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Beauty Therapy

Curriculum Intent

The world of hair and beauty is an ever changing industry with new and innovative treatments being developed all of the time. Our curriculum intent is to enrich your knowledge and understanding of this fast paced world we call hair and beauty. 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 our curriculum 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. Not only do we enrich your knowledge on the treatments, products and tools used in the sector we also explore the skills and attributes required to become a successful professional. There are many career paths that can be followed in hair and beauty and our curriculum provides the underpinning knowledge required to discover where this world of hair and beauty can take you!

Key Stage 4

This VTCT Level 2 has been developed for learners with an interest in hairdressing and/or beauty therapy. It aims to support young people to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the hair and beauty sector
  • Develop significant knowledge which spans the entire vocational sector and related industries.
  • Develop academic and study skills that will support progression within the hair and beauty sector and more broadly, across the range of sectors.

Learners will gain an understanding of the hair and beauty sector and undertake a research project. They will also have the opportunity to study business enterprise, marketing and promotions in hair and beauty, to look at the science of hair and beauty and to respond to a hair and beauty design brief.

Examined Elements:

Understanding the hair and beauty sector: this unit will develop learners’ understanding of the businesses that make up the hair and beauty sector and the products, services and treatments offered. This unit will also suitably prepare you for other sectors and industries.

Controlled Assessment:

Hair and beauty research project: this unit will provide learners with an understanding of the different types of hair and beauty research projects and the factors that must be considered when planning research.
The Science of Hair and Beauty: this unit will provide learners with an understanding of the concepts of the science elements required to make and provide hair and beauty products. Students will get the opportunity to make and create their very own beauty product.
Responding to a Design Brief: students will be given the opportunity to use their personal creativity and create a mood board, scrap book presentation to present their design brief based on hair and beauty.

Practical Assessment:

Manicure and Nail Art: learners will learn to complete a full range of manicure and nail art practical skills, working on each other in the sessions. This will include filing, cuticle work, nail painting and application of nail art.
Facial and Skin Care: learners will learn to carry out skin analysis and identify the different skin types. Learners will work on each other practically and develop their facial skills including cleansing, toning, exfoliating, massage and facial mask.

Key Stage 5

In the first year, you will learn a variety of subjects including facials, manicure, pedicure, make up, eyelash and eyebrow treatments, waxing and reception work. You will also learn the importance of health & safety, working as a team and retailing.

In year two you will study electrical treatments to the face and body, Swedish body massage, electrical epilation, massage using pre-blended oils, figure diagnosis and self tanning treatments.


There are four types of assessment: demonstration of practical competence on members of the public, short assignments and projects, oral questioning and written end of unit tests. A portfolio of work is built up during the course.

Progression Pathways

Progression Pathways – Beauty

Curriculum Overview

Beauty Curriculum Overview 2021 Autumn Half Term

Beauty Team

Mrs Willis Miss BowersMrs WoodhouseMrs McArdle
Curriculum Leader of BeautyInstructor of BeautyTeacher of BeautyVocational Assistant



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