What we Offer


Courses to meet all of your Hairdressing and Barbering Needs

Prior to enrolment, all candidates will be subjected to an Initial Assessment. This applies to all training programmes. After an explanation of our training programmes, funding availability and an interview, we carry out some brief but essential tests. We will ask you to complete two questionnaires and two assessments; one in Literacy and one in Numeracy. By identifying areas which may need support and the way you learn best, we are able to create a learning experience which meets your every need.
Our academy uses the Skills for Life Initial Assessment. There are two parts to this assessment; Literacy and Numeracy. Both must be completed so we can identify your strengths, and areas where support may be needed. By doing this prior to enrolment, we have time to create an Individual Training Support plan, ready for when you start training. The assessment is usually done on the computer. However, if you are not computer literate, the option to take the assessment paper based is available.
These are multiple choice questionnaires. After working out which outcome you scored highest for, we can see how you like to learn and work best. There are no right or wrong answers to these questionnaires, just different styles!

“How Do You Like to Learn?”
This will identify which kind of learner you are; a Practitioner, an Explorer or a Reviewer. We can then deliver your training in the method that will suit your learning style.
“How Do You Like to Work?”
This will identify which type of salon you may or may not be best suited to. Possible outcomes are Teamwork, Perseverance, Initiative and Enthusiasm. According to your preferred working method, we can direct you to salons that you will feel most comfortable working in.

You will be informed of each stage of enrolment along the way. If you are successful in gaining a place at our academy, you will be informed of your acceptance in writing, and you will be invited to attend induction.

Induction takes place over one day, before your training begins. You will meet your assessor, the rest of your group, and you will be taken through your Candidate Handbook.
Health & Safety will be covered, and we will put together your Individual Learning Plan. You will also sit a Diagnostic Assessment. This is taken at the level you achieved for your Initial Assessment. Rather than give you a grade, the curriculum is broken down into skill areas. Your results will indicate whether you are Emerging, Consolidating or Established in each of these skill areas. Emerging means you will need support, Consolidating means you have some skills but may need encouragement, and Established means you have no support needs. This helps us to further analyse your learning strengths and your learning needs, enabling us to tailor your programme exclusively for you as an individual.

Personal and Social Development is a great way for people new to the world of work to broaden their skills and improve their confidence. This is recommended for learners aged 16-18 who feel they need advice and guidance before entering employment.

We will cover
Developing Self

Individual Rights and Responsibilities

Preparation for Work

Working towards Goals

We will support you with CV building, interview techniques, personal presentation, and how to communicate effectively in a variety of ways.

You will learn about what questions you should ask an employer, what questions you should prepare to answer, and what clothing is appropriate for different situations.

You will also learn how to put together an impressive CV and personal statement.

We will help you feel more confident when communicating with new people by email, telephone, and in person.

In addition to this, you will also complete the Employment Rights and Responsibilities project, which will prepare you for working life.

Part of the Foundation Learning Programme

This is a fantastic introduction to the world of hairdressing, and provides a great insight into what goes on in commercial hairdressing salons. This qualification will prepare you for salon life, provide you with basic hairdressing skills and will offer you eligibility for fast-tracking through some elements of NVQ Level 2, if you decide to progress to this qualification. The qualification is made up of 11 Mandatory Units and 2 optional units

The units we deliver at our Academy are as follows:
UV10343 – Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
UV10344 – Presenting a professional image in a salon
UV10345 – The art of dressing hair
UV10477 – Following health and safety in the salon
UV10478 – Working with others in the hair and beauty sector
UV10479 – Create a hair and beauty image
UV10480 – Colour hair using temporary colour
UV10481 – Salon reception duties
UV10482 – Create and maintain retail displays in the salon
UV30336 – Shampoo and Conditioning
UV30338 – Styling women’s hair

The optional units we offer are:
UV20513 – Provide scalp massage services
UV30341 – Hair plaiting

When does training start?
We accept applications throughout the year, however the largest intake for this programme occurs in July of each year.

This qualification is nationally recognised and covers all aspects of ladies hairdressing. Completion of this will allow you to work in a salon, building your own column!
Each area of hairdressing is defined as a unit and these units are broken down into different tasks called elements. In total, there are nine units that need to be achieved for an NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing qualification. All units will need to be passed in both theory and practical, and individual target dates are put in place for this.

