Beauty Therapy

Curriculum Intent

The world of hair and beauty is an ever-changing industry with new and innovative treatments being developed all of the time. Our curriculum intent is to enrich your knowledge and understanding of this fast-paced world we call hair and beauty. Hairdressing and beauty therapy has been and remains an extremely popular vocational area that many young people are enthused by and aspire too. The aim of our curriculum is to use the hair and beauty sector as a vehicle to develop learners more broadly, so they are prepared and equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career in any context. Not only do we enrich your knowledge on the treatments, products and tools used in the sector we also explore the skills and attributes required to become a successful professional. There are many career paths that can be followed in hair and beauty and our curriculum provides the underpinning knowledge required to discover where this world of hair and beauty can take you!

Key Stage 4

This VTCT Level 2 has been developed for learners with an interest in hairdressing and/or beauty therapy. It aims to support young people to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the hair and beauty sector
  • Develop significant knowledge which spans the entire vocational sector and related industries.
  • Develop academic and study skills that will support progression within the hair and beauty sector and more broadly, across the range of sectors.

Learners will have the opportunity to study business enterprise, marketing and promotions in hair and beauty, to look at the science of hair and beauty and to respond to a hair and beauty design brief.

Examined Elements

UCO90 Business and entrepreneurship in the hair and beauty sector: this unit will develop learners’ understanding of the business principles, types of businesses, marketing and entrepreneurship and different business opportunities within the hair and beauty sector
UCO91 Anatomy, physiology and cosmetic science: this unit will enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding of cosmetic chemistry, the role of the integumentary system and the development of hair and beauty products.

Controlled Assessment

Design in the hair and beauty sector: this enables learners to develop the purpose, principles and development of design briefs for the hair and beauty sector, including how to communicate and present design brief ideas, concepts to a range of audiences and develop analytical, reflective and evaluative skills

Practical Assessment

There is no practical element within this qualification however we try to add some practical to re-enforce learning and gain a better understanding of a subject area.

Key Stage 5

In the first year, you will learn a variety of subjects including facials, manicure, pedicure, make up, eyelash and eyebrow treatments, waxing and reception work. You will also learn the importance of health & safety, working as a team and retailing.
In year two you will study electrical treatments to the face and body, Swedish body massage, mechanical massage, body electricals, facial electricals, figure diagnosis and electrical science as well as health and safety, client communication.


There are four types of assessment: demonstration of practical competence on members of the public through end of units and graded synoptic assessment. There are 2 mandatory exams throughout the year alongside short assignments and oral questioning. A portfolio of work is built up during the course.

Progression Pathways

Progression Pathways – Beauty

Curriculum Overview

Beauty Curriculum Overview