Hairdressing (VTCT) Diploma Level 1

Dundee and Angus College


Arbroath Campus, Kingsway Campus


The purpose of the VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing is to provide the basic skills and knowledge required to progress onto Level 2 Hairdressing or Level 2 Barbering. To kick start a career in hairdressing, this will allow learners to grow in confidence by working on model heads, each other and progressing to real clients. There are basic hairdressing elements such as an introduction into the industry, Health and Safety, Shampoo and Condition Hair, The Art of dressing hair, Styling and Plaiting hair, Basic Haircutting, Temporary Hair Colouring and Salon Reception kills. You will also gain essential skills including Exploring Social media. This course is an ideal starting point for those with enthusiasm and motivation for the hairdressing industry and wish to follow this as a career.

Entry Requirements

Two National 4 qualifications or equivalent but not essential. Previous attainment of a Level 1 part-time qualification (SCQF 4) in Hairdressing, Barbering and or Beauty Therapy and/or relevant industry experience is desirable.

For applicants where English is not their first language then ESOL at Intermediate 2 is required as excellent communication skills are needed.

Selection is based on a group information session, skills test and an individual interview. A satisfactory reference may be required.

Progression Routes

Further study onto a Level 2 Hairdressing or Barbering programme and/or gaining employment within a salon to develop your confidence and skills.

Opportunity to study MA SVQ Level 2 within industry to continue your studies.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies

SCQF Level