These units are: Mandatory Units (all must be completed)
 G20 Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
 G17 Give clients a positive impression of yourself and your salon
 G7 Advise and consult with clients
 GH12 Cut hair using basic techniques
 GH8 Shampoo and condition hair and scalp
 GH10 Style, dress and finish hair using basic techniques
 GH11 Set and dress Hair
 GH9 Change hair colour using basic techniques
Optional Units (one must be completed)
 G18 Promote additional products or services to clients
 GH14 Perm and neutralise hair using basic techniques
When does training start?
We accept applications throughout the year, however the largest intake for this training programme commences in September of each year. This ensures that applicants still in full time education have a time period after leaving school in which to find salon employment. It also allows us time to revise our schedules to ensure that your training programme is of the highest possible quality. However, we are able to offer a roll-on, roll-off programme, to meet popular demand.

This qualification provides a high standard of technical skills and expertise in a broad range of varied work activities, performed in a wide variety of contexts where there is
considerable responsibility. Control and guidance of others is often required. The full NVQ award in hairdressing at Level 3 is made up of the following units:

Mandatory Units (all must be completed)
 G22 Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
 G18 Promote additional products or services to clients
 G21 Provide hairdressing consultation services
 GH16 Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
Optional Units (five must be completed)
GH17 Colour hair using a variety of techniques
 GH18 Provide colour correction services
 GH19 Creatively style and dress hair
 GH20 Creatively dress long hair
 GH21 Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills

Level 3 is designed for salon staff who wish to improve their skills, salon staff who feel they already have the skills but would like recognition in the form of a national qualification, or both. Training is carried out on a day release basis, with additional fortnightly evening workshops to ensure practical tasks can be completed with appropriate clients.

Assignment
The primary source of assessment is by observed performance but this is supplemented by other forms of written evidence collected in a portfolio. Assessments can be carried out at our training school, or in the salon. As the programme is designed to be learner led, the training and assessment plan is agreed with the student at the start of training.
When does training start?
We accept applications throughout the year, and are able to operate this programme on a roll-on, roll-off basis. The largest intake for Level 3 takes place in September of each year. As basic skills and underpinning knowledge will have been covered through Level 2, our Level 3 programme usually takes just 12 months.

This qualification is nationally recognised and covers all aspects of gents hairdressing. Completion of this will allow you to work in a salon or barbershop, building your own column!

Each area of Barbering is defined as a unit and these units are broken down into different tasks called elements. In total, there are 28 sessions that need to be attended to achieve the 37 credits within the NVQ Level 2 Barbering qualification. All units will need to be passed in both theory and practical, and individual target dates are put in place for this.These units are:

 G20 Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
 G17 Give clients a positive impression of yourself and your salon
 G7 Advise and consult with clients
 GH8 Shampoo and condition hair and scalp
 GB3 Cut hair using barbering techniques
 GB4 Cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques
 GB5 Dry and finish mens hair
 AH21 Create basic patterns in hair

When does training start?
We accept applications throughout the year, however the largest intakes for this training programme commence in May and September of each year.This ensures that applicants still in full time education have a time period after leaving school in which to find salon employment. It also allows candidates to complete their NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing and roll onto their qualification in Barbering, if they so wish.

This qualification is nationally recognised and covers advanced skills within gentlemen’s hairdressing. Each area of Barbering is defined as a unit and these units are broken down into different tasks called elements. In total, there are 34 credits within the NVQ Level 3 Barbering qualification that will be achieved.

All units will need to be passed in both theory and practical, and individual target dates are put in place for this. These units are:

Mandatory Units
 G22 Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
 G21 Provide hairdressing consultation services
 GB8 Creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques
 GB7 Design and create a range of facial hair shapes
G18 Promote additional services or products to customers
Optional Units
 GB6 Provide shaving services
 GB9 Provide face massage services
 AH35 Design and create patterns in hair
 GH25 Provide hair and scalp treatments
 GH24 Provide specialist consultation services for hair and scalp conditions
When does training start?
We accept applications throughout the year, however the largest intake for this training programme commences in September of each year.
Candidates will have the option of progressing to NVQ Level 3 in hairdressing, if they have not already completed this, once NVQ Level 3 in Barbering is achieved.

Joining a new workforce can be intimidating; you may be unsure of how things work, and what your entitlements are. Employment Rights and Responsibilities are embedded into our programmes, in project format. Learners are provided with full delivery of underpinning knowledge, and are supplied with handbooks and guidance notes to help gain and retain knowledge.

