Are you interested in working in the exciting hairdressing or media make-up sector? Do you want to do something practical and hands on? This qualification is designed to give you a taste of this growing industry, including stimulating experiences that provide a springboard to the next level of study in the hairdressing or media make-up sector. This course will suit you if you're just starting out or have some knowledge and basic skills in the industry. If you are interested in working with people, developing a useful set of skills that will allow you to train further and provide you with opportunities for travel and a variety of exciting jobs, then this is the course for you.
There has never been a better time to enter the bustling hairdressing and media make-up industry. The industry is a vibrant, dynamic and fast paced offering fantastic employment and training opportunities. The sector boasts a workforce of over 245,000 people working across 55,000 businesses comprising of hair, beauty and nail salons, barbers, and spas. HABIA states the industry size and turnover annually in this sector is £6.2 billion, employing nearly a quarter of a million people. As one of the biggest growing industries in Cheshire currently, there are plenty of opportunities to earn big wages.
Learning on your course will take place in our state-of-the-art front-facing salon, The Academy, which has fully equipped professional hairdressing salons and media make-up studios. Being immersed in the salon environment and working on real paying clients will give the opportunity to put your newly developed skills to the test and receive live, honest critique. The open salon practical sessions will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism and develop a range of techniques for a variety of clients.
This hands-on, work-based course will provide you with all of the skills, knowledge and experience needed to progress on within the industry. You will be introduced to the hairdressing and media make-up sector, and learn how present a professional image in a salon. There will be a key focus on client consultation, and how to promote products and services to clients in the salon environment, to prepare you for work in a real salon. You will also develop skills and knowledge within the art of photographic make-up, applying skin tanning techniques, shaping and colouring eyebrows, body art design, applying make-up, themed face painting and plaiting and twisting.
After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to progress onto the Level 3 in Theatrical & Media Make-up, which covers cosmetic make-up science, photographic make-up, anatomy and physiology, airbrush make-up, cosmetic camouflage, false eyelash application and special effects make-up. You will also be in a position to offer mobile hair and make-up treatments or begin work within a salon environment.
In order to enhance your learning and knowledge of the wider sector, you will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers throughout your course, who will come in and talk about their specialist area or their world of work. This has included a range of employers, manufacturers such as Dermalogica and Paul Mitchell, plus apprentices who have progressed with their career and opened their own businesses. Our links with product companies will also provide you with a trade card, allowing you to build on your product repertoire for home use to build on your skills. We also have strong links with Steiner, to open your eyes to the exciting opportunity of working in hairdressing or make-up application on cruise ships whilst travelling the world.
We will also support you in securing a two week work placement in a relevant vocational setting, enabling you to gain a taste of a real life working environment. This could even be your opportunity to impress and secure a part-time job or apprenticeship!
You will be allocated a Progress Coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and onto your chosen career or progression path. We also have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
Studying in our professional hairdressing and media make-up facilities will give you a real insight into work within this industry. We offer professional products and resources, keeping up with the latest trends in the industry to make your learning dynamic and relevant. Our tutors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise within this fantastic and creative industry, and draw upon their working experience to enhance your learning. Our team of specialist tutors have a variety of experience within national companies, including management, and have an array of specialist qualifications, making your learning unique and tailored.
You will also have the opportunity to go on trips and visits, with previous students going to hairdressing exhibitions such as ProHair, ProBeauty and Hair & Beauty UK, to hear from leading professionals in the industry and sample the latest products. You may also put your skills to the test at special events, such as charity events for the elderly, or even see your spooky creations come to life at local Halloween events.
You will be expected to purchase a uniform (approximately £45) so that you can present professional standards from the very start of your course. There will be a kit list issued with makeup and hair products and equipment for use within your time on the course, which you will be required to purchase. Further details will be available on application.
Various trips are organised throughout the academic year relating to the beauty industry, which you will be required to pay a contribution towards.
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including maths and/or English, or successful completion of a level 1 qualification. Students will be expected to continue to study towards a GCSE Grade 4 English & maths if not already achieved.
Irrespective of GCSE results, most students will start at level 1 and learn basic skills before progressing through through the levels.