University College Birmingham Hair and Beauty

By | 21st April 2017

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University College Birmingham Hair and Beauty

The combined Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy course is a great way to get an insight into these two linked career paths. You will be trained in a practical working environment in our superb training/commercial salons.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You know you want to work in the hairdressing/beauty therapy industries but you want to keep your options open
  • You want to learn practical, valuable skills that will allow you to hit the ground running in a new job
  • You are creative and enjoy following the latest fashions and trends
  • You have a high level of commitment and are prepared to work hard to achieve your goals
  • You have excellent communication skills

Why Maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.

Maths:

  • Ratio is very important mixing hair dye etc.
  • Basic addition and subtraction are important in calculating the costs of equipment and products and managing the stock
  • Percentages are key in working out customer discounts
  • Area and perimeter are important when designing and arranging a salon space

English:

  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of hair and beauty products and services
  • Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues
  • Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions in hair/beauty products and treatments
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business

The Spa facilities

Our state-of-the-art salons feature the latest equipment and are open to the general public.There are three modern hairdressing salons, offering cut and blow drys, colour correction and much more, as well as three beauty suites, all professionally run by our highly trained staff and students. All treatments are carried out by our students – providing you with the necessary skills in order to gain future employment.

Entry requirements

Please note the entry requirements below reflect the new GCSE grading structure for 2017 entry.

Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above.

School applicants will need to have a good school report and references.

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths, you will be required to take an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support.

Uniform

Students are required to buy a uniform and a basic set of equipment.  To help keep costs to a minimum, these items are available to buy through UCB. If you have any concerns about the cost of the uniform, please discuss this at your interview as we may be able to help.

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