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Qualification Overview 

The VTCT Entry Level Award in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector (Entry 3) is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills through introducing you to the hair and beauty industries and how you should present a professional image in the salon.

To further enhance your practical skills you will have the opportunity to choose from the following hair and beauty units; plaiting or plaiting and twisting hair, shampoo and conditioning hair, hand or skin care, themed face painting, styling men’s or women’s hair, basic make-up application, nail art application, create an image using colour or hair and beauty techniques, providing basic manicure or pedicure treatments, colour hair using temporary colour, salon reception duties, how to follow health and safety and working with others in the hair and beauty sector or how to create and maintain retail displays.

The purpose of this qualification is to develop your skills in both hair and beauty and will provide you with the foundation for further learning. It will also enable you to perform your own services and to assist others in the salon.

Hair & Beauty Tutor
Lisa Gannon

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisite qualifications that you must have prior to undertaking this qualification. Your centre will have ensured that you have the required knowledge, understanding and skills to enrol and successfully achieve this qualification.

Units Covered in This Qualification

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector

  • Presenting a professional image in a salon

  • Shampoo and conditioning

  • Hair plaiting

  • Styling women's hair


Achievement of this qualifications confirms the learner has gained the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Progress into further learning at a higher level

  • Diploma Level 1 and 2

  • NVQ Level 2 and 3

  • Alternatively, this qualification may lead directly into supervised employment in the hair and beauty industry. It can also provide a good platform for the opportunity of working as a modern apprentice.