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Hairdressing, Barbering & Beauty Therapy

Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty Therapy courses are offered in KS4 & 5.  At KS4, the courses introduce the learner to the Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy Industry - Level 1 qualifications are GCSE D-G equivalency and Level 2 are A*-C equivalency.

At KS5, industry ready qualifications are offered at Level 2 & 3.  These prepare learners to work in specific areas of the industry, jobs such as a beauty therapist or barber etc.

Key Stage 4

City & Guilds Level 1 Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector (3001)

KEY STAGE 4 (Grade D - G)

Subject Leader: Miss Webb
Period Allocation: Part-time 2 / 3 years (delivered for KS4)


This award is designed for learners with an interest in pursuing a career in the Hair and Beauty sector and, for Key Stage 4 learners in particular, to introduce the student to the disciplines of the working environment, to motivate and re-engage students in the continuing learning process. 

AIMS:

  • To provide a broad background of understanding of the hair and beauty sector and the vocational skills required
  • To provide a knowledge of the range of jobs and work settings in the sector to enable students to make an informed choice of career, or career change
  • To enable students to make an informed assessment of their own aptitude for work in this sector
  • To help the students reach a level of knowledge and skills which will facilitate progress into employment in the sector, to further vocational learning or to continued general education.

LESSONS:

Mandatory Units

Unit 101 Introduction to the hair and beauty sector Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 102 Presenting a professional image in a salon Level 1 Credits 3


Optional Units (*only one of these units can be taken within a qualification, i.e. either unit 004 or 105)

Unit 003 Shampoo and conditioning Entry Level 3 Credits 3
*Unit 004 Hair plaiting Entry Level 3 Credits 3
Unit 005 Colour in the hair and beauty sector Entry Level 3 Credits 3
Unit 006 Skin care Entry Level 3 Credits 3
Unit 007 Hand care Entry Level 3 Credits 3
Unit 103 Styling women's hair Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 104 Styling men's hair Level 1 Credits 3
*Unit 105 Plaiting and twisting hair Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 106 Applying basic make-up Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 107 Themed face painting Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 108 Nail art Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 109 Providing basic manicure treatment Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 110 Providing basic pedicure treatment Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 111 Colour hair using temporary colour Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 112 Create a hair or beauty page Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 113 Follow health and safety in the salon Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 114 Salon reception duties Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 115 Working with others in the hair and beauty sector Level 1 Credits 3
Unit 215 The art of dressing hair Level 2 Credits 5
Unit 216 The art of photographic make-up Level 2 Credits 5
Unit 217 The art of colouring hair Level 2 Credits 7
Unit 218 Provide nail art Level 2 Credits 3


TEACHING METHODS:

The learner will take part in workshops in the realistic learning environment (RLE) and from time to time assist the RWE (realistic working environment).

Classroom activities will include individual and group work, completing questions and answers, taking part in game like activities, research will be carried out and then discussed.  Note taking will be required and ICT interactive activities will also be used, research visits will take place and there will be quest speakers.

ASSESSMENT:

In general terms, the practical assessment for each unit comprises of two components - practical observation and assignments.  However, there are a few units that are assessed by assignment only and do not require observations.

Assignments are simple research tasks that are intended to encourage learners to explore trends and fashions in the hair and beauty sectors.  Though they are assessment devices, they should also be an enjoyable experience for the learner and aid the learning process.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:

Suitable applicants will have an interest/passion for hairdressing, be of smart appearance and have good interpersonal skills.  Applicants will have/or be of the ability to obtain 4 GCSEs grade E or above.

HOMEWORK:

Learners will be expected to complete some of the research assignment criteria in their own time and practice their practical skills.

COSTS:

Please note there will be educational trips arranged throughout the year to enhance the course delivery, however costs for these optional trips will be advised nearer the time.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP:

Learners will require support through their learning programme and a salon work placement is an advantage.

PROGRESSION:

Upon successful completion of this qualification the learner may progress, subject to a successful interview, to the Foundation or Higher diploma in Hair & Beauty Studies, a Level 2 qualification or alternatively progress to an apprenticeship and complete a Level 2 in Hairdressing, Barbering or Beauty Therapy.


