Hair and Beauty

Team Members

Mrs S Martindale – Beauty Therapist Tutor

Subject Overview

This qualification has been developed for students aged 14-16 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.

Experienced staff are in charge of practical sessions working closely with the students at every stage of the service. Parents, Teachers and the general public are invited to model for the students as part of a themed, end of year hair and beauty show.
This qualification includes two mandatory units that can be applied to any sector or vocational area. In this qualification, students will use hairdressing, beauty therapy and related industries (i.e. retail, leisure, fashion, marketing, media, business) to develop their skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions.

The units that make up this qualification include:

  • Hair and beauty research project (mandatory)
  • Responding to a hair and beauty design brief (optional)
  • Hair and beauty science (optional)
  • Understanding the hair and beauty sector (mandatory)

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Year 9

During year 9, students will carry out the necessary work required to complete one mandatory and one optional unit.
Unit 1 - Hair and beauty research project (mandatory)
In this unit learners learn how to plan a hair and beauty research project. Students will then produce a research proposal and conduct their research into a particular topic area of the hair and beauty sector.
Unit 2 - Responding to a hair and beauty design brief (optional)
In this unit learners will develop an understanding of design briefs throughout the hair and beauty sector. They will then be set a specific design brief to which they have to respond by researching the area, presenting their ideas and justifying their choices.
Upon completion of these two units students learn various practical skills in hair services, media make-up and styling relating to the specific design brief given for that assignment. These skills are then put in to practice and developed in preparation for the end of year hair and beauty show.

Year 10

During year 10 students see the introduction of a further unit based on the science of hair and beauty.
Unit 3 -  Hair and beauty science (optional)
In this unit learners will develop an understanding of the chemistry of hair and beauty products. They will also learn about the anatomy of the skin and hair and produce a formulation for a hair and beauty product.
As well as developing knowledge and skills in researching, science, business, marketing and design, learners will develop further skills which will support them into further study preparing them for the final unit in year 11, including:

  • Critical thinking and being reflective on self-performance and work produced
  • Use of initiative, planning and researching skills, self-management, self-motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Application of knowledge and understanding to real life examples and businesses
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills – verbal, written and visual.

Year 11

Because of the breadth of this qualification, it will complement a range of both GCSEs and Technical Awards. Maths and English GCSEs fit particularly well as this qualification provides opportunities to apply such knowledge and skills. Year 11 sees the completion of the final mandatory unit.

Unit 4 - Understanding the hair and beauty sector (mandatory)

In this unit students will develop an understanding of the structure and importance of the hair and beauty sector. They will also learn about the products used, and services and treatments provided throughout the sector as well as career opportunities. Students will sit a final examination which will determine the final outcome of their GCSE Grade and course success.


The hair and beauty department has an enrichment platform that all students can get involved in. The program includes:

  • Hair and beauty club – this runs throughout the year on a weekly basis and is chance for all year groups get involved and sample skills from the sector.
  • School Productions – students can get involved both on and off stage and students from all Years are invited to participate in the end of year show.
  • Workshops – chances inside and outside of school to enhance and develop industry skills with specialist therapists
  • Industry Trips – students go to a variety of industry exhibitions and shows as part of their studies.