Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AM10037 GLH: 72 Age Restriction: 14
Qualification Number: 500/6821/0 Units: 3 - 22 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 1 Minimum Credits: 9

Additional Information

Guided Learning Hours

The minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification is 72 hours.

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 1 Award in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector is a small qualification that has been designed to introduce you to a range of practical skills from across the hair and beauty industries.

This qualification has been designed to provide you with an insight into the hair and beauty industry. After successfully completing this qualification, you could seek employment as a supervised assistant/apprentice or further learning in the hairdressing and beauty therapy industries within college.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This particular qualification is suitable for you to study as a small standalone qualification as an introduction to hair and beauty education, or as part of a programme of study alongside another qualification.

This qualification is very flexible and will allow you to choose from 19 optional units ranging from: create an image using colour, basic manicure or pedicure to styling men's or women's hair. Each unit you choose to study will be underpinned by knowledge and understanding of the subject.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification will give you the opportunity to perform your own basic hair and beauty services while assisting others in the salon.

There are two mandatory units in this qualification;
- Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
- Present a professional image in a salon.

You will then be able to select one optional unit from a large range which includes: plaiting and twisting hair, shampoo and conditioning hair, hand or skin care, themed face painting, styling men's or women's hair, basic make-up application, nail art application, create an image using colour or hair and beauty techniques, dressing hair, photographic make-up, providing basic manicure or pedicure treatments, colour hair using temporary colour, salon reception duties, how to follow health and safety and working with others in the hair and beauty sector, create and maintain retail displays or how to perform a head massage service.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for either supervised employment in hairdressing or barbering working as an apprentice via one of these qualifications;

- VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
- VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types)
- VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

or for further study at level 2 via one of the following VTCT qualifications:

- VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing
- VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women's and Men's Hairdressing
- VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies
- VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Services
- VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering Studies
- VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering
- VTCT Level 2 Diploma in African Caribbean Hairdressing

Other qualification options can be found on the VTCT website.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is supported by:
Edinburgh College
Farnborough College
Ashton Community Science College

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 2 components and earn a minimum of 6 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV10343 R/502/3981 Introduction to the hair and beauty sector 1 3 25
UV10344 Y/502/3982 Presenting a professional image in a salon 1 3 25

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 1 components and earn a minimum of 3 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV10345 Y/502/3979 The art of dressing hair 2 5 30
UV10346 L/502/3980 The art of photographic make-up 2 5 30
UV10416 R/601/3557 Providing basic manicure treatment 1 3 30
UV10417 L/601/3556 Providing basic pedicure treatment 1 3 30
UV10477 A/600/6327 Follow health and safety in the salon 1 3 22
UV10478 H/600/6323 Working with others in the hair and beauty sector 1 2 19
UV10479 Y/600/4875 Create a hair and beauty image 1 3 30
UV10480 R/600/4874 Colour hair using temporary colour 1 3 30
UV10481 R/600/6334 Salon reception duties 1 3 22
UV10482 Y/600/6335 Create and maintain retail displays in the salon 1 2 17
UV20400 H/601/4356 Head massage 2 4 30
UV30332 K/502/3467 Hand care Entry 3 3 30
UV30333 K/502/3470 Nail art application 1 3 30
UV30334 T/502/3469 Create an image using colour for the hair and beauty sector Entry 3 3 30
UV30335 Y/502/3464 Skin care Entry 3 3 30
UV30336 L/502/3753 Shampoo and conditioning Entry 3 3 30
UV30337 A/502/3795 Styling men's hair 1 3 30
UV30338 F/502/3796 Styling women's hair 1 3 30
UV30339 J/502/3797 Basic make-up application 1 3 30
UV30340 L/502/3803 Themed face painting 1 3 30
UV30341 R/502/3804 Hair plaiting Entry 3 3 30
UV30342 Y/502/3805 Plaiting and twisting hair 1 3 30