City & Guilds Level 2 (Technical) Award in Hair and Beauty Studies - Pre-16 (3038-21)

KEY STAGE 4 (Grade A*- C)
 

Subject Leader: Miss Webb
Period Allocation: Part-time 3 years


This qualification is designed for learners wishing to gain some foundation knowledge of the hairdressing and beauty therapy industry. 

AIMS:

  • To provide an understanding of the industry as a whole
  • To enable students to make an informed assessment of their own interest for work in this sector.

LESSONS:

To achieve this qualification, candidates must achieve all of the mandatory units below and at least one optional unit.

Mandatory Generic Units:

201 Exploring the world of hair and beauty 30GLH
202 Science of hair and beauty 60GLH
203 Design in the hair and beauty sector 30GLH 


TEACHING METHODS:

The learner will take part in classroom activities that will include individual and group work, completing questions and answers, taking part in game like activities, research will be carried out and then discussed.  Note taking will be required and ICT interactive activities will also be used to facilitate learning. 

ASSESSMENT:

There is an externally set, externally moderated synoptic assignment and an externally set and marked exam.

HOMEWORK:

Learners will be expected to complete the research assignments in their own time, revise for knowledge testing. 

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP:

Learners will require support through their learning programme.  Learners will be expected to word-process their research and report assignments, so access to a PC at home is advantageous although not essential.  The school provides ICT facilities that learners can access outside of their timetable, during study periods.

THIS IS A NATIONAL CURRICULUM FOUNDATION SUBJECT:

The qualification has been mapped to provide underpinning evidence towards the relevant VRQ, however, successful completion of this qualification does not imply occupational competence.  This qualification does not require the learner to demonstrate skills on ‘paying clients’ in the realistic working environment, under commercial pressures and within commercially acceptable service times. 

PROGRESSION:

Upon successful completion of this qualification you can progress on to a ladies hairdressing or barbering apprenticeship, a Level two skills based qualification or a Level 3 Technical Certificate in Hair & Beauty Studies. Students will be expected to re-apply and be interviewed for these progression courses. 


 

Key Stage 5

City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Barbering  (6002-20) 360GLH

Subject Leader: Miss Webb
Period Allocation: Full-time 1 year


The Level 2 Technical Certificate in barbering aims to provide you with a range of specialist foundation skills and technical knowledge that will equip you to seek employment or further training within the barbering industry. 
LESSONS:

Qualification structure
For the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Barbering the teaching programme must cover the content detailed in the structure below:

Unit
number
Unit Title GLH
Mandatory    
201 Principles and practices of hairdressing and barbering services 90
202 Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 30
208 Cut hair using basic barbering techniques 120
209 Dry and finish men's hair 30
210 Cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques 30
211 Create basic outlines and detailing in hair 60

TEACHING METHODS:

The learner will work in the  realistic learning environment (RLE).  Classroom activities will include individual and group work, completing questions and answers, taking part in game like activities, research will be carried out and then discussed.  Note taking will be required and ICT interactive activities will also be used to facilitate learning.

ASSESSMENT:

Assessment requirements and employer involvement
To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Barbering candidates must successfully complete the mandatory assessment components 

Component
number

 
Title
Mandatory  
005 Level 2 Barbering - Theory exam (1)*
006 Level 2 Barbering - Synoptic assignment (1)*

In addition, candidates must achieve the mandatory employer involvement requirement for this qualification before they can be awarded a qualification grade.  For more information, please see guidance in section 4: Employer involvement. 

 EMPLOYER INVOLVEMENT

Component
number

Title

Mandatory  
820 Employer involvement

Employment involvement requirement

Meaningful employment involvement:
In all cases participating industry practitioners and employers must be relevant to the industry sector or occupation/occupational group to which the qualification relates.

