Beauty - Higher (SCQF level 6)
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Structure of the Course
- Mandatory Units
- Summary of Course content
- Summary of content of each Unit
- Assessment approaches
- Learning and teaching materials
- Experience of the workplace
- Resource requirements
- Arrangements document
This Course is at Higher level and consists of four 40 hour mandatory Units.
|Facial Techniques||1 Unit credit|
|Facial Treatment Packages||1 Unit credit|
|Nail Finishes||1 Unit credit|
|Creative Current Make-up Trends||1 Unit credit|
The Course provides a broad, experiential introduction to beauty. The focus is on experiencing the salon environment and on the development of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding. Practical experience of communication and customer care skills is included. Specific skills in cleansing, toning, moisturising, basic face massage, masque application and removal, skin warming, exfoliation, nail shaping, cuticle care, hand massage, nail painting and basic make-up application techniques are developed. Current make-up trends are identified from a variety of sources, with candidates having the opportunity to experiment to produce a ‘look’ which reflects these trends. Emphasis throughout all Units is on the employability skills and attitudes which will help to prepare candidates for the workplace. These are detailed in the employability skills profile in this Course Specification.
- Beauty: Facial Techniques
Candidates will learn about the structure and function of the skin, facial bones and muscles, skin types and common skin conditions. They will also learn how to analyse the skin before selecting appropriate products to reflect the client’s skin type and condition; and will develop the practical skills of cleansing, toning and moisturising the skin and basic face massage. Massage techniques and demonstrating dexterity when applying these are areas which will be included. Candidates will evaluate their own performance in identified employability skills and attitudes and set goals for improvement in order to enhance their employability profile.
- Beauty: Facial Treatment Packages
Candidates will learn about the structure and function of the skin, skin types and common skin conditions. They will also learn how to analyse the skin before selecting an appropriate treatment package and products which meets the clients needs; as well as develop the practical skills of cleansing, toning, skin warming, exfoliation, masque application and removal and moisturising. Candidates will also have the opportunity to review their own performance and identify areas for improvement in specified employability skills.
- Beauty: Nail Finishes
Candidates will learn about the nail structure and bones of the hand and arm. They will develop practical skills of shaping nails, improving the appearance of cuticles, nail painting and basic hand massage. Candidates will also have the opportunity to review their employability skills profile.
- Beauty: Creative Current Make-Up Trends
This Unit focuses on an awareness of the ever changing face of make-up fashion trends and the expression of creativity. Candidates will explore and identify current make-up trends from a variety of sources. They will interpret these, then plan and prepare to create a current make-up 'look'. Candidates will develop practical skills in make-up application, then create and present a ‘look’ which reflects a current make-up trend identified on a client. Candidates will evaluate their own performance in relation to specified employability skills and evaluate their progress in achieving goals.
To achieve the Course award the candidate must successfully achieve all the Units which make up the Course.
- Knowledge and skills in relation to working in a beauty environment
- Practical vocational skills
- Communication and customer care skills
- Knowledge of current relevant health and safety legislation
- Skills for employment in the beauty industry
- Generic employability skills
Assessment in this Course will be based mainly on a range of practical activities carried out in a salon environment. Performance evidence will be supported by teacher/lecturer observation checklists and client record cards. Candidates will also complete structured questions, reviews of their employability skills and gather specified evidence.
The main approaches to learning in the Course should be experiential, practical and candidate centred. Candidates should have the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills in a real or simulated salon environment where they will experience workplace conditions, deal with customers, learn the importance of teamwork and develop good working practices.
Centres are encouraged to establish links with industry representatives, who may be willing to offer support in the form of visits from a member of staff to give candidates a realistic view of conditions in the beauty industry. It may be possible for centres to arrange visits to beauty salons as part of the candidates' learning experience, to help candidates build knowledge and understanding.
Centres will require beauty salon facilities for each of the Units in the Course. This will include plinths, trolleys, beauty stools, basins. The salon facility will need to be equipped with sufficient beauty equipment, tools, products and consumables which should include magnifying lamps, spatulas, brushes, tweezers, files, a range of cleansers, toners, exfoliators, masques, moisturisers, enamel, make-up, gowns, towels and sterilising equipment to give candidates plenty of opportunity for practise and assessment.
This Course or its Units may provide progression to:
- Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Beauty Therapy
- Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Beauty Therapy
- Higher National Diploma (HND) in Beauty Therapy
- further education
|Edition:||Version 1, February 2009|
|Downloads:||SfW Health and Social Care Higher Course and Unit Specifications (289 KB)|