Certificate in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector | Furness College
Certificate in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector

Certificate in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector

Course Content

How long is the course?

Full time, full year

How will I learn?

Embarking on a full time study programme, you will learn by working in a realistic working environment at your own pace. Alongside practical work you will study the underpinning knowledge required and your tutors may demonstrate the skills necessary. You will work on your practical skills, knowledge and understanding, by preparing for and performing various services Hairdressing and Beauty related services. There is also a requirement that you will undertake targeted independent online study, directly related to your course and study programme. Additionally, all study programmes will also include a compulsory provision of either Functional Skills or a GCSE qualifications. This is part of your course and attendance of 95% is a mandatory requirement at all sessions, including Maths and English for those under 19 years of age. Those over 19 years of age are warmly invited to attend the Functional skills or GCSE provision on offer also as part of their course.

What subjects will I study?

This qualification will give you the opportunity to perform your own basic hair and beauty services alongside assisting others in the salon.

The units you will study at College will include the following:

There are two mandatory units: 

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image in the salon

The following optional units are offered, subject to availability:

  • Shampoo and condition 
  • Styling women’s hair 
  • Create an image using colour 
  • Hair plaiting 
  • Salon reception 
  • Maintain retail displays 
  • Nail art 
  • Provide basic manicure services
  • Basic make-up application 

How will I be assessed?

For practical elements, you will be observed formatively and sumatively by your assessor. Your work must be collected in a portfolio of evidence and referenced to awarding body requirements. All the practical work is assessed in the salon on at least 75% clients and 25% of the course may be assessed on mannequin heads. You will be required to build your own ‘model’ client base from friends and family, wherever possible. You will also be assessed by oral questioning and online exams to prove your subject knowledge. You will improve your study skills by learning to set short term targets for yourself and your tutor will help to formally assess your progress by providing additional feedback during Recorded Assessment reviews and throughout your weekly tutorial sessions.

Are there any additional costs?

This is a professional qualification and as such, there is a strict salon dress code to follow. Students must wear a uniform of a tunic and trousers, which costs around £45, including delivery. A cardigan is optional at an additional cost. Students must purchase their uniform themselves and if they qualify for financial help, they may receive some money from the college to go towards the cost. Students will receive an order form in the post with their offer letter. Low heeled closed toe shoes must be worn. Examples of appropriate footwear will be shown to you at interview. 

There will also be a hairdressing kit to purchase that will you will need to bring to some lessons (costs in the region of £125). This kit contains specific equipment that is essential to conforming to professional standards of the awarding body requirements. This is ordered via the College and full instructions on how to obtain, will be given at interview or sent when you are offered of a place on the course.

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

This qualification has been designed for those who have few or no previous qualifications and will prepare you for further learning within the Hair and Beauty Industries at level 1. An initial diagnostic online testing platform will be used to determine an appropriate course level in all cases, regardless of academic entry starting point. You will also be required to attend an informal interview prior to acceptance on this course.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us: T: 01229 825017 E: info@furness.ac.uk www.furness.ac.uk


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Student Profile
Megan Athersmith

“I hope to leave college with a Level 3 in Beauty Therapy and Nail Enhancements so I can work on cruise ships, travel the world, meet new people and continue doing the job I love." Megan Athersmith successfully completed Level 3 Beauty Therapy and Nail Enhancements. Megan is now doing Level 3 Massage Therapy and working at Macie’s Hair and Beauty in Millom.

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