will I Learn?

The learning programme incorporates demonstration and student participation, including lectures; discussions, projects, and self-directed study, using a multimedia approach where appropriate. Within the programme, students receive full support in their skill development and acquisition of competence. Specialist learning support is available. Students are assessed through practical observation of skills, questioning portfolio evidence and exams.

Enrichment Activities

  • Team Building Exercises
  • Equality and Diversity Exercises
  • Improving Communication Skills
  • Interview Techniques
  • Health Related Topics
  • Creating a mood board and an Image based on the theme.

What Can This Course Lead To?

There is a varied range of opportunities for those with the right outlook and attitude in the world of hairdressing. Successful students can progress to level 3 Certificate or Diploma in hairdressing or Top-to-Toe which includes aspects of beauty; working in Salons as stylists, salon ownership or self-employed, health farms, cruise liners, hospital work, retailing outlets, technician work, manufacturing companies or reception work.


Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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