VTCT Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing

What is the Course About?

Department: Hair and Beauty

Faculty: Creative and Leisure Industries

This course is designed to develop all the skills you will require to enable you to become a ’salon assistant’ and gain a basic knowledge of hairdressing. You will experience aspects of practical hairdressing and complete units required by our Awarding Body, Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), while being involved in a realistic training salon environment, where you will be assisting Level 2 students with their clients.

The course is practical based with relevant theory and underpinning knowledge taught to ensure a complete understanding of aspects of level 1 hairdressing.

Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills will be offered as part of the course if you wish to improve your grades.

What subjects/units/modules* will I study?

  • Prepare for hair services and maintain work areas

  • Contribute to the development of effective working relationships

  • Blow dry hair

  • Shampoo and condition hair

  • Assist with hair colouring and lightening services

  • Assist with salon reception duties

  • Plaiting and twisting

Will I need a DBS check for this course?


How can I find out more about the course?

If you apply for this course, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you will be given more detailed information about the course and when you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have.

Will I need any specialist uniform and/or kit?

​You will be given order forms of the following to be ordered ready for starting in September: -

2 Salon Tunics and a Level 1 Hairdressing Kit which will include everything you need to complete the course.

When will I get a timetable?

Timetable will be given at beginning of the course, during your induction week. It will consist of teaching hours at UCM and work experience.

Useful links



A quick guide to course fees

Student Awards (Grants)

Free School Meals


International Applications

Student Emergency Fund

What happens once I have applied?

We will send you an email to let you know we have received your application. If you are new to the course area you have applied for, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) along with all other applicants to the course.

Please note: applicants are invited to ISAs depending on the date the application was received (there is limited capacity for each ISA so you may not be invited to the same one as other applicants who have applied for the same course). You will receive your invitation via email, to the email address you used when setting up your UCM Learner Portal.

Popular Courses

Sometimes we get a high volume of applications for particular courses. If your first choice course is popular, we’ll let you know and ask if you would like us to process your second choice course as well. This doesn’t mean you won’t be considered for your first choice it just provides you with a back-up plan.

International/UK Applicants

If you are an international/UK applicant someone from UCM will contact you remotely. It is essential that you have uploaded copies of your results/ certificates and relevant translations of grades/certificates. Please note, if you are an international applicant and your application is received later than the end of May (i.e. three months before the start of the academic year) we will not be able to process it as the immigration processes would exceed the timescale required to start in September.

What do I need to know about Information Sharing Appointments (ISAs)?

Do I have to attend an ISA?

If you are invited to an ISA, you must attend!

What happens if I can’t attend the ISA I’m invited to?

Please let us know and we will make sure you are invited to an ISA on a different date.

What happens if I don’t attend an ISA?

If you fail to attend two ISAs without letting us know why, we will assume you don’t want us to continue with your application.

How long will the ISA take?

The ISA will start at 4:30pm and finish around 5.30pm-6.30pm (depending on the amount of applicants attending.)

(If parents/carers bring you to the ISA, they can wait in the College’s refectory; there are vending machines available.)

What can I expect at the ISA?

Tour of the Hair & Beauty Department

Group talk about the course criteria

Practical assessment

1 to 1 chat with a tutor

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes

What will I need to bring?

CV or Record of Achievement

Tutor Report (including attendance)

Who do I contact if I have mobility or additional educational needs that I would like to discuss before the ISA?

Please email applications@ucm.ac.im

What happens once I’ve attended an ISA?

We will contact you within 5 working days of the ISA to either:

  • make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

  • make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

  • suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you (if this is the case it is likely we will have discussed this with you during the ISA).

What happens if I get an unconditional offer?

You will be invited in to enrol, which is when you are given your student card. This may happen in the summer, if not you will be enrolled at the start of your course.

What happens if I get a conditional offer?

If you have applied for an FE course, you will need to upload your results to your UCM Learner Portal, once you get them (e.g. GCSE, BTEC). We will then check to see you have got what is needed for the course and, if you have, we will convert your offer to unconditional, which means you definitely have a place on the course. You will be enrolled at the start of your course (that’s when you get your student card).

If you are unlucky and don’t get what you need for the course you applied for, you will be invited in to find out what else is available to you at UCM.

What are my progression and career options?

Progress to the VTCT NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing if standards have been met throughout the course.

How will I be assessed?

The practical assessments will be achieved within the Synnova Training Salon throughout the course. The underpinning knowledge is assessed by oral questions, internal and external set multiple choice exams.

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, although you should have: -

  • a keen interest in hairdressing with a degree of artistic skill and flair is essential!

  • good communication skills

  • a positive attitude

  • a willingness to learn and be a team player