Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Foundation
7 September 202036 weeksHelen Gibson

Entry Requirements

Minimum of three GCSEs grade 2/E or equivalent including English Language.

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.


Anyone wishing to gain an introduction to the world of Hair and Beauty Therapy, that may wish to take up a junior position in the industry or progress to Level 2 in Beauty or Level 1 in Hair.


Skills and knowledge that are needed to start a career in Beauty. Subjects include: Literacy and Numeracy to support you in the workplace. There are theory and practical based units these include;

  • Reception duties
  • Provide basic manicure
  • Provide basic pedicure
  • Skin care
  • Basic make-up
  • Nail Art
  • Create an image
  • Themed Face painting

The introduction to Hair and Beauty Therapy skills also includes learning about professional presentation, working with others, reception skills, health and safety in the workplace, and presenting a professional image within a salon.

Professional Presentation

All students are required to:

  • Wear a course uniform (Purchased by yourself via the college)
  • Wear full black covered shoes
  • Have hair fully up and off the face for practical sessions
  • Wear no jewellery ( a wedding band can be worn)
  • Not have nail extensions or polish – short filed nails essential to carry out treatments
  • All piercings must be removed


The course is delivered by specialist staff, which possess industry experience along with specialist qualifications. Teaching sessions incorporate a mixture of activities to ensure students develop skills and knowledge.

Students are assessed through a combination of internally assessed coursework, practical skills and externally assessed examinations. This helps students to develop core skills required for the industry which include the ability to meet deadlines and retention of knowledge as well as application of skills.

As an essential part of learning all students will be expected to receive and complete treatments (unless medically exempt) within the practical session from peers.


  • Level 2 Beauty Therapy
  • Level 1 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Hair and Media Make-Up


Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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