The main purpose of the VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Beauty is to enable students to develop their beauty skills, techniques and knowledge, which will prepare them for progression to the next level of vocational learning. All the units in this qualification directly prepare students for further study in the hair and beauty sector.


Meet our students Liza-Jane Lamb

Liza-Jane Lamb

“I have immensely enjoyed my time at the College, and thanks to the dedication of the tutors, I will be forging a new career in hairdressing armed with all the skills and attributes needed to be successful in my chosen profession. ”

Meet our students Nichola Connorton

Nichola Connorton

“The course has helped me develop my skills so much and my knowledge on the subject has been expanded. I can’t wait to use my skills within a salon.”

  • Description

    This qualification will enable students to develop the practical beauty skills and techniques and select from a range of units including: hand and nail care, foot and toenail care, make-up application, skin care and nail art.

    Also included in the optional section of this qualification are units that support the students' practical work such as: the hair and beauty sector, hair and beauty products, health and safety, customer services and designing retail display areas.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Level: Students will be required to attend an interview.

    Level 1: Students will need to have four GCSE passes at grade 2 (E) or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students will be accepted on to the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at an equivalent level to GCSE grades 2 (E), and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Entry Level 3.

  • Qualification

    VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Beauty

  • Progression

    After completing this course, students can progress onto Level 2 Beauty or apprenticeship.

  • Assessment

    Most of the qualification is practical based with some classroom work.

    Assessments are carried out through a combination of observation of practical work on peers/models, projects, assignments, and written and oral questioning. Students build a portfolio of evidence.

  • Home Study

    Four to six hours a week would be a requirement for home study work.

  • Work Placement

    Work experience is a mandatory part of the course and it is advisable that students source their placement early in the qualification.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    There will be a cost for a uniform. This price is available upon request from the Beauty department and will be discussed at interview.

Code Start Fees*
BEAUTY L1 212201 September 2021 Fee Information

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.