  • students undertake structured work-experience or work-placements that develop skills and knowledge relevant to the qualification;
  • students undertake project(s), exercises(s) and/or assessments/examination(s) set with input from industry practitioner(s);
  • students take one or more units delivered or co-delivered by an industry practitioner(s).  This could take the form of master classes or guest lectures:
  •  industry practitioners operate as 'expert witnesses' that contribute to the assessment of a student's work or practice, operating within a specified assessment framework.  This may be a specific project(s), exercise(s) or examination(s), or all assessments for a qualification.

EQUIPMENT / GENERAL COURSE COSTS: 

For those 16-18 course fees are not applicable, however learners will be required to buy a hairdressing kit, prices are TBC, but in the region of £150.00 for a full kit, there will be a recommended textbook list.  There is a salon dress code that has to be strictly adhered to; this requires candidates to wear a tunic & trousers / skirt (approximately £50.00).  Please note there will be educational trips arranged throughout the year to enhance the course delivery, however costs for these optional trips will be advised nearer the time.

NB:
Students over 19 at the start of the course will be expected to pay course fees, please enquire at the school.  Learners over 19 will be required to pay the registration and certification costs incurred by the awarding body, these are not confirmed but in the region of £90.00.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:
Suitable applicants will be interviewed to assess their interest / passion for hairdressing.  They must be of smart appearance and have good interpersonal skills.  a level 1 qualification in hairdressing & beauty therepy or a minimum of 3 GCSE's A*-C are required for entry on to this course.  The minimum 3 A*-C are expected to be in the following subjects Maths, English, Science, Computer Science / IT or Art and Design subjects.
 
HOW PARENTS CAN HELP:
Learners will require support through their learning programme and a salon work placement.  Access to a PC at home is advantageous although not essential.  The school provides ICT facilities that learners can access outside of their timetable, during study periods.

PROGRESSION:
Upon successful completion of this qualification you can progress on to a level 3 Technical Diploma in hairdressing.


City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy Post -16 (6003-20)

Subject Leader: Miss Webb
Period Allocation: Full-time 1 year

The Level 2 Technical Certificates aim to provide you with a range of specialist foundation skills and technical knowledge that will equip you to seek employment or further training within the Beauty Therapy industry. 

LESSONS:
To achieve this Diploma, candidates must complete 54 credits.  All mandatory units, 42 credits, plus a minimum of 12 credits from the optional units must be completed.

Qualification structure

For the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy the teaching programme must cover the content detailed in the structure below:

Unit
number

Unit title

 

GLH

 

Mandatory    
201 Anatomy & Physiology 60
202 Principles of practice for beauty therapists 30
203 Hair removal treatments 60
204 Facial and skin analysis treatments 60
205 Manicure services 30
206 Pedicure services 30
207 Light cured gel polish 60
208 Lash and brow treatment 60
209 Apply make up 30

Optional - Learners must complete one of the following

210 Male skin care treatments 30
211 Tanning treatments 30
212 Introduction to the spa industry 30

Total  Qualification Time
Total Qualification Time (TQT) is the total amount of time, expected to be spent by a Learner to achieve a qualification.  It includes both guided learning hours (which are listed separately) and hours spent in preparation, study and assessment.

Title and Level GLH TQT
Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy 450 720

TEACHING METHODS:
The learner will take part in practical workshops in the realistic learning environment (RLE).  Classroom activities will include individual and group work, completing questions and answers, taking part in game like activities together with carrying out research followed by discussion.  Note taking will be required and ICT interactive activities will also be used to facilitate learning.  

ASSESSMENT:
Assessment requirements and employer involvement

To achieve the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy candidates must successfully complete both the mandatory assessment components as well as the optional assessment component for their chosen optional unit.

Component
number
Mandatory

Title

020 Level 2 Beauty Therapy - Theory Exam (1)
021 Level 2 Beauty Therapy - Synoptic Assignment (1)

Optional

210 Male skin care
211 Tanning treatments
212 Spa treatments

Employer involvement
 

Component
number
Mandatory
Title
820 Employer involvement

(The optional unit offered at this centre is Spray Tanning)

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Employer involvement is a formal component of Key Stage 5 Technical qualifications.  It does not contribute to the overall qualification grading, but is a mandatory requirement that all learners must meet.  As such it is subject to external quality assurance by City & Guilds.