We will cover:
Understanding the range of employer and employee statutory rights and responsibilities under Employment Law and that rights can be affected by other legislation. Also understanding rights and responsibilities under the Disability
Discrimination Act, other relevant equalities legislation and Health & Safety, together with responsibilities and duties of employers.
Understanding the procedures in their organization which recognize and protect the relationship with the employer.
Understanding the range of information sources and advice available on employment rights and responsibilities.
Understanding the role played by their occupation within the organization and industry.
Having an informed view of the types of career pathways that are available.
Knows the types of representative bodies and understands their relevance to their industry and organization, and their main roles and responsibilities.
Knows where and how to get information and advice on their industry, occupation, training and career.
Can describe and work within their organizations principles and codes of practice.
Recognizes and can form a view on issues of public concern
An internal certificate will be issued upon completion of this project.

Functional skills in Maths are those core elements of Numeracy skills that provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work. Individuals of whatever age who possess these skills will be able to participate and progress in education, training and employment as well as develop and secure the broader range of aptitudes, attitudes and behaviours that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.

Each individual will have sufficient understanding of a range of mathematical concepts and will know how and when to use them. You will have the confidence and capability to use Maths to solve problems embedded in increasingly complex settings and to use a range of tools including ICT as appropriate. You will develop the skills to draw conclusions, and identify errors and inconsistencies. You will also be able to validate and interpret results and use them effectively and efficiently.

You may not be required to do Functional Skills in Maths if you achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above. To gain relaxation, you will need to produce your original GCSE certificate. Your certificate needs to be dated within 5 years of when you achieved it. If you are not eligible for relaxation, we will take you through this element at a comfortable pace, and will offer support and guidance in both group and individual formats. We deliver knowledge in a pure and realistic manner, and work within groups to support everyone through Functional Skills. You will be assessed by an External Exam. Passing the exam will mean that your Functional Skill in Maths is complete. If you do not pass on the first attempt, we will support and help with your revision before you re-sit. You will have the decision of whether you sit the exam paper based, or online.

As a general rule, these are the levels you will take Maths at, according to your framework:

Foundation Learning – Level 1
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship – Level 1
Advanced Level Apprenticeship – Level 2

If you are doing the Assessors Award, Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, or a privately funded course, you will not be required to do Functional Skills, as these awards are stand-alone qualifications.

Functional skills in English are those core elements of Literacy skills that provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work. Individuals of whatever age who possess these skills will be able to participate and progress in education, training and employment as well as develop and secure the broader range of aptitudes, attitudes and behaviours that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.

You will be confident and capable when using the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and will able to communicate effectively, adapting to a range of audiences and contexts. This will include being able to explain information clearly and succinctly in speech and writing, expressing a point of view reasonably and persuasively and using ICT to communicate effectively. You will be able to read and understand instructions, analyse how ideas and information are presented, make oral presentations, contribute to discussions and use speech collaboratively in teams.

You may not be required to do Functional Skills in English if you achieved GCSE English Language at grade C or above. To gain relaxation, you will need to produce your original GCSE certificate. Your certificate needs to be dated within 5 years of when you achieved it. If you are not eligible for relaxation, we will take you through this element at a comfortable pace, and will offer support and guidance in both group and individual formats. We deliver knowledge in a pure and realistic manner, and work within groups to support everyone through Functional Skills. You will be assessed by External Exams. Passing the exams will mean that your Functional Skill in English are complete. If you do not pass on the first attempt, we will support and help with your revision before you re-sit. You will have the decision of whether you sit the exam paper based, or online.

As a general rule, these are the levels you will take English at, according to your framework:

Foundation Learning – Level 1
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship – Level 1
Advanced Level Apprenticeship – Level 2

If you are doing the Assessors Award, Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, or a privately funded course, you will not be required to do Functional Skills, as these awards are stand-alone qualifications.

Men’s hair is becoming as artistic as ladies hair, and men are spending a lot more time and money on their hair and products. It is important that professionals are catering to the demands of the public, and our academy are delivering courses to support in meeting those demands. We are excited to be the only work based training provider in the local area delivering flexible courses in this subject, to the highest possible benchmark. This course has been custom designed to suit the needs of salons in the area, based on feedback we have received from employers. We have written the course in compliance with the standards of our awarding body, VTCT.

Do I need to have barbering experience?
You will need to hold at least NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing. Our courses are open to all candidates, and whether you are new to the world of barbering or looking to refresh your skills, you will find a course that is suitable for you.

