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First Steps to Hair and Beauty

First Steps to Hair and Beauty

Level 1
Forest of Dean Gloucester

Course Overview

Full Time

Ideal if: You want to improve your options for the future and need to improve your qualifications before you progress onto your chosen subject.

You’ll learn: The course allows you to specialise in the basic knowledge and skills to progress on to higher level studies in Hair and/or Beauty.

Expect: to work on your maths and English functional skills, whilst developing your academic and vocational skills including washing, drying and plaiting hair, and basic nail and make up skills.

You’ll love: work-related activities where you will engage with employers and the local community.
For many reasons, you may not have got the qualifications you wanted at school, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on coming to college. So, if you’re not sure on your next steps, but know you want to improve your prospects, take your first steps into further education and keep your options open.

Our First Steps courses offer you flexibility and freedom while introducing you to further study and the world of work. You’ll get plenty of opportunities through work experience to gain the skills that employers are looking for, whilst in college you’ll also learn about your chosen industry and the next steps needed to progress further at GC.

Develop your confidence, English and maths skills, and you’ll have the chance to move on to the next level of study. You’ll learn either GCSE or functional skills qualifications in English and maths depending on your prior grades, plus additional qualifications to help develop your wider skills. You will also have sessions in your chosen vocational subject.


  • Typical Entry Criteria

    • Qualifications lower than three GCSE subjects at Grade 2

      • First Steps programmes are designed for learners who are yet to achieve Gloucestershire College's entry criteria for a Level 1 course.

    Recommended Age Criteria: Under 19 (Learners with an Education Health Care Plan Under 23)

    Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements.

    For 19+ applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion.

    All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through applications@gloscol.ac.uk.

  • Students have a chance to progress onto:

    1. Higher level courses within the College

    2. Employment (either supported employment/ full/ part time employment) 3. Voluntary work

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