City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in
Hair & Beauty SCQF Level 4/5

Build on the fundamental skills required to pursue further training or employment in the hair or beauty sector.


Why take this course?

This course has been designed as a progression opportunity for pupils who have already undertaken a year of either Hair or Beauty through the School College Links programme.  Pupils will participate in further units of study to build upon knowledge and skills already developed. 

Upon successful completion of this course pupils will be prepared for entry to year 2 of full time study in either Hair or Beauty.

What you will experience

As a progression route from the year 1 school link programme, this course is made up of the following five units:

  • Styling Women’s Hair
  • Basic Make-up Application
  • Themed Face Painting
  • Create a Hair and Beauty Image
  • Follow Health and Safety in the Salon

Some of the topics you will learn about include personal presentation, customer care, hair and skin analysis, basic women’s hairstyling, the application of basic make-up and face painting. You will also create a hair and beauty image using these skills. You will experience a variety of learning methods and activities, which will include classroom-based theory lessons, and hands-on practical salon experience. You will be taught in salons and classrooms at College.

Throughout the course you will be offered an opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing. 

female styling the hair of a manakin

Key facts

Subject area

Entry requirements

Attainment of City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector (School Links Year 1 Hair or Beauty).

What you will need

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to provide and wear a specified tunic, black dress trousers and non-slip enclosed shoes.

Please note that some assessments may require you to bring along a client aged 16 or over.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:

  • Remove piercings and occasionally already applied make-up
  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

The removal of all piercings is for health and safety reasons. This is an industry standard that all students are expected to abide by in order to successfully achieve. This should be kept in mind if planning any new piercings.

Please note that eating and drinking is not permitted in the salons or classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.