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 “The person that walks out of a salon isn’t the same as the one who entered. Confidence grows, and positivity reigns. Life shines when your hairs looking fine. For me the working of hair is architecture with a human element”


Vidal Sassoon


Subject Intent:


Teaching an extensive and balanced curriculum that is tailored to the diverse cultural heritage of our school community creates well-rounded, socially aware citizens of our global community. The Hair and Beauty curriculum is fully inclusive, enabling all students to access the knowledge and skills regardless of their starting points.  Our curriculum is designed to promote academic excellence through a structured spiral journey which builds upon prior learning to explore the many issues which affect our lives today and will so in the future. Topics reference previous knowledge to link and make connections throughout this journey. An emphasis on leadership through stewardship and social integrity allows pupils to reflect upon current issues and consider the actions they may take.


We built the curriculum with the intent that pupils will be:

  • required on an ongoing basis to effectively apply and integrate appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills from across the breadth of the vocational area to key tasks that form the assessments of units.

  • this will increase the level of challenge for students and ensure cohesiveness across the qualification.

  • this curriculum has been designed to use the context of hairdressing and beauty therapy as a vehicle to support young people to develop broad and comprehensive understanding of the sector but more importantly of core academic knowledge and study skills that will support progression within hair and beauty therapy or more broadly

  • the use of hair and beauty as a subject is to develop core knowledge and general study skills is an attractive concept to keep learners engaged and enthused. the structure of this curriculum, along with its rigorous assessment approach, will enable learner progression to a broad range of study areas, to an apprenticeship or the workplace.


Subject Implementation:


  • the curriculum builds from year 9 to 11 focusing on the cumulative development of key knowledge based upon broader industry. in this respect we deliver clear and coherent step-by-step sequences that build knowledge across the years and between key stages.

  • the broader concepts are revisited; however, knowledge is built on foundations from previous study.  whilst reinforcement and retention of previously learnt knowledge is addressed relentlessly, building a deeper and more coherent understanding is key to preparation for further study.

  • routine expectations that pupils show resilience in each and every lesson are supported through independent learning resources, with a central focus on a range of engaging material, relevant and contemporary examples and case studies.

  • throughout both key stages pupils build a knowledge and understanding of the businesses that make up the hair and beauty sector and the products, services and treatments offered.

  • Learners will develop an understanding of the size and structure of the hair and beauty sector and its importance to individuals, businesses and the UK economy. Learners will develop knowledge of the trade and professional associations that operate in the hair and beauty sector as well as an appreciation of other related industries. Learners will also understand basic hair and beauty terminology.

  • learners will explore and understand career opportunities available in hair and beauty and related industries, the skills and attributes required to be successful and the training pathways to take in order to pursue a career.

       it is expected that on completion of this content learners will also be suitably prepared to apply their                       knowledge and skills to other sectors and industries.

  • learners with an understanding of the different types of hair and beauty research projects and the factors that must be considered when planning research.

        learners will produce a proposal for research into the hair and beauty sector, and will use this

        to produce a research project                     

  • learners will present their research and findings, as well as opportunities for improvement and recommendations for future projects. It is expected that on completion, learners will be suitably prepared to apply their knowledge and skills of research to a range of other sectors and industries.

  • opportunities are also identified to develop and assess skills in English, mathematics and ICT

       with the support of grade descriptors.

  • rigorous, reliable and accessible assessment tracks understanding and allows bespoke planning to occur as a result. there are regular formal assessments, weekly low stakes quizzing and an end of year exam. on-going assessment occurs through teacher monitoring of classwork and discussions with pupils. outcomes of these are analysed and discussed within the department and interventions and extra support implemented where appropriate. assessment outcomes are compared to targets to monitor progress. specific groups such as Special education needs, disadvantage pupils, ma are closely monitored and intervention, where necessary, is planned in order to reduce gaps.

  • a blended learning approach is used to promote and develop students’ independent learning through the medium of Microsoft team.  Tasks are set in lessons and at home and supported by knowledge organisers, which are linked to schemes of learning. Lesson PowerPoints and resources, including revision booklets, are available to support learning. Teachers will engage with students through feedback on progress which will enable them to improve and extend their learning.


Subject Enrichment:


In the Hair Beauty department, we believe that learning can take place in a wide range of ways, independently or alongside their peers.  This way we value learning that occurs both within the classroom and beyond it. Our pupils have access to frequent, continuous and progressive experiences in the school grounds, educational visits, links with other departments, workplace experiences offered by businesses in the community.  These experiences are used as a tool for teaching, learning and delivering the curriculum. 


Enrichment includes:

  • visits to Bolton college gaining interactions with higher level learners and resources within a variety of hair beauty as well as barbering opportunities in a realistic further education surroundings.

  • opportunities for workplace experience with local businesses which has led to permanent employment in recent years

  • links with departments such as performing arts, so learners can build confidence and showcase their skills to performances which links to yr. 11 responding to a design brief.

