Hair, Beauty, Make-up and Spa

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Hair, Beauty, Make-up and Spa

The Hair, Beauty & Spa Therapy Department at John Ruskin College has professional, industry-equipped Hairdressing salons and Beauty treatment rooms, including a flotation tank and sauna.

All the courses in the Hair, Beauty & Spa Therapy Department offer tailored routes into employment and provide you with the essential training in the commercial on-site salons.

You will be required to carry out work experience while on your course to develop your employability skills. You will also have the chance to be entered into national competitions to test your skills.

The highly skilled teaching team, who are industry professionals, will support you with developing a career-focused route, and develop your technical and professional skills to enable you to become a success in this sector.


Your studies will include:

  • Educational visits
  • Exciting in-house training from top manufacturers in Hair & Beauty including Dermalogica, Clarins, and Airbase
  • The chance to demonstrate your skills and talents in the end of year showcase
  • Guest speakers from local and national salons & spas to answer any questions you may have about employment
  • Links with industry professionals

Please note:

  • You will need to purchase your professional uniform and kit prior to joining the course
  • There will be a cost for trips and possibly other relevant items relating to your course
  • Financial help is available, please contact Client Services on 020 8651 1131 for more details

Beauty Therapy – Level 2

1 Year
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D), including English and Maths; or Level 1 Beauty Diploma and GCSE grade 9-3 (A*- D) in English and Maths
Assessment: A portfolio of practical work, exams and assignments

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
You will gain a recognised qualification to practice Beauty Therapy. The course will involve both practical and theory classes. During the practical lessons, you will work in a realistic salon environment and will be expected to carry out beauty therapy treatments on clients, once you have reached a certain level of ability.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Health & safety practice in the salon
  • Facials
  • Eye treatments
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Waxing
  • Make-up application

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Body & Spa Therapy Level 3 Diploma
  • Employment as a junior therapist, a beauty consultant or self-employment

Body & Spa Therapy – Level 3 Diploma

1 Year
Entry Requirements:
Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma and GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths
Assessment: A portfolio of practical work, exams and assignments

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course is ideal for those of you who wish to develop the advanced skills needed in Beauty and Spa Therapy. It is a specialist vocational qualification. The course will involve both practical and theory classes. During the practical lessons, you will work in a realistic salon environment and will be expected to carry out beauty and spa therapy treatments on clients, once you have reached a certain level of ability.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Health and safety practice in the salon
  • Providing body massage treatments and self-tanning treatments
  • Monitoring the operation of the Spa
  • Providing body wrapping and flotation treatments
  • Providing facial electrical treatments and body electrical treatments.

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Foundation Degree or HND
  • Employment as a Beauty and Spa Therapist working within a Salon, Spa, Health Club or Cruise ship

Women’s Hairdressing – Level 2 Diploma

1 Year
Entry Requirements:
5 GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D), including English and Maths; or Level 1 Hairdressing Diploma and GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) in English and Maths
Assessment:
A portfolio of practical work, exams and assignments

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
During this course, you will be able to develop your practical techniques in a broad range of women’s hairdressing skills to become a junior stylist. The course will involve both practical and theory classes. During the practical lessons, you will work in a realistic salon environment and will be expected to carry out hairdressing services on clients, once you have reached a certain level of ability.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Health & safety practice in the salon
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Shampoo & condition hair
  • Colour & lighten hair
  • Cutting women’s hair

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Hairdressing Level 3 and specialise in colouring or the role of the stylist
  • Apprenticeship in Hairdressing or Barbering
  • Employment as a junior stylist working within a Salon or Health Club

Women’s Hairdressing – Level 3 Diploma

1 Year
Entry Requirements:
Hairdressing Level 2 Diploma and GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths
Assessment:
A portfolio of practical work, exams and assignments

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course is ideal for those of you who wish to develop the advanced skills needed in hairdressing including advanced colouring techniques and cutting edge fashion work. The course will involve both practical and theory classes. During the practical lessons, you will work in a salon environment and will be expected to carry out hairdressing services on clients, once you have reached a certain level of ability. You will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of shows and competitions throughout the course.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Colour correction
  • Creative colouring, using a variety of techniques
  • Creative cutting
  • Creative perming

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Foundation Degree or HND
  • Higher Apprenticeship
  • Employment as a Hairdressing Stylist. Stylists can decide to specialise in colouring or the role of a stylist

Hair & Media Make-up – Level 2 Diploma

1 Year
Entry Requirements:
5 GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) including English and Maths; or Level 1 Hairdressing or Beauty Diploma and GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) in English and Maths
Assessment:
A portfolio of practical work, exams and assignments

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course is ideal for those of you who wish to develop the core skills needed in both Hair & Media Make-Up. The course will involve both practical and theory classes.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Client care and communication
  • Applying skin tanning techniques
  • Body art design
  • Applying make-up & photographic make-up
  • The art of colouring and dressing hair
  • Making and styling a hair addition.

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Hair & Media Make-Up Level 3 Diploma
  • Apprenticeship in the industry
  • Employment as an assistant in TV and Film Production
  • Working in a Health Club as a Make-Up Artist

Hair & Media Make-up – Level 3 Diploma

1 Year
Entry Requirements:
Hairdressing, Hair & Media Make-Up Diploma and GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths
Assessment:
A portfolio of practical work, photographic evidence, exams and assignments.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course is ideal for those who wish to develop advanced skills needed in Hair & Media Make-Up. The course will involve both practical and theory classes. During the practical classes you will work in a salon environment and will be expected to carry out hair and make-up services on clients once you have reached a certain level of ability.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Camouflage make-up
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Applying air brush make-up to the face
  • Design and apply face and body art
  • Creative hair design skills
  • Applying hair extensions

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Salon Management Level 4 Diploma
  • Apprenticeship in the industry
  • Employment as a Hair and Make-Up Artist in TV and Film production
  • Working on a counter as a Make-Up Artist

Fashion & Media Make-up – Level 3 Diploma

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1 Year
Entry Requirements:
Hair & Media Make-Up Level 2 Diploma, Art Level 3 or Art A-Level and GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths
Assessment:
A portfolio of practical work, photographic evidence, exams and assignments

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This qualification builds on existing knowledge and understanding of makeup artistry gained at Level 2, enabling students to expand the scope of their technical skills to prepare for employment as a make-up artist.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Airbrush make-up for the face
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Media make-up
  • Fantasy hair design
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Design and apply face and body art
  • Provide eyelash and brow treatments

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Salon Management Level 4 Diploma
  • Employment as a Make-Up Artist

Theatrical, Special Effects & Media Make-up – Level 3 Diploma

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1 Year
Entry Requirements:
Hair & Media Make-Up Level 2 Diploma, Art Level 3 or Art A-Level and GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths
Assessment:
A portfolio of practical work, photographic evidence, exams and assignments

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
You will produce avant-garde and commercial looks, including hair styling and costumes to complement your makeup design. Develop your skills to create looks that could be used in film, television, fashion and media.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Media make-up (special effects)
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Style and fit postiche (wigs, facial hair and hairpieces)
  • Design and apply face and body art
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • HND in Theatrical, Media & Special Effects Make-Up
  • Employment as a Make-Up Artist

ALL COURSES CAN BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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