Hair and Beauty


At Beauchamps High School we endeavour to have a curriculum that is underpinned by our vision and core values and is a curriculum that is fit for all. The Hair and Beauty Academy has grown over the past few years, and is now delivered from Year 9 through to Year 11. The department aims to provide a mix of learning styles providing both practical sessions in hair styling, make up and tinting. Theory studies exist in research methods, how to run a business and responding to a brief.



In Year 9 students can study an ASDAN qualification that introduces them to hair and beauty theory and practical elements. This course is for one hour per week and covers customer service, nail services, hairdressing techniques, basic facial treatments, health and safety in hair and beauty and careers in hair and beauty. In Years 10 and 11, Hair and Beauty is a GCSE option. The qualification the students are working towards is VTCT Level 2 in Hair and Beauty. In studying this GCSE, they have the opportunity to study anatomy and physiology of the human body and also more practical session such as lash treatment, manicure and pedicure. Special events hair, makeup and facials. Students have the opportunity to experience a real working salon and start to understand the business aspects relating to the sector. Students carry out three pieces of coursework that are research based. They are required to then sit an exam; this is complimented with practical lessons. Students get the opportunity to visit local salons and are supported by colleges and local professionals with further career development and work placements where possible.



We endeavour to embed career development into the curriculum beyond the classroom, promoting responsibility and independence. Students are supported in writing CVs to give to local salons for work experience. As such some of the students taking the course have gone onto working full time in salons and barbers and some have even setup their own businesses in this field. Currently 70% of our current cohort have applied for hair and beauty college placements and apprenticeships, with many of these also securing a part time paid job in the local area.

Student feedback

In hair and beauty I have been shown how to correctly wash and dry people’s hair. I now work at a salon in Wickford”
“I have been taught how to do hairstyling at Beauchamps, therefore I now have a part time job in a Basildon based salon”
“In my hair and beauty lessons I have practiced washing and drying hair, and I work at a small salon in Wickford part time”