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Hair & Beauty 

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Welcome to the Hair & Beauty subject page. Below you will find a breakdown of each year group, including what is taught, how we assess, what enrichment opportunities there are and what can be expected in terms of homework. If you need any more information please contact the teacher of Hair & Beauty, Mrs Morton, at smorton@cromwell.cambs.sch.uk.


Homework is set on a regular basis by the class teacher and can be accessed by logging into your Go4Schools account. 

Ability Grouping

Hair & Beauty is taught in mixed ability groups.

Teaching Staff

Mrs S Morton


Click here to see the Hair & Beauty curriculum map for Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy AM20530

This course will enable you to gain both the theoretical, academic skills and the important practical skills needed for progression.  You will develop a real understanding of what it is to work in this sector.

What will I study?

The VTCT Level 2 certificate in hairdressing and beauty therapy has been designed to support you to develop a broad and comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the hair and beauty sector.  This qualification will develop academic and study skills that will support progression within the hair and beauty sector.

You will follow two mandatory units:

Unit 1:  Understanding the hair and beauty sector

In this unit you will learn about the structure of the industry, the products used and the services and treatments provided.

Unit 2:  Hair and beauty research project

For this unit you will choose a topic and conduct research into it.               

And also two optional units:

Unit 1:  Hair and beauty science

You will develop an understanding of the science of hair and beauty products. You will also learn about the anatomy of the skin and hair.

Unit 2:  Responding to hair and beauty brief

You will be set a specific design brief relating to the hair and beauty industry and you will be expected to present your ideas.

Who is the course for?

This qualification is most suited for learners wishing to pursue a career in the hair and beauty industry or who want to work in related fields such as the media or theatre.

What entry requirements are there?

To have an interest in the hair and beauty industry. A short interview may be required.

How is my work assessed?

The level 2 course is assessed by producing a portfolio of course work which is marked and assessed by the awarding body. There is also an online exam.

Please click here to view the Hair & Beauty exam specification 

Will there be any independent study?

You will be expected to complete independent study on a weekly basis.

Where will this course take me?

If you successfully achieve this qualification, you could progress to higher level vocationally-related qualifications.  You will be able to progress to the post 16 hair and beauty options at Cromwell.

There are additional qualifications which these courses could lead to, for example, fashion and photographic make-up, nail technology, media make up, massage and aromatherapy.

Successful completion of this course could also lead to apprenticeships in hairdressing, barbering, beauty therapy and nails services.  The qualification may also be useful to those seeking to progress to qualifications in a range of industries including complementary and alternative therapies, spa therapy, fashion and photography, theatre and media, sport and active leisure.