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a m o l p i D d e c n a v d A e h t ? s e i d What is u t S y t u a e B d n a r in Hai The Advanced Diploma is a new qualification offered alongside A levels and Advanced Apprenticeships. By 2011, there will be seventeen Diploma subjects available in England. The Advanced Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies is usually a two-year full-time qualification for young

people aged 16 and over. It introduces students to a fast-growing and dynamic global sector, and gives them hands-on experience of key activities ranging from management to product design The Diploma also helps students develop other valuable skills such as working independently, managing their own time and working as part of a team.

ma in Hair “the Diplo y Studies and beaut e an will provid nt nd releva exciting a e of study programm to to appeal designed apable the most c r reparing fo p s t n e d stu courses. university ung people it gives yo rnative a real alte g nal learnin to traditio ering routes, off general a blend of and education arning.” applied le linson, Sarah raw y of Derby universit

? t n e r e f f i d How is it The Advanced Diploma offers a unique blend of theoretical study and practical learning, and allows students to learn in a work-related setting – both real and simulated. Because it has been developed with employers and universities, the learning is put in context, and captures the relevance – and excitement – of the subject. The Advanced Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies gives students an insight into the alluring, image-conscious world of hair and beauty, and helps them develop their thinking, questioning, creative and communication skills. 02

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It also equips them with the knowledge and understanding to take on different roles, providing the kind of flexibility that employers are often looking for. Unlike other qualifications that focus on developing sector-specific skills in isolation, the Diploma has a cross-disciplinary approach. This way, students learn to apply their skills in various business and organisational settings and get a good idea of their career options. The Advanced Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies gives students a fully-rounded education. It provides them with the skills they need for further study or future employment in many areas, and doesn’t necessarily have to lead to a career or university course in the sector.


? e r a p m o c t How does i The Advanced Diploma is a level 3 qualification equivalent to 3.5 A levels – although it takes broadly the same time to complete as 3 A levels or a BTEC National Diploma. The Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS) awards the qualification a maximum of 490 UCAS points (the same as 3.5 A levels). All UK universities will accept the right Advanced Diploma at the right grade for entry onto a degree course. Some will also expect students to take a particular

Principal Learning Main subject e.g. Engineering

A level or other qualification as their additional and specialist learning option to meet specific course entry requirements. Admissions criteria for 2010 (published by UCAS in May 2009) indicate that a Diploma is suitable for entry to about 80% of all UK undergraduate courses. For details of individual college and university positions on the Advanced Diploma, go to www.ucas.ac.uk/students/beforeyouapply/ diplomas/14-19diplomas/statements

Generic Learning

Project

Functional skills

Work experience

Foundation Diploma

Practical assessments + 1 exam

Project

ICT / Maths / English Level 1

Minimum 10 days

Higher Diploma

Practical assessments + 1 exam

Project

ICT / Maths / English Level 2

Minimum 10 days

ICT / Maths / English Level 2

Minimum 10 days

Advanced Diploma

Practical assessments + 2 or 3 exams

Extended Project

Additional or Specialist Learning Optional courses agreed with your teacher

Choose from a range of qualifications including: •

BTECs

GCSEs

A levels

Equivalent to

5 x GCSEs,   (grade D – G) 7 x GCSEs,   (grade A* – C)

3.5 A levels

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What will students learn? The Advanced Diploma is made up of three core elements: principal learning, generic learning and additional and specialist learning. These are described in more detail over the next few pages.

g n i n r a e l l Principa The principal learning is compulsory, and consists of a number of hair and beauty topics that teach students the main principles and practices for this sector. The topics are organised around four learning themes: • employability • customer interaction • creativity and innovation • the science of hair and beauty. The themes do not feature as individual parts of the Diploma and are not assessed separately – but they underpin what is taught in the hair and beauty principal learning.

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Employability Students explore the factors influencing business location, acquisition and design, and the relationship between high-quality interior design and business success. They look at leadership and management, basic business systems and processes, especially within the area of salon reception. In addition, they learn the importance of complying with health and safety and taking responsibility for personal presentation, hygiene, well-being and safe working.

Creativity and innovation Students explore the exciting area of product design in the hair and beauty sector. At the same time, they investigate how social, environmental, ethical and economic factors influence the marketplace. They analyse the impact of the media on creative and artistic approaches and the significance of image. They develop their own flair and practical skills to interpret and create an image. They also look at the factors affecting the launch and presentation of a new image, product or service.