Department for Education (DfE) requirements state: 
Employer involvement in the delivery and/or assessment of technical qualifications provides a clear 'line of sight' to work, enriches learning, raises the credibility of the qualification in the eyes of employers, parents and students and furthers collaboration between the learning and skills sector and industry.
Technical qualifications must:

  • require all students to undertake meaningful activity involving employers during their study; and
  • be governed by quality assurance procedures run by the awarding organisation to confirm that education providers have secured employer involvement for every student.

Extract from Vocational qualifications for 16-19 year olds, 2017 and 2018 performance tables:  technical guidance for awarding organisations, paragraphs 89-90.

EQUIPMENT / GENERAL COURSE COSTS:

For those 16-18 course fees are not applicable.  Learners will be required to buy a kit, prices are TBC, but in the region of £200.00 together with a recommended textbook list.  There is a strict salon dress code that requires candidates to wear a tunic and trousers (approximately £50.00).  Please note there will be educational trips arranged throughout the year to enhance the course delivery and costs for these optional trips will be advised nearer the time.

N.B.

Students over 19 at the start of the course will be expected to pay course fees, please enquire at the school if unsure.  Learners over 19 will be required to pay the registration and certification costs incurred by the awarding body. For students under 19, course fees will not apply.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:

Suitable applicants will be interviewed to assess their interest / passion for Beauty Therapy.  They must be of smart appearance and have good interpersonal skills.  Suitable applicants will have three GCSE’s grade ‘C’ or above one being in English, Maths, ICT or Science.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP:

Learners will require support through their learning programme and a salon work placement.  Learners will be expected to word-process their research and report assignments, so access to a PC at home is advantageous although not essential.  The school provides ICT facilities that learners can access outside of their timetable, during study periods.

PROGRESSION:

Upon successful completion of this qualification students can progress on to a Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship level two qualification, or the level three diplomas in Beauty Therapy. Students will be expected to re-apply and be interviewed for these progression courses.


City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Cutting & Styling (6002-22) 360GLH
Level 2 Technical Certificate in Colouring (6002-23) 360GLH

Subject Leader: Miss Webb
Period Allocation: Full-time 2 years

The Level 2 Technical Certificates aim to provide you with a range of specialist foundation skills and technical knowledge that will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing industry. 

The level 2 is a two year course consisting of two qualifications, the Technical Certificate in Cutting and Styling and the Technical Certificate in Colouring. If the student already has significant experience of the hairdressing industry they may be entered for the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hairdressing (6002-21) 450GLH, a one year course, this decision will be made by the Subject Leader as applicable.

LESSONS:

Qualification structure

For the Level 2 Technical Certificate for Cutting and Styling Services the teaching programme must cover the content detailed in the structure below: 

Unit
number

 
Unit title GLH
Mandatory    
201 Principles and practices of hairdressing and barbering services 90
202 Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 30
203 Cut hair using basic techniques 120
204 Style, set and dress hair 90
206 Plait and twist hair 30


Qualification structure
For the Level 2 Technical Certificate for Hair Colouring Services the teaching programme must cover the content detailed in the structure below: 

Unit
number
Unit title GLH
Mandatory    
201 Principles and practices of hairdressing and barbering services 90
205 Colour and lighten hair 120
207 Styling and finishing services 60
Optional - Learners must be taught at least 90 GHL from units 212 or 213    
212 Perm and neutralise hair 90
213 Relax hair 90

Qualification structure
For the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hairdressing the teaching programme must cover the content detailed in the structure below: 

Unit
number
Unit title GLH
Mandatory    
201 Principles and practices of hairdressing and barbering services 90
202 Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 30
203 Cut hair using basic techniques 120
204 Style, set and dress hair 90
205 Colour and lighten hair 120

TEACHING METHODS:

The learner will work in the realistic learning environment (RLE). Classroom activities will include individual and group work, completing questions and answers, taking part in game like activities, research will be carried out and then discussed. Note taking will be required and ICT interactive activities will also be used to facilitate learning. 

