Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

Curriculum Intent

All pupils:

  • Are thoroughly and confidently engaged in all Level 2 lessons
  • Are able to make outstanding progress evident in Hair and beauty data
  • Have high expectations and believe that by working hard they can succeed
  • Experience a realistic working environment and industrial standards
  • Have the skills, knowledge and who to contact to remain safe
  • Can understand the deeper meanings and command verbs relating to the level 2 Hair and Beauty curriculum
  • Can write and present work accurately and confidently meeting the unit criteria
  • Have additional opportunities to engage with industry and prepare for work whilst investigating job roles in the hair and beauty sector
  • Have a strong foundation for further academic or vocational study with access to further education and or employment

Key Stage 4

At KS4, In Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, we offer an exciting Level 2 course (GCSE equivalent) the qualification is challenging and incorporates both practical skills and subject knowledge in great depth.  Students would be expected to have a genuine interest in Hairdressing and beauty therapy along with a level of creative ability. It is important that pupils are able to work on their own initiative on this course, as it requires a great deal of self-motivation and some autonomous learning. Throughout the delivery of this qualification evidence of an ability to problem solve, apply critical thinking and to be reflective would be required.

The course consists of 4 units of work which will be completed over the 2 year period, each unit worth 25% of the overall grade

UV21579-Hair and beauty research project-coursework

UV21578-Understanding the hair and beauty sector-Mandatory unit-90 minute exam

  • Understand how to plan a research project in hair and beauty :including the types of hair and beauty research projects available
  • The factors that must be considered when planning a research project: Selection of a suitable and realistic research topic considering the objective, research methods (primary, secondary, qualitative and quantitative) including details the given timeline including SMART.
  • Be able to produce a research proposal for a hair and beauty project: Including details of chosen topic, how it will be presented, outcomes and justification of the proposal contents.
  • Be able to carry out a hair and beauty research project: Following the research proposal including the timelines. In addition to the project, a detailed bibliography of information sources will be produced along with analysis of data collected.
  • Understand the structure and importance of the UK hair and beauty sector: This allows an insight into the different types of hair and beauty businesses and related businesses. The contribution the industry make to the economy (GDP).Types of ownership looking at LLP and PLC and franchise. In addition an understanding of trade and professional organisations and their role.
  • Know the products used, and services and treatments provided in the hair and beauty sector: Students will be taught the common hair and beauty services and treatments available, including the health and safety and legislation involved.
  • Understand the career opportunities available within the hair and beauty sector opportunities in related industries, and different training and education pathways.


 UV21581- Marketing hair and beauty products and services-coursework

UV21582-Hair and beauty science- coursework

  • Know the key principles and factors influencing marketing in hair and beauty: The role of marketing in achieving customer satisfaction and the importance of marketing as an activity across the business. Marketing segmentation, marketing mix and marketing communication methods. In addition factors that influence marketing decisions such as legal, ethical, social and technological factors.
  • Know how hair and beauty businesses market their products and services: Looking at how hair and beauty businesses use the marketing mix to promote and sell products. Exploring the 4 ‘P’s, product, price, place and promotion.
  • Be able to carry out market research in hair and beauty: Considering a range of research methods, such as primary, secondary, quantitative and qualitative. The planning and designing of documentation for such an activity and then finally analysis of the results.
  • Be able to plan promotional activities and develop promotional materials for hair and beauty products and services: Including objective of the activity, defining the target market, promoting products and services considering costs and USPs. In addition the development of materials such as leaflets, brochures and displays.
  • Understand the chemistry of the hair and beauty products: Covering the common ingredients and the functions and properties found in hair and beauty products. Basic chemistry looking at atoms molecules, ions, elements and compounds.
  • Know the anatomy of the skin and hair: Detailed research into the structure of both the hair and skin, including characteristics and the factors that can affect them.
  • Be able to define a formulation for a hair or beauty product. To predefine a cosmetic formulation. Looking at effects of ingredients and combinations for different hair and skin types, contra -indications, restrictions and possible contra actions.
Mr R Samphire

Curriculum Leader

Mrs W Burrell

Exam specifications

What Career?

Progression would be in the form of further vocationally related studies at Level 2/3 qualifications Students may also progress to an apprenticeship within the Industry or A levels in Business studies or Applied business.

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