Level 1 Diploma in Hair and Beauty

Oaklands College student washing hair of client at hairdressing studio


This hands-on course includes all the elements required to develop your practical beauty skills and prepare you for further study at Level 2 or an apprenticeship.

Course Content - What will I learn?

This course will support you in developing skills within Hair and Beauty but also in improving your literacy, numeracy and digital skills.

Student yet to achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and maths will study either a Functional Skill or GCSE as part of their study programme

Am I right for the course?

A strong interest in the hair and beauty sector and with some experience being an advantage although not essential

Must be working at least Entry 3 in maths and English. Preferably at least 1 GCSE either a grade 1 in maths or English (ESOL E3)

To gain the level 1 in Hair & Beauty students must undertake a range of assessments. The majority of these are practical, but the course does include some written assessment. Assessment is ongoing and assessment work is undertaken primarily during college time.

What Next?

On successful completion of the Level 1, you can progress in the subject area of Hair and Beauty in Level 2 Hair, Level 2 Beauty or Level 2 Media Make Up or other courses at the College

Our Hair and Beauty courses enable you to work in a wide variety of salons, nail bars, spas, cruise ships, or even work abroad in luxury resorts. Depending on the level you choose to study, we recommend that you carry on climbing the ladder within Oaklands, and then onto university or into employment.

Potential careers:

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Theatrical and Media Makeup Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Salon Management
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Reflexologist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Skincare Consultant
  • Hairdresser/stylist

Ready to take the next step?

Reaching your career goals is just a click away.


16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

In need of more advice?

Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

Experience what the future
has to offer at Oaklands College

Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given a the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

The college will be closed for half-term from Monday 29th May until Friday 2nd June - we will reopen on Monday 5th June
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