  • opportunities for learners to practise skills and timings for services by offering time slots to school members and family within an appropriate workplace setting


Subject Impact:

  • Ensure the curriculum builds a spiral upwards journey for pupils from year 9 to year 11. Pupils revisit key concepts and ideas in different contexts in order to allow progression. Knowledge is sequenced in a way that builds breadth and depth of the industry.

  • Develop social awareness and interaction skills with the consumer, becoming equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to actively engage with conversations and services.

  • Develop pupils with an ability to critically think, building confidence and skills to consider all factors which could influence their final decision when providing a service.

  • Provide pupils with a range of vocabulary and subject terminology to withhold conversations within the industry to gain employment.

  • Through the study of hair and beauty, our pupils increase the range of skill, independence and confidence which is an attribute required within the sector and for lifelong learning.

  • Through undertaking this qualification learners will also develop a range of transferable skills including:

  • critical thinking and being reflective on self-performance and work produced

  • use of initiative, planning and researching skills, self-management, self-motivation and the ability to work independently

  • innovation and creativity

  • application of knowledge and understanding to real life examples and businesses

  • problem solving

  • communication skills - verbal, written and visual.

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Year 9


Pupils will develop their knowledge of:

  • Health and safety and its compliance to maintain professional behaviors at all times.

  • Begin to use and understand basic vocabulary and terminology of tools, equipment and basic technique names used daily.

  • Gain basic scientific knowledge when observing and analysing hair for product selection and its effects.

  • Understanding of the industry (being aware of related businesses and career opportunities)

  • Original ideas of hair and beauty through natural flare of the subject, visits to hair and beauty salons themselves (will be encouraged to seek Saturday jobs for yr10/11)

  • Importance of self-critique and reflection to enhance progress (through experimenting techniques etc.)

  • Importance of independent research to help build confidence and individual progress (YouTube tutorials)

  • Encouragement promoted for constant peer support demonstrating their skills to others (again confidence building, social interaction and progress being shown)

  • Understanding of equipment use and its purpose (selection for finished look will be key)

  • Basic science knowledge relating to hair, skin and product selection.


Pupils will develop their skills in:

  • Salon vocabulary of services, tools, equipment.

  •  How to create techniques using the correct tools.

  • Being aware and demonstrating good health and safety practice at all times.

  •  How to display good professional behaviors and image to suit the industry.

  •  Being able to reflect and self-critique to improve a finished look.

  •  Independent working ethics, both practically and when researching.

  • Confidence to use skills and offer peer support in a variety of services.

  •  How to research and gain knowledge of the industry and follow command verbs within a brief.

  • Numeracy, with an ability to describe and interpret allocated time scales required for a variety of services when taking appointments and calculating the service time offered as well as the measurement of products and timings.

  • Literacy, including an ability to develop explanations to show understanding of the task being carried out as well as through assignment work.


Year 10


Pupils will develop their knowledge of:


  •  The structure and importance of the UK hair and beauty sector.

  • The trade and professional organisations and their roles,

  • The types of business ownership

  • Health, safety, hygiene and legislation

  • Broaden their understanding of products used(ingredients) in, services and treatments provided in the hair and beauty sector across various establishments.

  • Understand the career opportunities/pathways available within the hair and beauty sector

  • Understand the chemistry/science of hair and beauty products/

  • The anatomy of the skin and hair

  • Define formulation for a hair or beauty product of their choice


Pupils will develop their skills in:

  • Critical thinking and being reflective on self-performance and work produced.

  • Use of initiative, planning and researching skills, self-management, self-motivation and the ability to work independently.

  • Innovation and creativity.

  • Application of knowledge and understanding to real life examples and businesses.

  • Problem solving.

  • Communication skills – verbal, written and visual.


Year 11

Pupils will develop their knowledge of:

  • This unit will provide learners with an understanding of the different types of hair and beauty research projects and the factors that must be considered when planning research.

  • Learners will produce a proposal for research into the hair and beauty sector and will use this to carry out a hair and beauty research project.

  • Learners will gain knowledge on how present their research and findings, as well as opportunities for improvement and recommendations for future hair and beauty projects.

  • Learners with develop an understanding of the design briefs that are commonplace in the hair and beauty sector.

  • Learners will develop the knowledge to analyse design briefs, paying particular attention to the needs of clients and the demands of the brief.

  • Learners will be able to respond to a hair and beauty design brief by gathering information using a range of sources, analysing information and developing design ideas


Pupils will develop their skills in:

  • English, mathematics and ICT.

  • Understanding the fashion sector across the ages linking to history.

  • How to source different information from various sources, encouraging deeper levels of language and being able to annotate written information.

  • Gain skills of planning and considering all factors and recommend any changes when planning and designing.

  • Maths by creating a timeline and managing a budget.

  • Pupils will develop how to identify different types of information from various sources, encouraging deeper levels of language and being able to annotate written information.

  • The importance of working towards a timeline and how adaptions may be needed.

  • Pupils will demonstrate skills to evaluate, reference and analyse collected data.

Contact Head of Department:

Mrs Roberts -

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