Level 1 hairdressing award

Realise have developed a new introduction to hairdressing programme to help you build your confidence and launch a new career in the hairdressing industry.

Course overview

At a glance




4-6 weeks



About the course

This course gives you the opportunity to develop your hairdressing, styling and employability skills. The programme is fully funded so there’s absolutely no cost to take part, but you could walk away with vital skills that employers are asking for and even a new job!  


Is this course right for you?

This course is suitable for anyone looking for an introduction to hair and styling and anyone who is unemployed and would like to find out what is involved in a hairdressing career. 

What you’ll learn

You will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to begin your hairdressing  career.

You will learn how to: 

  • Create two strand twists, fishtail, French plait and cornrow plaits.
  • Research and create a look.
  • Use a block head to create an array of hairstyles. 
  • Gain knowledge and skills to prepare you for working in the hairdressing industry. 
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses and get help with job searching. 
  • Understand mental health, forms of mental illnesses, and cultural influences.  
  • Write an attractive CV. 

You will also receive nationally recognised qualifications in: 

  • Developing yourself level 1 
  • Preparation for work level 1
  • Working towards goals entry level 3 
  • Working as part of a group entry level 3 
  • Plaiting and twisting hair level 1 
  • Styling hair level 1 



Need more information?

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How you’ll learn

This course is taught face-to-face in a classroom environment with all the necessary equipment provided. You will be set hands-on tasks to practice your new-found skills.

Throughout the programme you will develop your confidence and knowledge which will help you to begin a career in hairdressing.

You be assigned a dedicated tutor with relevant industry experience, who will guide you through this course.


Our experts

The people that make it happen


Performance manager


Performance manager

I have worked at Realise for 6 years as a trainer within the hair and barbering sector. I have recenly also taken on the roles of social values champion and safeguarding and wellbeing deputy. I love what I do and have a great passion for hairdressing and also supporting other people. My passion is being able to deliver apprenticeships to learners and seeing them develop from having no knowledge or skills to then thriving in the industry as confident and fully qualified hairdressers and barbers.





I’m the adult education tutor for the hairdressing and barbering sector. I love my job role and the team I work with. We are very creative and passionate people.

I have been in training providers settings for about 16 years across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire doing various roles from recruitment and sales to employability on a wide range of contracts for adult education, apprenticeships, and NEETs. I’m a South Yorkshire lass at heart but moved over to West Yorkshire six years ago and I have never looked back since.

Frequently asked questions

How much does this course cost?

This course is free for our learners, due to local funding, provided by Liverpool City Region and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Is there an age limit on this course?

Yes, learners need to be aged over 19 to complete this course due to eligibility restrictions.

Ready to take the next step?

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