Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 2* at Dearne Valley College (DVC)
The recently-refurbished Aspirations Salon features industry-standard equipment and products allowing you to learn in an exceptionally high-quality, professional working environment. It’s a fully commercial salon, regularly used by members of the public who can access a wide range of salon treatments.
Gaining experience in the workplace will give your portfolio a boost and will show employers that you have gained a broad range of work skills whilst studying for your qualifications. This is a great way to improve your confidence around both clients and colleagues.
Our Placement Officers will support you to find a salon or other business within the industry, where you will undertake a work placement over a number of weeks. The length of your work placement will vary depending on which course you are studying.
Upon successful completion of your work placement, we would hope that you would have gained a glowing work reference for your portfolio.
It is also an excellent opportunity to develop links with a business who may be interested in employing an Apprentice.
Each year the Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing departments join forces to celebrate working in the industry. Throughout this action-packed week you will have the opportunity to undertake short courses and attend presentations from leading industry experts.
In the past, courses have included Pro Polish, Threading, Theatre Make-Up, Ear Piercing and many others. You will also get the chance to chat to experts about employment routes into the industry.
English and Maths
Alongside your main programme, you will attend classes to develop your skills and confidence in English and Maths. These skills are extremely important for any future job role and ensure that you can complete essential tasks in the workplace, such as stock control, reading product instructions, using a booking system, taking messages, and communicating with salon clients.
Uniform and Kit
You will be required to wear an Aspirations Salon tunic, accompanied by smart black trousers/skirt and black shoes, at all times whilst in the salon.
Uniform and kits are available through Dearne Valley College.
• Portfolio: You will create a portfolio of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies
• Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete
• Practical Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the salon
• Real Life Customers: As we operate a commercial salon, you will be assessed whilst carrying out treatments on salon clients
• Most courses also have end-of-unit tests
This course covers:
• Health and Safety
• Salon Reception Duties
• Facial, Make-up and Eye Treatments
• Waxing Treatments
• Manicure, Pedicure and Nail Enhancements
• 4 GCSEs grade A* to D
• GCSE English or Maths, grade C or above (English is preferred)
• Successful curriculum interview and assessment
Portfolio: You will create a portfolio of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies
Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete
Practical Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the salon
Real Life Customers: As we operate a commercial salon, you will be assessed whilst carrying out treatments on salon clients
Most courses also have end of unit tests
The College has a number of funds which are there to help support you if you find yourself in financial difficulties that are affecting your attendance at college or your studies.
If you’re aged between 16 and 19 years and in full-time education or training, you may be eligible for a mandatory or discretionary bursary. Young people in the following groups are eligible to receive a mandatory bursary of up to £1,200 a year.
- Young people in care
- Care leavers
- Young people claiming income support/Universal Credit in their own name
- Disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name
However, other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a smaller, discretionary bursary which is means-tested and allocated based on specific priorities and eligibility criteria.
College eligibility criteria are currently based on a maximum household income of £25,000, good standards of behaviour, and over 90% attendance.
The bursary can help with costs such as food, transport, books and other course-related equipment and/or essentials.
Learner Support and Welfare Fund
The Discretionary Learner Support Funds can be used to buy equipment, help with travel expenses, childcare, and other costs related to attending college to study. These means-tested funds are limited, and allocated based on specific priorities and criteria.
If you are 19 years old or more, have a good attendance and your gross household income does not exceed £25,000, you could be eligible for these funds. The College also operates a small discretionary Emergency Welfare Fund to help students in crisis situations. Funds are limited and are intended to help in the short term.
Support with Childcare Costs
The College may be able to provide support for your childcare costs if you are a full-time student, either for part of, or for the full year.
If you are 20 years old or more, the College receives funding which may contribute towards the childcare you require.
In addition, young people under the age of 20 with childcare needs may be eligible for childcare and travel costs through the national ‘Care to Learn’ scheme. Find out if you’re eligible by visiting: www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn
16-18 Student Concessionary Bus Pass
If you are attending college on a full-time basis and you meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible for a concessionary bus pass for bus and tram travel, and halved fares on local Northern Rail services in South Yorkshire.
For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.travelsouthyorkshire.com
Free school Meals
If you are aged 16 to 18 on 31st August 2014, you may be eligible for free school meals if you or your parents are in receipt of certain benefits. Please visit the Student Services Centre for more information.
NUS Extra Card
NUS extra is the ultimate, must-have student card! It gives you access to hundreds of discounts exclusively for students – including ASOS, Amazon, Topshop, House of Fraser, National Express, New Look, JJB Sports, Pizza Hut, Superdrug and many, many more.
The card costs just £12 and can be purchased directly from the NUS website: www.nus.org.uk
Opportunities after the course:
• You may have the opportunity to progress onto another study programme or an Apprenticeship
• There’s lots of different jobs in the Hair and Beauty industry, including; Hairdressing Junior, Beauty Assistant, Salon Receptionist, Retail Skincare Assistant, Trainee Skincare Therapist, Nail Bar Assistant or Spa Assistant