ASSESSMENT:

Assessment requirements and employer involvement 

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate for Cutting and Styling Services candidates must successfully complete the mandatory assessment components

Component number Title
Mandatory  
009 Level 2 Cutting and Styling Services - Theory exam 
010 Level 2 Cutting and Styling Services - Synoptic assignment 

Assessment requirements and employer involvement 

To achieve the Level 2 Technical Certificate for Hair Colouring Services candidates must successfully complete both mandatory assessment components as well as the optionak assessment components for their chosen optional units.

Component number Title
Mandatory  
011 Level 2 Hair Colouring Services - Theory exam (1)
012 Level 2 Cutting and Styling Services - Synoptic assignment (1)
Optional   
212 Perm and neutralise hair
213 Relax hair

EMPLOYER INVOLVEMENT REQUIRED:
Meaningful employer involvement:

In all cases participating industry practitioners and employers must be relevant to the industry sector or occupation/occupational group to which the qualification relates.

  • Students undertake structured work experience or work placements that develop skills and knowledge relevant to the qualification
  • Students undertake project(s), exercise(s) and/or assessments/examination(s) set with input from industry practitioner(s)
  • Students take one or more units delivered or co-delivered by an industry practitioner(s). This could take the form of master classes or guest lectures
  • Industry practitioners operate as 'expert witnesses' that contribute to the assessment of a student's work or practice, operating within a specified assessment framework. This may be a specific project(s), exercise(s) or examination(s), or all assessments for a qualification.

Assessment requirements and employer involvement 

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing candidates must successfully complete the mandatory assessment components

Component number Title
Mandatory  
007 Level 2 Hairdressing - Theory exam (1)*
008 Level 2 Hairdressing - Synoptic assignment (1)*

In addition, candidates must achieve the mandatory employer involvement requirement for this qualification before they can be awarded a qualification grade, For more information, please see guidance in Section 4: Employment involvement.

Employer involvement  
Component number Title
Mandatory  
821 Employer involvement


EQUIPMENT / GENERAL COURSE COSTS:

For those 16-18 course fees are not applicable.  Learners will be required to buy a hairdressing kit, prices are TBC, but in the region of £200.00 for a full kit; there will be a recommended textbook list.  There is a salon dress code that has to be strictly adhered to; this requires candidates to wear a tunic & trousers/skirt (approximately £50.00).  Please note there will be educational trips arranged throughout the year to enhance the course delivery, however costs for these optional trips will be advised nearer the time.

PLEASE NOTE:

Students over 19 at the start of the course will be expected to pay course fees, please enquire at the school if unsure.  Learners over 19 will be required to pay the registration and certification costs incurred by the awarding body; these are not confirmed, but are in the region of £90.00. For students under 19, course fees will not apply.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:

Suitable applicants will be interviewed to assess their interest / passion for hairdressing.  They must be of smart appearance and have good interpersonal skills.  A level 1 qualification in hairdressing & beauty therapy or a minimum of three GCSE’s A* - C are required for entry on to this course. The minimum three A* - C's are expected to be in the following subjects English, Maths, ICT/Computer Science, Science or Art & Design subjects.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP:

Learners will require support through their learning programme and a salon work placement.  Access to a PC at home is advantageous although not essential. The school provides ICT facilities that learners can access outside of their timetable, during study periods.

PROGRESSION:

Upon successful completion of this qualification you can progress on to a Level 3 Technical Diploma in Hairdressing.


City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Hairdressing (6002 - 31)  540GLH 

Subject Leader: Miss Webb
Period Allocation: Full-time 1 year
QAN: 601/7348/8


This Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Hairdressing (540) aims to provide you with a range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing industry.  A Level 2 qualification in hairdressing or equivalent industry experience is required before enrolling on this course.

