St Mary's Catholic College Wallasey

Hair and Beauty

Key Stage 4

"Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like."
Anon

About the Course:

This is an opportunity to experience a realistic environment at our new salon.  If you are willing to learn about hair and enjoy working with other people, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need.

This is a Level 1 course that will help you gain valuable insight and an introduction to the world of hairdressing.  This qualification allows you to develop your practical skills on hair blocks (model heads) and work on each other before progressing to clients/models.

The course is delivered at our new hairdressing salon equipped with the latest products and facilities.  Pupils will attend the salon for theory/coursework and take part in a three hour practical session allowing plenty of time for hands-on experience.

Topics studied:

  • Finding out about customer service
  • How salons promote their services
  • Working effectively as a team
  • Basic salon reception duties: Welcoming clients, checking appointments, promoting services
  • Personal presentation: The importance of presenting a positive image
  • Following Health and Safety practice: Hazards, risks and Health & Safety legislation
  • Hair & Beauty industry occupation awareness: Career opportunities and employee legislation
  • Introduction to hairdressing services: Practical unit.  Shampooing and styling the hair using basic techniques
  • Introduction to basic perming and colouring: Practical unit.
  • Discovering the different types of colours available; techniques of perm winding

How it will be assessed:

There will be practical assessments for some units and project/coursework for all of the units. At the end of the course you will sit an online multiple choice assessment (GOLA)

What it prepares you for:

The qualification provides a clear progression route into NVQ level 2 in Hairdressing.  It is ideal for any student wishing to work as a hairdresser.  The generic units will prepare you for any industry that involves working with the public.

Key Stage 5

"If truth is beauty how come no-one has their hair done in a library?"
Lily Tomlin

About the Course:

This is a one-year, full-time course delivered in our brand new hairdressing salon equipped with the latest products and facilities.  Students will attend the salon for three days a week and spend one/two days on work placement learning abut the industry at first hand.

Students are required to participate in all aspects of work in a salon environment; this involves a great deal of teamwork to ensure the highest levels of client care and hygiene are maintained.  Nine units must be achieved for a full award - seven mandatory and two optional.

Units you will study:

Health and Safety: Students learn about the hazards, risks and legislation involved in an industrial sector workplace.

  • Develop and maintain effectiveness at work: Taking responsibility for one's own performance and working well with colleagues.
  • Salon Reception: This unit covers skills such as welcoming clients into the salon, handling enquiries and making appointments.
  • Giving clients a positive impression: Students learn excellent client service through communication.
  • Advise & consult with clients: Students consult with clients to determine their requirements then make recommendations for treatments/procedures.
  • Shampoo and condition hair: Students learn the skill of shampooing and conditioning using appropriate massage techniques and products.
  • Style, dress and finish hair: Students will learn a range of basic techniques in styling and finishing.
  • Cut hair using basic techniques: This unit covers basic looks for women using various cutting techniques.
  • Hair colouring: The theory of colour and how to apply colour to hair.

How it will be assessed:

Practical observations, oral/written questions and final testing by GOLA (Global Online Assessment)

What it prepares you for:

This is a professional course and with this qualification you could gain employment as a junior stylist in a salon . Further progression could also lead to employment opportunities within television, film or theatre or working with hairdressing product manufacturers.

Entry requirements:

Minimum GCSE Grades D-E in Maths, Science and English and a realistic interest in the hairdressing industry.

Beauty Therapy Level 1 Certificate in Salon Services

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), US First Lady (1933-45), diplomat and reformer

About the course:

This is an opportunity to experience a realistic beauty salon environment. If you enjoy working with products and learning about your skin and nails and the effects different treatments have on the body, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge for progression to NVQ level 2 in Beauty Therapy.

This is a Level 1 course that will help you gain valuable insight and an introduction to the world of Beauty Therapy. This qualification allows you to develop your practical skills on each other before progressing to clients/models.

The course is delivered at our new Hair and Beauty Training Salon equipped with the latest products and facilities. Pupils will attend the salon for six hours a week for both theory and a three hour practical session.

Topics studied:

  • Finding out about customer service: How salons promote their services; working effectively as a team
  • Basic salon reception duties: Welcoming clients, checking appointments, promoting services
  • Personal presentation: The importance of presenting a positive image
  • Following Health and Safety practice: Hazards, risks and Health & Safety legislation
  • Hair & Beauty industry occupation awareness: Career opportunities and employee legislation
  • Applying basic make-up to the face: Practical unit. Preparing work areas and learning the skill of basic make-up application
  • Providing basic manicure: Practical unit. Discovering the different types of nail shapes and nail art available

How it will be assessed:

There will be practical assessments for some units and project/coursework for all of the units. At the end of the course you will sit an online multiple choice assessment (GOLA).

What it prepares you for:

The qualification provides a clear progression route into NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy. It is ideal for any student wishing to develop and further their skills in the Beauty sector. The generic units will prepare you for any industry that involves working with the public.

Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2

"Nothing is more powerful than beauty in a wicked world."
Amos Lee

About the course:

This is a one-year, full time course delivered in our brand new Beauty Therapy Training Salon equipped with the latest products and facilities. Students will attend the salon for up to four days a week and have the opportunity to go on work experience in salons and spas in the area. Practical skills are developed to the highest levels by working on colleagues, staff and, finally, paying clients.

Students are required to participate in all aspects of work in a salon environment; this involves a great deal of teamwork to ensure the highest levels of client care and hygiene are maintained. Nine units must be achieved for a full award - seven mandatory and two optional.

Units you will study:

  • Health and Safety: Students learn about the hazards, risks and legislation involved in an industrial sector workplace.
  • Develop and maintain effectiveness at work: Taking responsibility for one's own performance and working well with colleagues.
  • Improve and maintain facial skin condition: Students learn to apply a range of facial treatments, initially working on each other then progressing to clients.
  • Eyelash and eyebrow treatments: Students will learn a range of treatments e.g. eyebrow shaping and tinting.
  • Remove hair using waxing techniques: Students will consult with clients, prepare them for treatments and carry out a range of waxing techniques.
  • Provide makeup treatment: Students will need to demonstrate that they can work with a variety of skin types and conditions. This unit covers the application of a wide range of makeup products to different skin tones and ages.
  • Provide pedicure treatment: This unit involves learning about anatomy and physiology. Students will be able to practise pedicure techniques on each other and on clients.
  • Provide manicure treatments As with pedicures above.

How it will be assessed:

Students are required to build a portfolio of evidence and final assessment is by GOLA (Global Online Assessment).

What it prepares you for:

This is a professional course and with this qualification you could progress to NVQ Level 3 to increase your employability skills and prepare you for the world of work. Many beauty therapists decide to work in exclusive spas all over the country or travel with one of the well-established hotel or cruise companies.

Entry requirements:

Minimum GCSE grades D-E in Maths, Science and English and a realistic interest in the Beauty industry.