How? Students may plan and design a cutting-edge hair and beauty business environment or a health spa, assessing relevant commercial factors, and then making decisions about location, interior design, branding and viability.

How? Students may plan, carry out and evaluate a promotional event that showcases state-of-the-art or innovative hair and beauty trends. Equally they might team up with a friend doing the Diploma in Creative and Media to present a hair and clothes fashion show.

Why? Getting a real grasp of the commercial aspects of the sector and how they are tied in with image and branding issues is essential for anyone considering a career or starting up on their own in this sector.

Why? Creativity and flair are what gives this sector its heart and allure. Giving students an opportunity to try this out for themselves, feel the excitement and face the challenges is a highly attractive aspect of the Diploma and key training for the talented and ambitious student.

Customer interaction Students engage in event management within the hair and beauty sector and discover the integral part that effective communication, interpersonal and social skills play in planning, facilitating and evaluating an event to an external audience. They learn to appreciate the importance of communication skills, the importance of personal presentation and establishing good relationships with internal and external professionals and the valuable transferability of these skills. How? Students may develop a marketing strategy and creative execution, using and adapting a range of media applications and then presenting the plan and campaign concepts to an audience. Why? Building a strong, loyal customer base is the lifeblood of this sector and learning how interpersonal skills and presentation play such a decisive role in achieving this is crucial to understanding the dynamics of the hair and beauty sector.

The science of hair and beauty Students investigate the nature of cosmetic science and its application within the sector, looking at how important it is to compare and evaluate a range of cosmetic products. They look into the chemical structures, properties and composition of ingredients. How? Students may use designated formulae to create a range of hair and beauty cosmetic products under supervision and within a safe environment. Why? Understanding how successful products are a key part of the sector’s success and therefore how science-related knowledge is a fundamental element of the learning.

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g n i n r a e l c i Gener As part of the generic learning, which is the same across all Advanced Diplomas, students will develop a number of transferable skills that are essential to their self-development. These include functional skills in maths, English and ICT as well as personal, learning and thinking skills. Students will also get the opportunity to do work experience as part of their generic learning. Functional skills (Maths, English and ICT) Functional skills give students the practical ability to use maths, English and ICT in everyday life, work and study. Advanced Diploma students have to develop and apply these skills in all the work they do.

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Functional skills are separately-assessed, stand-alone qualifications that all students have to complete at level 2 to achieve their Advanced Diploma. However, students who have already completed these qualifications before starting their Diploma do not need to repeat them. Functional skills are also incorporated into the principal learning. Advanced Diploma students in Hair and Beauty Studies will, for example, need to: • apply investigative and numerical reasoning skills when analysing business feasibility issues • employ engaging and appropriate uses of language when developing their communication and presentation skills. Developing a good standard of numeracy, literacy and IT skills is essential to all students – even if they do not choose a hair and beauty-related career.


Personal, learning and thinking skills

Work experience

Throughout their Diploma, students will develop six personal, learning and thinking skills:

The Advanced Diploma gives students the opportunity to do at least 10 days’ work experience. They could, for example:

• team working • creative thinking • independent enquiry • self-management • effective participation • reflective learning. These skills are not separately assessed, but are integrated into the assessment criteria for the principal learning and the extended project. They are vital skills in both life and work, and are embedded in the secondary curriculum.

• work on a placement at a local salon, shadowing the manager to find out about the business practice • shadow a complementary therapy practitioner like an aromatherapist, learning about both the principles and application of the therapy • work under the guidance of a TV make-up artist, helping to prepare presenters or reporters before going on air. Work experience is a great way for students to apply the knowledge and skills learnt on the course, and to further develop their personal, learning and thinking skills. It is one of the best ways to get insider experience, and may also help students develop project ideas for their course. Work experience does not, however, have to be within the hair and beauty sector as some of the skills taught on the course are used in many different businesses. In fact, students who take on work experience in other industries will become more aware of other career paths and develop a broader understanding of how their skills can be applied elsewhere. 07

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t c e j o r p d e The extend As part of the Advanced Diploma, students will complete an extended project to demonstrate their ability to work independently. They are required to plan, prepare, develop and realise a project, and present the final outcome. Students could either explore a subject in real depth or broaden the topic by drawing connections between different areas or subjects. Either way, they have to choose a subject that complements and develops the themes and topics related to their Diploma. What types of projects can they do? The end result could be a written piece of work, either a report (with findings from an investigation or study) or a dissertation presenting an argument – for example: • a study comparing the different branding styles of a salon and a barber’s shop • a dissertation analysing the attraction of spas in city areas with high office density.

