Hairdressing Courses

Start Date
Full Time

This foundation course is designed to ensure that you can progress to further vocational studies or find employment. You will develop skills in hair alongside functional skills in English and maths. You will learn through class-based activities, workshops and work experience in the college salon.

  • About the Course

    You will learn through a variety of activities in the class and also through work experience in the college salons.

    You will study:

    • How to shampoo and condition hair
    • Styling women's hair
    • Plaiting and twisting hair
    • Contribute to the development of effective working relationships
    • Support the health and safety of the salon
    • Presenting a professional image in a salon
    • Prepare for hairdressing services and maintain work areas
    • Teambuilding
    • Employability.

    You will also study functional skills in English and maths.

    You will have a personal tutor to guide and support you through the course. A weekly tutorial allows you and your tutor to develop individual learning plans that will assist in learning and in developing responsibility for your own learning.

  • Additional Costs

    Additional Fees

    £172.18 hairdressing kit, tunic and textbook (cost subject to change)
  • Entry Requirements
    None, but you will have an assessment. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Progression

    If you successfully complete this qualification you can progress to Level 2 Hairdressing or work as a salon junior.

  • Assessment Method

    You will work toward the VTCT VRQ Award through practical assessments and by building a portfolio of work throughout the year. Regular reports on progress are provided to parents/guardians. The programme is unit based and is delivered individually at different stages throughout the course. You will be assessed when you feel you are competent.

    There are four areas of assessment:

    • Practical: you carry out the skill
    • Oral: you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skill
    • Written: a portfolio of evidence or a written test or an assignment, depending on the unit.
    • Online tests.

How to Apply

Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


Course Info

Courses for 16-18 years

Full Time

Level 1

Location Isleworth

Start Date 31/08/2023

VTCT Level 1 Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector


Margaret Harris
Lecturer in Hairdressing and Barbering

“I studied at West Thames College before becoming a manager of a Regis salon. I now work alongside the teacher who trained me all of those years ago! In teaching I have truly found my calling.”

Margaret Harris

Sandra Cooper
Lecturer in Hairdressing

Former student, Sandra, joined the college as the salon receptionist before studying for her teaching qualification. “It’s a brilliant feeling passing on your skills to the students and seeing how they progress throughout their time at college.”

Sandra Cooper
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