The Academy of Central Bedfordshire

  1. Curriculum
  2. Subject Areas
  3. H&B Curriculum Planning

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

If you have an interest in hair and/or beauty, these lessons are designed to build on that and ignite a passion to enter into the industry. We will work with you to tailor the skills you learn to lead you along the career path of your choice. 


The skills you could learn are:-

  • Shampoo and Style Hair (Men & Womens)
  • Temporary Hair Colouring Techniques
  • Plaiting and Twisting
  • Hand Care
  • Manicure
  • Nail Art
  • Face Painting
  • Make up
  • Create an Image
  • Scalp Massage

Possible career paths are:-

  • Hair Stylist
  • Barber
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Nail Technician
  • Make-up Artist
  • Sales
  • Teaching
  • Theatrical Hair and Make-up
  • Holistic Therapist
  • Colour Technician

This industry can lead to a rich and rewarding career that easily adjusts to suit many different stages of life and ensure that you are always able to support yourself. There are various types of places you can work e.g. Salon, Barbers, Freelance/Mobile, Cruise Liner, Spa, Health Resort, Hotel, Hospital, Wholesalers, Leisure Centre.


For pupils to receive a high-quality education and training in the profession of Hair & Beauty to a Level 1 & 2 standard through a curriculum which:

  • Enables students to become fluent in the underpinning knowledge required for L1 & 2 H&B through varied and frequent practice so that they develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • Students develop an appreciation and enthusiasm to use their Hair & Beauty skills to improve the appearance and raise self esteem in potential clients
  • Develop students sense of enjoyment and curiosity in the subject and provide the foundations that can lead to a career in this profession
  • Develops students’ confidence in their ability
  • Encourages independent working practices by using the internet for research and developing finished looks by using their imagination and creative skills
  • To introduce students to the working world, developing communication and listening skills and to raise their awareness of the importance of professionalism
  • Introduction of the Key Stage 3 Program
  • Introduction of the APP program



  • Detailed Schemes of Learning contain a wide variety of resources, activities and tasks which facilitate consistently high quality lessons being delivered by all teachers of Hair & Beauty. 
  • As students have different start dates, their lessons are bespoke to where they are within the qualification, therefore the resources are designed to be rich in information to ensure they are guided ready for their assessments/assignments. 
  • Baseline tests are used to establish if there is any prior knowledge in this subject due to it being something that a lot of people are interested in and widely advertised on social media and TV. 
  • Students are appropriately challenged, but are able to achieve success at their level. Written assignments are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and this enables students to improve the quality of their work and aim higher as they progress through the qualification. 
  • Regular assessments are used as a vehicle for students to reflect on their progress and identify areas that require further development. Self reflection/assessment is encouraged in every lesson as a tool of independent learning and self correction. Peer assessment is also widely used, especially when they carry out practical treatments on one another, to fine tune the techniques used. 



At the end of their Hair & Beauty education at the ACB, we expect students to:

  • If they are studying to a Level 1 standard then they should be able to perform these basic treatments - shampooing, ladies & gents styling, plaiting, temporary hair colouring, hand care and nail art, skincare, make-up and face painting.
  • If they are studying to a Level 2 standard then they should be able to perform these basic treatments and plan and execute a themed total look.
  • Reason clearly and logically, and to set out rational arguments to solve problems in a diverse range of situations related to the Hair & Beauty profession.
  • To be on track to reach their full potential in their Level 1 or 2 Hair & Beauty which opens the door to many careers and opportunities.
  • To have achieved the pre entry requirements to enter college and complete their study of this profession. 


Careers subject statement:   Opportunities to explore different career routes, including academic and vocational, will be given within Hair & Beauty as part of the normal delivery of the subject. There is a unit included called ‘an introduction to the Hair & beauty sector’ which looks at the job roles, the career pathways and the routes for training and further education in this sector. 


SMSC Subject Statement:  In all lessons staff will overtly direct students to discuss or reflect upon an aspect of SMSC which is relevant to the topic being learned. This will explicitly be achieved in Hair & Beauty by discussing the following:


  • The impact different cultures have on the industry
  • Ethics in the industry
  • F unctions of hair
  • Appropriate client/colleague conversations
  • Developing Creativity
  • How to treat types of client
  • Why looks are so important to people


British Values Statement - we assimilate British values in the hair and beauty lessons on a regular basis by discussions about our culture and history, mostly related to the topic but also about life in general. The rule of law comes up quite naturally due to the need to discuss ethics and codes of conduct/practice as it is a client based industry