Hair & Beauty


As stylists we’re ground shakers and and day makers. Setting trends, while fostering that inner connection between a person’s inner and outer self.

– Rebecca Gregory

If you love to make others feel good and have an interest in the high fashion, ever changing, creative world of hair and beauty, this could be the course for you!

You will learn how the beauty industry has developed from Ancient times through to modern day, and you will produce your own hair, makeup and nail images based on an historical era.

You will explore the importance of science within the hair and beauty sector, the use of ingredients and how these have developed from ancient times to modern day. You will establish a sound understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the skin, hair and nails. You will explore the importance of design the hair & beauty sector and construct your original designs, based on a theme.

The course is run over two years, at the end of both year 10 & year 11 you will take exams that lead to your final qualification grade.

City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Award in Hair & Beauty Studies is a Key Stage 4 qualification, which comprises of practical and theory components, passing this course leads to a GCSE qualification and can contribute towards UCAS points.

Key Stage 4

Your course comprises of both practical and theory work. Practical sessions are held in our working salon, where you will learn and develop techniques from historical eras for hair, makeup and nails. You will expand your practical skills and creativity during the course, which will culminate in developing a look based on another era. You will work on mannequins and your classmates, and you will be required to be a model for others in your class. In your theory sessions you will learn about the history of hair and beauty from ancient times to the 1990’s, looking at how products, tools and techniques have evolved over time.

Science is a major part of this course, where you will discover the anatomy and physiology of hair, skin and nails; you will research the ingredients used in hair & beauty products, and the effect these have on the body; the pH of hair and skin, and products; skin, hair & nail conditions; bacteria, pathogens, antibodies and how the body deals with these.

You will also study the importance of design within the hair and beauty sector, and how this relates to business; testing, marketing and promotion of products and services and how these have developed over time.

In Year 10 and 11 you will be required to pass a synoptic exam, which is a themed practical exam where you will research and plan for an assignment, based on an historical era. The synoptic exam consists of six hours planning, three hours practical work to create your images and six hours developing your images for business use. You will be teacher led with this during school and will be required to further develop your work at home.

You will take a 2 hour theory exam in Year 11, which encompases all of the history, science and design elements you will have covered in your theory sessions.


You will have internal assessments to check progress throughout Year 10 and Year 11.

You will undertake a Synoptic Assessment (practical & theory) at the end of Year 10 and Year 11, which is externally moderated by the exam awarding body.

You will sit mock theory exams in Year 10 and Year 11 and you will sit a theory exam in March of Year 11, which is externally marked by the Awarding Body.

A practical exam in sat in year 10, then practical and theory exams in year 11. You are required to pass both the practical and theory elements to gain this qualification. There will be a mock theory exam in year 10 and year 11.

This qualification is a GCSE, which can count towards certain A levels, or an apprenticeship or hair / barbering / beauty / nail / make up courses. The grading for this qualification is Pass / Merit /Distinction / Distinction*.

Examination Boards

City & Guilds

Resources to Support Learning

Available on Google Classroom

Careers Links

Success with this course will give you a GCSE in Hair & Beauty, which could help you progress to a variety of A Level subjects.

You will study aspects of the following subjects within your hair and beauty course, giving you a wide knowledge base – biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, history, design and business studies.

In the hair and beauty industry you could choose from a variety of courses to further your knowledge. For example, you could undertake an apprenticeship or further education course in hairdressing, barbering, beauty therapy, spa therapies, sports massage, nail technologies, make up artistry, media make up, retail etc.Some of these courses have UCAS points attached, so this could be an alternative route to higher education depending on the subject you would like to study.

Subject Staff

Mrs A .Bee