Hair & Beauty
The Links Academy Hair & Beauty Department offers learners the opportunity to gain a VTCT Level 2 qualification in Hair & beauty skills.
Skills introduced at this stage are hairdressing, makeup and nails. The qualification is a stepping stone towards further Level 2 and Level 3 VTCT qualifications delivered in further education or apprenticeships.
Learners are required to complete a mandatory unit, ‘Create an image based on a theme’. This year the theme was ‘Underwater’, culminating in a show presentation of their image. In previous years the learners chose the themes ‘Through the Ages’, ‘Musicals’ and ‘Two –Tone’. Learners are required to demonstrate practical skills in hairstyling, nail art and makeup/face painting to create their final assessment image. Models then wear clothing and accessories to complete the final look. Friends, family and staff are invited to watch the presentation show, along with seeing power-point presentations, a short speech and mood boards that have been created by the learners. Learners also complete written coursework.
A quote from the IQA report says “The amount of research that was carried out by the learners was excellent. The presentations were to a very high standard and showcased the skills very well. Behaviour throughout both days was excellent”.
The EQA report said “Today I have seen amazing power-points the students have made using a theme, covering the range and complementing their mood board with hair, nails and makeup”. “All learners’ needs are supported fully”. Credit was given by the EQA to staff at the centre for their conscientiousness and professionalism when carrying out assessments.