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Central Bedfordshire College - Dunstable Campus 01582 477776 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Newbury College 01635 584500 Visit website Berkshire - West Berkshire
Aspire Alternative Provision 01296 387600 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Bridge Academy Central 01908 889417 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire College Group - Aylesbury Campus 01296 588588 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Chalfonts Community College 01753 882032 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Stephenson Academy 01908 889400 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Acacia Training TA International School of beauty Therapy - Nantwich 01270 626236 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Cheshire College - South & West 01270 654654 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Macclesfield College 01625 410000 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Carlisle College 01228 822700 Visit website Cumbria
Buxton and Leek College - Buxton Campus 01298 330620 Visit website Derbyshire
The Kingsmead School 07812 300451 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education 01392 267023 Visit website Devon
E-Hairdressing and Beauty Academy 01803 295195 Visit website Devon - Torbay
Yeovil College - North Dorset Technical College 01747 856010 Visit website Dorset
The Bournemouth and Poole College of FE 01202 205205 Visit website Dorset - Bournemouth
Skills & Learning ACE, BCP Council 01202 262300 Visit website Dorset - Poole
A.L.D. Hairdressing Training Academy 01914111730 Visit website Durham
Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295111 Visit website Durham - Hartlepool
@ Hair Academy 07445 868142 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
Stockton Riverside College 01642 865400 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
Bridge Training 01452 411112 Visit website Gloucestershire
The Manchester College - Harpurhey Campus 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360000 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Farnborough College of Technology 01252 407208 Visit website Hampshire
Havant & South Downs College 023 9279 7995 Visit website Hampshire
Batchwood School 01727 868021 Visit website Hertfordshire
Mid-Kent College - Maidstone Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent
Rowhill School 01474 705377 Visit website Kent
TNB Skills Training - Folkestone 01303 256305 Visit website Kent
Mid-Kent College - Medway Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent - Medway
Trinity College 01634812233 Visit website Kent - Medway
Al Hayat Languages Ltd 01254 433736 Visit website Lancashire - Blackburn with Darwen
Unity Academy, Blackpool 01253 355493 Visit website Lancashire - Blackpool
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - Wigston Campus 0116 264 3555 Visit website Leicestershire
Trans4m Leicester CIC 0116 262 1537 Visit website Leicestershire - Leicester
Grantham College 01476 400226 Visit website Lincolnshire
North Lindsey College 01724 281111 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Positive Pathways Academy 01322 436285 Visit website London - Bexley
Bromley College of Further & Higher Education (LSEC) - Bromley Campus 020 8295 7000 Visit website London - Bromley
Insights School and Skills Academy 020 8840 9099 Visit website London - Ealing
Shooters Hill Sixth Form College 0208 319 9700 Visit website London - Greenwich
West London College 020 7565 1200 Visit website London - Hammersmith and Fulham
West Thames College 020 8326 2000 Visit website London - Hounslow
Latimer AP Academy 020 3108 0345 Visit website London - Kensington and Chelsea
Y.O.U.R Beauty School 0208 698 0345 (opt. 1) Visit website London - Lewisham
New City College - Redbridge Campus 020 8548 7400 Visit website London - Redbridge
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Harmonize Academy 0151 203 1934 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Norris Green Liverpool Adult Learning Centre 0151 233 8539 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Park Road Liverpool Adult Learning Centre 0151 233 8539 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Joseph Rowntree School 01904 552100 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
Banbury and Bicester College part of Activate Learning 0808 168 6626 Visit website Oxfordshire
City of Oxford College part of Activate Learning 01865 550550 Visit website Oxfordshire
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
Oracle Training Consultants Ltd - Rotherham 01709 720746 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
The Serenity Academy 01709 874424 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Burton and South Derbyshire College 01283 494774 Visit website Staffordshire
E.Quality Training 01782 620003 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Hinchleywood School 01932 267186 Visit website Surrey
Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College 01276 709050 Visit website Surrey
Barnardo’s Employment and Training Skills North 0191 2963367 Visit website Tyne And Wear - North Tyneside
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Bradford College 01274 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
In House Training Ltd 01924 500647 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Wakefield College 01924 789789 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
Christopher Whitehead Language College 01905 423906 Visit website Worcestershire
Fairfield Neighbourhood Learning Centre 01905 758420 Visit website Worcestershire
Heart of Worcestershire College - Worcester 01905 726631 Visit website Worcestershire
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Ambition Centre for Training 0131 334 6427 Visit website Edinburgh, City of
Mac-Ed Training Ltd 07891862726 or 07581034000 Visit website Wales
Cardiff and Vale College - City Centre Campus 029 2025 0450 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg Y Cymoedd - Ystrad Mynach 01443 816888 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg Cambria - Work Based Learning 01244 831531 Visit website Flintshire
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Rhondda 01443 663202 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Mi:Skin Beauty Limited 01443 303034 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
The College Merthyr Tydfil 01685 726000 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg Cambria - Yale Campus 0300 30 30 007 Visit website Wrexham
St Christopher's School 01978 346910 Visit website Wrexham