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TOP COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
Analyse hair and skin structure
Why is some hair curly? Why do we all have different coloured hair? Does everybody’s hair grow at the same rate? You will explore these processes and understand the answers to these questions.
Discover the importance of English & Maths
Discover the importance of English and Maths skills and the important role they will play in your professional life, from timing services, mixing and measuring chemicals, reading manufacturer’s instructions and so on.
Develop practical skills
Develop practical skills in the creative art of cutting and dressing women’s hair, effective shampooing and conditioning, the artistic skill of colouring and lightening hair and providing a good consultation service for clients.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
There are seven mandatory units with the addition of three optional units:
- Working in the Hair Industry
- Health and Safety
- Client Consultation
- Shampoo and Condition the Hair and Scalp
- Colour and Lighten Hair
- The Art of Dressing Hair
- Perm and Neutralise Hair
- Create an Image Based on a Theme
- The Art of Colouring Hair
- Salon Reception Duties
Working in the Hair Industry – Through this unit you will develop a sound knowledge of how the hairdressing industry works. You will research the types of services, roles and responsibilities of staff, available career opportunities, legislation that governs the hair industry, good working practices, employment rights and responsibilities of staff.
Health and Safety – You will increase your understanding of health and safety and its importance in the salon in which you work. You will develop the ability to carry out a simple risk analysis, recognise a hazard, responsibly deal with the hazards you have found and follow safe and hygienic working practices. You will also need to be able to locate firefighting equipment, first aid resources and have an awareness of fire, emergency and evacuation procedures.
Client Consultation – You will develop the ability to provide an effective consultation and advisory service for your clients. Being able to identify the capability of your client’s hair will allow you to make recommendations based on questioning, observation and test results. You will learn how to deal with influencing factors like the client’s previous history of their hair, contra-indications, skin and scalp disorders, their lifestyle, and commitment to the service and cost involved, which all impact on the services you suggest.
Shampoo and Condition the Hair and Scalp – The aim of this unit is to develop your skills in shampooing, conditioning and treating the hair and scalp using a variety of products and massage techniques. Being able to identify the condition of your client’s hair, skin and scalp will determine which products and massage techniques to use. You will develop a sound knowledge of shampooing and conditioning products which will enable you to balance your client’s hair and scalp and provide good aftercare advice.
Cutting – You will develop your skills in order to create a variety of basic looks for women using club cutting, freehand and scissor-over-comb techniques. Using these cutting techniques you will demonstrate that you can produce a variety of haircuts on both straight and curly hair.
Colour and Lighten Hair – The aim of this unit is to develop your skills to change hair colour using semi-permanent, quasi-permanent, permanent and lightening products. The use of a variety of colouring techniques such as full head, regrowth and highlighting and/or low-lighting effects provide the basis for all hair services at Level 2. You must develop the ability to take into account a variety of factors and contra-indications that your client may present with.
The Art of Dressing Hair – The aim of this unit is to develop the creative skill of styling, dressing and finishing hair. You will learn how to identify the capability of your client’s hair which will allow you to choose from a range of products, tools and equipment to complete the look. You will need to demonstrate the ability to blow dry, set, put up hair and finish your client’s hair using heated styling equipment.
WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?
Opportunities are many and varied for the enterprising hairdresser from small salons to large high end city salons, television, and theatre. Progressing to a Level 3 Hairdressing course will enable students to start their own business or franchise. Upon completion of Levels 2 & 3 in hairdressing, Higher Education courses will qualify students for teaching, training, or assessing positions.
- Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing
- Level 2 Diploma in Barbering
- Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship
Achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. Students will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods:
- Written assignment work that is conducted as homework.
- Formal assessment of practical skills in a commercial salon environment on paying clients
- Discussions and presentations
- 1:1 tutor sessions
- An online exam for each unit
- A formal assessment for each unit that tests practical skills and theory
GCSE grade 4 in four subjects with at least one of these in English or Maths.
INFORMATION & SUPPORT
The College encourages all students to read widely and conduct their own research into the ever changing world of the Hairdressing industry. Students will be supported in their work throughout the course to enable them to be productive and to help track progression.
A one-day-a-week work placement is a mandatory requirement for this course. It must equate to 45 days or 315 hours.
Upon enrolment a kit and uniform will need to be purchased to complete the qualification.
Awarding Body: VTCT
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