LESSONS:

Qualification structure

For the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Hairdressing (540) the teaching programme must cover the content detailed in the structure below:

Unit number

Unit title

GLH

Mandatory    
301 Hairdressing consultation services 60
302 Cut hair using a combination of techniques 120
303 Creatively colour and lighten hair 120
304 Creatively style and dress hair 60
401 Hair colour correction services 120
Optional    
201 Cut men's hair using basic techniques 120
305 Creative hair extension services 60
306 Smoothing and strengthening services 60
307 Create a variety of perming effects 90
308 Hair relaxing services 90
402 Specialist hair and scalp treatments 90
403 Creative hair design skills 60


TEACHING METHODS:

The learner will work in a realistic learning environment (RLE).  Classroom activities will include individual and group work, completing questions and answers, taking part in games like activities, research will be carried out and then discussed.  Note taking will be required and ICT interactive activities will also be used to facilitate learning. 

ASSESSMENT:

Assessment requirements and employer involvement

To achieve the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Hairdressing (540) candidates must successfully complete all the mandatory assessment components.

City & Guilds component number

Title

Mandatory  
003 Externally set, externally marked test
004 Externally set, externally moderated synoptic assignment
Optional  
201 Cut men's hair using basic techniques
306 Creative hair extension services
307 Smoothing and strengthening systems
308 Create a variety of perming effects
309 Hair relaxing services
402 Specialist hair and scalp treatments
403 Creative hair design skills


In addition, candidates must achieve the mandatory employer involvement requirement for this qualification, before they can be awarded a qualification grade.  For more information, please see guidance in Section 4: Employer involvement.

EMPLOYER INVOLVEMENT

Component number

Title

Mandatory  
831 Employer Involvement


MEANINGFUL EMPLOYER INVOLVEMENT:

in all cases, participating industry practitioners and employers must be relevant to the industry sector or occupation/occupational group to which the qualification relates.

  • students undertake structured work-experience or work-placements that develop skills and knowledge relevant to the qualification;
  • students undertake project(s), exercise(s) and/or assessments/examination(s) set with input from industry practitioner(s);
  • students take one or more units delivered or co-delivered by an industry practitioner(s).  This could take the form of master classes or guest lectures;
  • industry practitioners operate as 'expert witnesses' that contribute to the assessment of a student's work or practice, operating within a specified assessment framework.  This may be a specific project(s), exercise(s) or examination(s), or all assessments for a qualification.

Assessment requirements and employer involvement

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing candidates must successfully complete the mandatory assessment components.

Component
number
Mandatory
Title
007 Level 2 Hairdressing - Theory exam (1)
008 Level 2 Hairdressing - Synoptic assignment (1)

In addition, candidates must achieve the mandatory employer involvement requirement for this qualification before they can be awarded a qualification grade.  For more information, please see guidance in section 4:  Employer involvement.  

Employer Involvement

Component
number
Mandatory
Title
821 Employer involvement

EQUIPMENT / GENERAL COURSE COSTS:

For those 16-18 course fees are not applicable, however learners will be required to buy a hairdressing kit, prices are TBC, but in the region of £200.00 for a full kit, there will be a recommended textbook list.  There is a salon dress code that has to be strictly adhered to; this requires candidates to wear a tunic & trousers/skirt (approximately £50.00).  Please note there will be educational trips arranged throughout the year to enhance the course delivery, however costs for these optional trips will be advised nearer the time.

N.B
Students over 19 at the start of the course will be expected to pay course fees, please enquire at the school.  Learners over 19 will be required to pay the registration and certification costs incurred by the awarding body, these are not confirmed but in the region of £90.00

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:
Suitable applicants will be interviewed to assess their interest / passion for hairdressing.  They must be of smart appearance and have good interpersonal skills. A level 1 qualification in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy or a minimum of 3 GCSE's A*-C are required for entry on to this course.  The minimum 3 A8-C's are expected to be in the following subjects Maths, English,Science, Computer Science/IT or Art and Design subjects.

