Hair & Beauty

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (GCSE)   & VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hair and Beauty Skills 

The Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy is a Technical Award specifically for 14-16 year olds.

This qualification aims to support young people to:
- develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of the hair and beauty sector
- develop knowledge which spans the entire vocational sector and related industries
- develop academic study and transferable skills that will support progression within the hair and beauty sector and more broadly
Hairdressing and beauty therapy has been and remains an extremely popular vocational area that many young people are enthused by and aspire too. The aim of this qualification is to use the hair and beauty sector as a vehicle to develop learners more broadly, so they are prepared and equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career in any context.

The main purpose of the VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hair and Beauty Skills is to:

·         enable learners to develop hair and beauty skills, techniques and knowledge, which will prepare learners to progress to the next level of vocational learning. All the units in this qualification directly prepare learners for further study in the hair and beauty sector.

All units in this qualification have been designed as a foundation for further study both in the hair and beauty sector and more broadly. Learners will develop knowledge of the hair and beauty sector and use this as a basis for further learning at Level 2, as a full time or part time learner.

Over the three years students will have the opportunity of completing two qualifications, one being a GCSE qualification and the other focusing on the practical elements of hairdressing and beauty which will give them a taste of what skills and knowledge is required if they wanted to pursue a career in the hair and beauty industry. 

Year 9  The Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy 1 mandatory unit and a minimum of 4 units

Students will start to explore the techniques and knowledge required to enable learners to develop their practical hair and beauty skills.

Students will be assessed on their practical skills and the underpinning knowledge that they will learn.

Learners will also have the opportunity to select from a range of technical optional units including: basic face painting, basic nail art, eyebrow shaping, basic skincare, basic photographic make-up, basic manicure, basic pedicure, blow-drying and finishing hair, basic winding techniques, shampooing and treating the hair, basic plaiting and twisting hair, colour using semi-permanent colour (note: semi-permanent colour unit must be delivered using a training head/block only), basic clipper cutting techniques for men's hair or basic cutting techniques for women's hair.

Also included in the optional section of this qualification are units that support learners practical work such as; working in the hair and beauty industries, health and safety, client and customer skills, promoting and selling products and services, promoting themselves, preparing for a job interview and create a retail display area.

Year 10 & 11 (GCSE) Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. 1 external exam and 3 projects

This qualification includes two mandatory units that can be applied to any sector or vocational area. In this qualification, learners will use hairdressing and beauty therapy and related industries (i.e. retail, leisure, fashion, marketing, media, business) to develop themselves and, in particular, the skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions. The units that make up this qualification include:

- Understanding the hair and beauty sector (mandatory) - in this unit learners will develop an understanding of the structure and importance of the hair and beauty sector. They will also learn about the products used, and services and treatments provided throughout the sector as well as career opportunities. 
- Hair and beauty research project (mandatory) - in this unit learners learn how to plan a hair and beauty research project. Learners will then produce a research proposal and conduct their research into a particular topic area of the hair and beauty sector.
- Marketing and promotions in hair and beauty (optional) - in this unit learners will look at a hair or beauty business and then develop their own marketing materials and activities to support a product or service.
- Hair and beauty science (optional) - in this unit learners will develop an understanding of the chemistry of hair and beauty products. They will also learn about the anatomy of the skin and hair and produce a formulation for a hair and beauty product.
Through undertaking this qualification learners will also develop a range of transferable skills including:
-Critical thinking and being reflective on self-performance and work produced
- Use of initiative, planning and researching skills, self-management, self-motivation and the ability to work independently
- Innovation and creativity
- Application of knowledge and understanding to real life examples and businesses
- Problem solving
- Communication skills - verbal, written and visual.

In addition to these transferable skills, learning about sectors, carrying out research, exploring businesses and new ideas for businesses, planning marketing activities and producing marketing materials, exploring science and technology, and responding to design briefs are all general skills that be applied to a vast range of topics and will prepare learners to progress to further learning in a broad range of subject areas.

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