Examination Board: City and Guilds   

Specification: Level 2 Technical Award in Hair and Beauty Studies


Description of Course

This course involves students spending a day each week at Cornwall College, Saltash.   The course provides a new approach into the world of hair and beauty: You will take a trip into the past where you will study how hair and beauty played its part in ancient cultures and explore what has influenced hair and beauty in society today.  You will then travel into the present where you will see the science and technology that goes into hair and beauty produce research, design and developments that are driving the sector forward.


How Will You Learn

You will explore the exciting world of hair and beauty and the global environment in which its industries operate.  You will research key features of typical hair and beauty businesses and know how a range of trades and industries link to the sector.  You will study how hair and beauty has developed from ancient times to the present day and understand how technological advancements have changed and shaped the range of products and services on offer today. 

Within the science unit, you will learn how science influences the development of products in the hairdressing and cosmetic industry. 

Within the design unit you will explore how creative design is used in business and have the opportunity to plan and create your own design image using technical hair and beauty skills.


Method of Assessment

Grading: This qualification is graded: Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction*.

To gain this qualification, learners must successfully achieve the following assessments:

  • One externally set assignment
  • One externally set and marked exam (sat under exam conditions)


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

You will gain an insight into the world of hair and beauty to help you choose the appropriate career pathway, including progressing onto a higher level course in the same or a different sector.

Career Routes

You could move onto employment in a variety of roles: As an apprentice, trainee customer services assistant, salon junior assistant, receptionist, a salon assistant, or a junior stylist/therapist. 


Pupil comments

“I really enjoy my day at Saltash. I am interested in hair and beauty and have really enjoyed gaining the new skills that the course has given me.”

“This is the best course and I thoroughly enjoy the work.”



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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
PL14 3EA

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Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350




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