Can I get funding for my barbering training?
Our courses have been custom designed to meet the current demands, and while we are unable to secure funding for your training, we can guarantee that you will receive the best possible value for money when you pay for your course. The total cost is £350.00.

How can I pay?
We can accept cash or cheques, or if you prefer to pay by via online banking, just request our bank details. We will require a minimum payment of £100 on the first day of your course and the remaining fees must be paid by the end of your training (regrettably all monies paid are non refundable).

When will I get my certificate?
Once you have completed your level 3 unit, your portfolio will be passed to one of our internal verifiers. They will confirm that all evidence is present and correct, and will pass your completion date to the registration and certification team. Your award will be promptly claimed for, and we will contact you when it arrives at our office for you to collect.

Previously known as the Assessors Award, the Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Workplace is ideal for candidates who are qualified hairdressers, who are enthusiastic about supporting trainees in their workplace. By becoming an assessor, you will be able to help trainees get through their training and potentially speed up their learning process. Once this qualification is complete, the candidate is qualified to practically assess any student within their salon who is on an Apprenticeship programme. The requirements of this programme are that the candidate can demonstrate and produce evidence of:

Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment

Do I need to have teaching experience?
No. You do not need teaching experience, but an enthusiasm for learning and helping others to learn is essential. You will also need to hold NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing, and either NVQ Level 3, or five years salon experience.

Can I get funding for my training?

Unfortunately there is no Government funding available. Our courses have been custom designed to meet the VTCT standards, and while we are unable to secure funding for your training, we can guarantee that you will receive the best possible value for money when you pay for your course.

How can I pay?
This is a self funded qualification, and the cost to enroll is £300.00. This covers the cost of registration, training and certification, and the option to pay in installments is available. We will require a minimum payment of £100 to secure your place on the course and the remaining fees must be paid by the end of your training (regrettably all monies paid are non refundable).

How long will it take to achieve?
There are just two contact sessions that you will need to attend; the rest of the qualification is one-to-one appointment based, which affords you maximum flexibility. We anticipate completion for all candidates within six months.

When will I get my certificate?
Once you have completed the course criteria, your evidence will be passed to one of our internal verifiers. They will confirm that all requirements are present and correct, and will pass your completion date to the registration and certification team. Your award will be promptly claimed for, and we will contact you when it arrives at our office for you to collect .

PTLLS is both an introductory course and professional qualification which gives a threshold status to teach. It has been designed to develop and accredit the breadth of knowledge and skills required by teachers to develop and manage the learning process. It is the qualification for those seeking a “stepping stone” to ent it le them to teach.

The course will cover:
Your own role and responsibilities and the boundaries of your role in relation to teaching
Teaching and learning approaches in the specialist area
Demonstrating session planning skills
How to deliver inclusive sessions which motivate learners.

The use of different assessment methods and the need for record keeping
Observe qualified teachers, then plan and carry out your own micro teaching session
You will need to complete 4 assignments: 4 in theory and one as a micro teach.

Do I need to have teaching experience?
This course is aimed at teachers/trainers/tutors in the lifelong learning sector and adult education, trainers of personnel in commerce, industry, public and voluntary sectors or HM forces. You will need to have GCSEs graded at C or above in Maths and English. You will need to be prepared to do up to three hours self study every week of the course, enjoy the idea of studying as part of a group and have enough passion, patience and persistence to clear it all off in a single shot. It is a demanding course, and trainees must commit a lot of time and effort to it.

Can I get funding for my PTLLS training?
Unfortunately there is no Government funding available. Our courses have been custom designed to meet the VTCT standards, and while we are unable to secure funding for your training, we can guarantee that you will receive the best possible value for money when you pay for your course. The cost to enrol is £300.00. This covers the cost of registration, training and certification, and the option to pay in installments is available. We will require a minimum payment of £100 to secure your place on the course and the remaining fees must be paid by the end of your training (regrettably all monies paid are non refundable).

How long will it take to achieve?
There are 15 sessions that you will need to attend, which will take place on a weekly basis. We anticipate completion for all candidates by end of a 3-4 month time frame.

When will I get my certificate?
Once you have completed your portfolio, it will be passed to one of our internal verifiers. They will confirm that all evidence is present and correct, and will pass your completion date to the registration and certification team. Your PTLLS will be promptly claimed for, and we will contact you when it arrives at our office for you to collect.

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