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Overview

Title: Beauty

Pathway: Hair & Beauty

Available Study Options:
Apprenticeship, Full Time, Part Time Print

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What will I study?

All new learners interested in Beauty will start on either the Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy or the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy, and will study theoretical aspects of the subject to apply to practical tasks. Learners will be correct on the correct study programme dependant on GCSE grades achieved.

Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Entry requirement: three grade 3 GCSEs or above

Core topics include:

  • Working in beauty-related industries
  • Health and safety
  • Client care and communication
  • Facial treatments
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Applying make-up
  • Head massage
  • Shaping and colouring eyebrows

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy- Entry Requirements 3 grade 4 GCSE'S including Maths and English

Core topics include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Principles of Practice for Beauty Therapists
  • Hair removal treatments
  • Facial and skin analysis
  • Manicure treatments
  • Pedicure treatments
  • Light cured gel polish
  • Lash and brow treatments
  • Apply make-up services
  • Introduction to spa treatments
 

The Level 3  Diploma in Beauty and Spa Therapy covers a wide range of practical skills and knowledge required for working in this industry.

Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English or Maths. You will also have had to complete either an NVQ or VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy to gain the required skills and knowledge to begin the Level 3 diploma.

Core topics include:

Working with colleagues within the beauty industry

 Monitor and maintain health & safety

Client care and communication

 Promote and sell products and services

 Provide body massage

 Provide massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils

 Provide Indian head massage

 Provide hot stone therapy massage

 Monitor & maintain spa area

 Provide Spa treatments

For learners who fall short of the Level 2 entry requirements, we offer an introduction to Beauty Therapy through  a skills and employability pathway . This qualification is a support role within a commercial beauty type environment, and includes a variety of basic beauty skills such as giving facials, manicure & nail treatments and applying make-up. This qualification will prepare learners for progression to Level 2 Beauty, Make-up and Nails.

Work Experience is an essential part of all full-time study programmes. Learners complete a minimum 35 hours in an industry-linked environment per academic year/qualification.

How will I be assessed?

All Technical Qualifications are graded (Pass, Merit and Distinction and Distinction*) by an external Synoptic assessment. This includes:

  • Written theory paper
  • Practical examination

Milestone assessment points will track learner progress in preparation for the end exams including written tests and assignments, spoken questioning, practical skills demonstrations and a mock assessment.

For Level 3 qualifications, ALL grade levels carry UCAS points to support progression to higher education.

For VRQ Diploma courses at Levels 2 and 3, assessment takes place within College  

Continuous on-course assessment involves:

  • Practical observations
  • Externally set written/online modular tests
  • Spoken questioning.

What will this lead to?

Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy is aimed at learners that are looking to start a career in the Beauty Therapy industry. Learners can progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship, or further their studies by taking a Level 3 qualification in Beauty & Spa or Nail Technologies, or Level 2 Theatrical Make Up.

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy is aimed at learners that are looking to start a career in the Beauty Therapy industry. Learners can progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship, or further their studies by taking a Level 3 qualification in Beauty & Spa or Nail Technologies.

Level 3 Diploma in Body & Spa aims to provide learners with a range of specialist technical practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or higher education (HE) pathways within the Beauty & Spa Therapy industry.

Employment is found in: Nail Bars/Salons, Beauty Salons, Media, Cruise Ships/Hotels, Spas, Product Retail or Manufacturing Companies.

  • Opportunities for freelance work or self-employment are unlimited for motivated individuals.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.

 

How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.

Cost

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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