Suitable applicants will have three GCSEs grade ‘C’ or above one being in English, Maths, ICT or a Science and a hairdressing or barbering qualification at level 2

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP:
Learners will require support through their learning programme and a salon work placement.  Access to a PC at home is advantageous, although not essential.  The school provides ICT facilities that learners can access outside of their timetable, during study periods.

PROGRESSION:
Upon successful completion of this qualification you can progress on to a Level 3 Technical Diploma in hairdressing.

Staff Profiles

Mrs Debbie Webb - Subject Leader for Work Related Learning

I always wanted to be a hairdresser and to work in a creative and changing environment where I worked closely with people and made an active contribution to others’ ability to feel good about themselves. 

My school reports always said ‘Deborah could achieve so much more if she was more attentive in class and applied herself more fully.’ I guess they were right; had the qualification structures been in place that are now being offered by the 14-19 government reforms, then perhaps I would have been a more engaged learner at 14-16.  As it was I left school at 16 and entered an apprenticeship scheme with moderate achievements at ‘O’ level and CSE. 

Whilst attending college as a day release apprentice I remember going back to work and saying to the stylists ‘that’s what I’d like to do one day, teach’, it was a passing ‘flip’ thought really. 

Upon completion of my apprenticeship I worked in salons as a stylist improving my skills and knowledge, which lead to my gaining managerial positions. As part of this role I became engaged in the training of apprentices and I enjoyed it. So I decided to become self-employed, changed my working hours and went back in to training to obtain advanced qualifications, assessor and verifier awards, and my teaching qualification. I studied for four years alongside my work role. On completion of my qualifications I gained part-time employment in an further education (FE) establishment, which I ran alongside my salon role.

The past 11 years have been spent in educational establishments working with apprenticeship frameworks, full time FE / secondary education learners from the ages of 14 upwards. So I guess that ‘flip’ thought turned into reality. 

Since 2004 my posts have been of a managerial capacity, successfully running a large department within a college before joining Knole Academy in September 2008.

I am currently working for City & Guilds as a Moderator, writer & examiner for Hairdressing qualifications, and the role of Principal Moderator for the Higher and Extended project qualifications.

My colleagues and I hope to ensure, as far as is possible, that learners within Knole Academy continue to be offered quality teaching and learning, and qualification frameworks that successfully secure opportunity for learners to reach their career goals. 

Miss Emma Manktelow - Hairdressing & Barbering Teacher

I started my training career eight years ago with a private training provider then moved into teaching in further education, which is where I spent the six years prior to joining Knole Academy in September 2008. I train students to gain work-ready and occupational competence qualifications in Hairdressing and Barbering and am also a form tutor.

I followed an apprenticeship route after completing school, as at this time there was not the option to start studies of the industry before this point in education.   After a few years of working with clients in the salon, I became a manageress of a salon. At this stage I undertook further training and completed assessor awards; these enabled me to secure a part-time role with a private training provider visiting salons and assessing students who were completing NVQ’s in the work place. 

From here I moved to working at a college part-time, which later became full-time, and completed a qualification to enable me to teach in further education. My role at the college required me to co-ordinate, assess and verify level 2 programs for NVQ and Diploma awards in Hairdressing and Barbering. 

I have continued to keep up-to-date my knowledge and skills by working on a part-time basis in the Hair and Barbering industry, in addition to attending and completing further formal training. After 19 years in the industry I still have the same passion and ‘buzz’ for the ever changing industry as I did when first starting out as a Saturday girl. 

Mrs Rosina Knutton - Beauty Therapy Teacher

After my training at the London College of Fashion in the late seventies, I opened a beauty salon in Sevenoaks where I worked until my family came along. I continued to treat clients as a ‘mobile’ therapist and began teaching beauty therapy at West Kent College in 1990. I undertook many training and development programmes during my seventeen years of service there and was involved in expanding the beauty therapy department. I am now very pleased to be teaching at the Knole Academy with a focus on encouraging and enthusing younger students, helping them develop skills in beauty therapy.

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