Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre


There are two Hair and Beauty courses available to study. One is a Level 2 Hair & Beauty Qualification that is the equivalent to a GCSE and the other is a Vocational Level 2 & 3 qualification in Hairdressing, which you can study at Sixth Form.

Hair dressing - Education and experience

The aim is to complete a subject that you have a genuine passion for and to gain a qualification in a subject you love, or, you may have an interest and want to find out more about the subject. We have a fully functioning hair salon with nail bars and all the equipment you would expect to find in a working hairdressing salon.

You can study the Hair and Beauty GCSE and then progress onto the Level 2&3 at Sixth Form, which will mean you can gain employment as a junior hairdresser or go on to further study.

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Key Stages

Key Stage 4 

At KS4 you will be studying a Level 2 Certificate in Hair and Beauty which is the equivalent to a GCSE. This qualification is through VTCT, the largest Hair and Beauty provider. The qualification is carried out over two years and is made up of four units. Three of the units are classroom-based assignments and the fourth unit is the exam unit. Two of the assignment units will be completed in the first year and then one assignment and the exam in the final year.

All of the assignments and exam are based around the hair or beauty industry and also involves a lot of business theory.


Key Stage 5

At KS5 you will study for your Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing during Year 12 and a Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing during Year 13. This means you will train and become a fully qualified Hairdresser, able to seek employment if you choose to, or go on to further study. The qualification is through City & Guilds.

The salon operates just like a real salon where clients can use the salon and pay for hair services carried out by our trainee students. You will run your own column and gain the experience you need to become a confident Hairstylist.

You will also undertake work experience one day a week in a hair salon to add to your experience of what a working week would be like in a salon.