How long is the course?
Full-time over one year.
How will I learn?
Embarking on a full-time hairdressing and beauty study programme, you will learn by working in a real salon environment at your own pace. Before practical work begins 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 performing various tasks.
What subjects will I study?
Units studied include: ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety, introduction to the hair and beauty sector, present a professional image in a salon, contribute to the development of effective working, shampoo and condition hair, assist with day make-up, assist with salon reception duties, blow dry hair, colour hair using temporary colour, plait and twist hair using basic techniques, assist with nail services, nail art application, create and maintain retail displays, basic make-up application and styling women’s hair.
Every full-time course will include a real experience of work.
Maths and English form part of this course and will be assessed at the relevant levels.
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 practical work is assessed in the salon on clients or models and you will be required to build your own 'model' client base. You will also be assessed by oral questioning techniques 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 6 weekly reviews and tutorial sessions, throughout the year.
Are there any additional costs?
There are recommended apps for digital media and hand held devices, approximately £3. There are free e-books and full training resources for you to access, completely free of charge, to assist you with your study at college.
This is a professional qualification and as such there is a very 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.. Examples of appropriate footwear can be shown to you at interview.
There will also be a hairdressing kit to purchase that will be compulsory to bring to all lessons (costs in the region of £115). This kit contains specific equipment that must be brought to every session. It is ordered via the College and full instructions on how to obtain it will be given at interview or will be sent to you when you are offerend a place on the course. You may be eligible for help with any costs. Please contact Student Services.
What opportunities will this lead to?
Students can progress on to Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing, Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General or Level 2 Diploma Hair and Media Make-up Studies.
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