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Hair and Beauty Studies Diploma (Higher) 14-16 at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

The Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies will introduce you to a whole new world. You will take a trip into the past, where you’ll study how hair and beauty played its part in ancient cultures and explore what has influenced hair and beauty in society today. You’ll then travel into the present where you’ll see the science and technology that goes into hair and beauty product research, design and development that is driving the sector forward into the future. What will I learn? The Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies will encourage you to develop your skills and creativity as you come up with new looks and experiment with products. At the Higher level, you’ll be introduced to the work of the different professions in more detail. You’ll investigate how culture, diversity, science, anatomy, physiology, marketing and sales affects the industry. You’ll also gain great people skills that are highly valued by employers both within and outside this sector. Excellent customer service and communication skills are important for the success of any business, and these will develop as you work with and have to interpret your customers’ needs. How is the Diploma made up? Principal learning (subject learning you have to do) At the heart of the Diploma are your core hair and beauty subjects. These will teach you the main things you need to know about the hair and beauty sector. You’ll learn about the issues that are influencing and driving the sector today, how it works and what skills you will need to work within it. Activities you might do in your principal learning: At Higher level, you’ll be introduced to the different professions in detail. You could investigate cultural and diversity issues, the science, anatomy and physiology involved, and the different consultation techniques used for each industry. You could study the make-up and hairstyling of an ancient civilisation such as the Romans or Egyptians. You could carry out a risk assessment on a local hair and beauty business. You could manage bookings and payments for a salon in your school or college. Additional and specialist learning (choices you can make) As part of the diploma you will be able to study additional subjects. Functional skills in English, math s and ICT Like all Diploma students, you’ll develop a good standard of English, maths and ICT. These subjects are essential to succeed in any business or learning environment, whether you decide to continue in the hair and beauty sector or not. Personal, learning and thinking skills All Diploma students will develop personal, learning and thinking skills, such as team working, creative thinking and self-management. These are vital skills in both life and work, and will be useful to you in the future, no matter which path you take. Work experience Your Diploma will give you the opportunity to do at least 10 days’ work experience. This is a great way to use the knowledge, understanding and skills you have learnt in the classroom, and experience what work is like from the inside. Student projects During your Diploma, you’ll complete a student project to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have learnt. This could be a written piece of work, for example, like a report looking at the role the media plays in the rise of eating disorders. Or it could be a practical piece of work, like a video on the different hairstyles and looks that can be found in a culturally diverse area near you.

Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

The Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies will give you the skills you need for either university or work, and is a first step towards a career in the sector. It could give you the background that you need for a foundation or honours degree in biology, dermatology or even business management. Or it could help you begin a career as a hairdresser or barber, nail technician, make-up artist, beauty or spa therapist, business manager or entrepreneur by going onto an Apprenticeship or another work-based training scheme. However, the Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies doesn’t mean you have to opt for a career in this sector. Because a Diploma teaches a mix of subjects, it will give you the skills that are welcomed by colleges, universities and employers, no matter what you choose to do.

Further information

This course is offered by the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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