How long is the course?
Full-time over one year.
The course usually consists of one evening per week of an open salon, for all Level 3 services on the programme.
How will I learn?
Embarking on a fulltime hairdressing study programme, you will learn by working in a realistic working environment at your own pace. As practical work begins you will study the underpinning knowledge required and your tutors will demonstrate any skills necessary. You will fine tune your practical skills, knowledge and understanding, by performing various Level 3 hairdressing services. There is also a requirement that you will undertake targeted online study, directly related to your course and employability. Hand held media to bring for your studies at College would be advantageous. Additionally, all study programmes also include a compulsory provision of either functional skills or a GCSE in a relevant qualification or Maths and English for those under 19 years of age. Those over 19 years of age are warmly invited to attend the functional skills/GCSE provision on offer also as part of their course, if desired.
All full time qualifications at Furness College require a set amount of independent study. At least 5% of the course content will be available for online access, found in our Virtual Learning Environment. You will be required to access this information to enhance your research, study and employability skills. These skills are all an essential part of your professional hairdressing qualification and contain the essential knowledge needed to be successful on your course and career progression.
What subjects will I study?
The units you will study for this qualification, whilst at College will include the following:
• Health and safety
• Client consultatio
• Advanced cutting
• Styling and colouring techniques
• Selling products and services to clients.
The following optional units are available, subject to availability:
• Hair colour correction
• Specialist scalp services
• Bridal hairstyling
• Marketing for the hair and beauty sector
• Hair extension services
• Relaxing African type hair
The full list of optional units is presented in the learner Record of Assessment book (RoA) (specification). This qualification's structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway as a senior hairdresser/stylist.
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 the practical work is assessed in the salon on fee paying clients 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?
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. Examples of appropriate footwear will be shown to you at interview.
You may have already purchased your hairdressing kit and have your own preferred tools of the trade. If not, there will be the opportunity to purchase this at the start of the course and your tutor will advise you of any costs. This kit contains specific equipment that must be brought to every session.
E-Books are available free of charge to assist you with your study at college. Further support will be available via free downloaded apps in conjunction with your course.
Manchester Live Hair and Barbering Show, usually takes place around March time, offering trade stands, celebrity stylist demonstrations and the latest in salon technologies are on offer to try. Aimed at salon professionals, the costs are around £20.
What opportunities will this lead to?
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