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Or it could be a practical piece of work: either a design, an artefact or a performance – for example: • the design for a mobile work surface for a nail technician • an online gallery showing different celebrity hairstyles through the last five decades • a catwalk presentation of African-Caribbean hair styles. How does the project compare? The extended project is a qualification in itself – equivalent to half an A level in size and A2 in level. It is also available outside the Diploma to A level and other students. The project is worth a maximum of 60 UCAS points and has been welcomed by universities as a great preparation for students who want to go on to higher education.


g n i n r a e l t is l a i c e p s d n a Additional The additional and specialist learning lets students choose between a wide variety of optional courses. This helps them develop their individual interests, abilities and career aspirations. This could be: • a specialist subject to develop their particular interests in the hair and beauty sector, like creative hair design, health and well-being or business management • a subject that would complement their studies or even help them get onto a specific university or college course, like an AS or A level in biology, art or PE – an A level in art could, for example, be useful to students who want to study interior retail design at art college • a subject that reflects a student’s other interests and career ambitions, like a language, a science or a craft.

There is a wide range of qualifications available, including A levels and BTECs. For a full list, see the National Database of Accredited Qualifications at www.accreditedqualifications.org.uk How many can they choose? Students can choose more than one subject, depending on the size of the qualifications they select. They would, for example, only be able to take one A level or one large specialist qualification. But if they choose to take a smaller qualification, like an AS level, they could take two or more. What about extra qualifications? Students are also able to complete extra qualifications outside the Diploma. They could, for example, take another A level if they want to pursue a particular interest in addition to their Diploma. 09

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? d a e l t i l l i Where w The Advanced Diploma is designed to develop a wide range of skills needed for work, further training or university. It can be a first step towards a career in the hair and beauty sector – or in a range of related sectors such as retailing, fitness, nutrition, medical, and complementary and alternative therapies. Going on to further education The Advanced Diploma is a great foundation for students choosing to continue to further and higher education. Students could take up an Apprenticeship or do a foundation degree in, for example, spa management or hairdressing and salon management. The Diploma could also lead to a wide range of undergraduate degrees in, say, art and design, interiors, fashion design, biology, chemistry, dermatology or business management – either full time or part time combined with a job.

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Going into employment There are opportunities for students going straight into employment. The Advanced Diploma could be the first step towards a career as a manufacturer’s technician, make-up artist in TV or the theatre, complementary or alternative therapist, wig designer, business manager or entrepreneur. Preparing students for the future Completing an Advanced Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies doesn’t mean that students have to choose a degree or a career in the sector. Students may go on into an unrelated – or less related – area, like media studies, advertising, finance or hospitality. Whichever path the student chooses, the Diploma provides them with skills that are relevant to the modern day workplace and degree-level study.


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? n o i t a m r o f in e r o m t n a W HoW to FinD out morE

HoW to DoWnLoAD tHiS LEAFLEt

For more information about the Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies, go to: www.direct.gov.uk/diplomas www.diplomainhairandbeautystudies.co.uk

To download this leaflet, go to:

For more information about: • the new 14-19 curriculum, go to www.dcsf.gov.uk/14-19 • the structure of Diplomas and resources to support their delivery by schools and colleges, including illustrations of how students might progress from an Advanced Diploma course, go to www.qca.org.uk/diploma • individual university and college statements about the Diploma, go to www.ucas.ac.uk/students/ beforeyouapply/diplomas/14-19diplomas • awarding body specifications: • VTCT – www.vtct.org.uk • AQA/City and Guilds – www.diplomainfo.org.uk

• www.direct.gov.uk/diplomas • www.teachernet.gov.uk/publications and use the search reference DCSF-00383-2009 HoW to orDEr morE CoPiES oF tHiS LEAFLEt To order more copies of this leaflet: • go to www.teachernet.gov.uk/publications • call 0845 602 260 • textphone 0845 605 560 Make sure you quote the reference 00383-2009LEF-EN. Extracts from this document may be reproduced for non-commercial research, education or training purposes on the condition that the source is acknowledged. For any other use, please contact hmsolicensing@opsi.x.gsi.gov.uk

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