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C&G Level 1 Diploma in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector (Beauty)

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

After successful completion of the course you will have an awareness of the skills and requirements needed in the beauty industry and can progress onto the next level of training.

Overview of the course: 

This qualification is intended to provide an understanding of the sector and the vocational skills and knowledge required for Level 1. Beauty skills will be developed during real work activities in a salon environment. It will also provide an awareness of the range of jobs and work settings in the sector and will enable candidates to make informed decisions about careers in the sector.

Entry requirements: 

All applicants will be interviewed and cover an initial assessment in an industry related task. The required literacy and numeracy skills are Entry 3 or working towards a level 1. Learners under 19 years of age will need to complete functional skills or GCSE depending on qualifications already achieved.


Fourteen units must be completed to pass the course. Presenting a professional image, Themed face painting, Photographic Make-up, Health and Safety, Basic pedicure, Create an image using colour, Working with others, Skin care, Introduction to the hair & beauty sector, Basic make-up, Nail art application, Basic manicure, Create a hair & beauty image, Reception.

How is the course assessed?: 

There will be a combination of theory, covering the underpinning knowledge required, and training in the required skills to underpin practical competence. Candidates are required to complete practical assessments which are graded at pass, credit or distinction. Functional skills are required and are an essential part of this qualification.
Candidates will work salon industrial sessions on clients, models and model heads to practice competency regarding assessment criteria.

Further study options after this course: 

Candidates who successfully achieve this qualification could progress to Level 2 NVQ Beauty.

Length of the course: 

A one year programme in which knowledge is assessed via practical and written assignments. Evidence is generated and presented in a portfolio.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19+ years old you may be required to pay fees for your course, however if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group or other work related benefit and you are undertaking this qualification to find work, your fees may be paid by the Government.

Learners under 25 years old with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan will not pay fees.

If you do need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
City & Guilds Group Bursaries are available to learners starting or completing a City & Guilds or ILM qualification, starting courses on or after 1st September 2017.

To qualify learners need to be able to
- Demonstrate genuine financial need that would otherwise prevent them from completing their chosen qualification
- Be over 19 years old
- Be a UK resident.

Bursaries range from £200 to £10,000 and can cover any costs that arise as a result of the learner undertaking a City & Guilds or ILM qualification.

This can include
- Course fees
- Travel Expenses
- Materials/ Tools/ Books
- Childcare
- *Living Costs

To apply, visit
Learners need to initially register online (this takes around 30 seconds). Once they have registered, they then get access to the full online application.

*Please note Living Costs are rarely supported and only considered in extreme circumstances.

Closing date - Monday, 12 June 2017, 10am

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (23 May 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

'Before college I didn’t know much about Beauty Therapy and now I am leaving with new skills and my confidence has grown massively' - Chloe Playle Level 2 Beauty Therapist

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How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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