The range of skills and knowledge that are studied at Key Stage 4 are relevant to many areas of employment and further areas of study. If students want to continue their Hair and Beauty education post Y11 there are many courses available at local colleges, with progression routes available to university level study within specialist areas (for example, a BA (Hons) Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance).
The Hair and Beauty industry is a major employer of people in the UK and globally. An understanding of Hair and Beauty can help you progress in a variety of different sectors and job roles. Here are a few examples:
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy: As one of the biggest industries worldwide there are a huge range of career opportunities available, such as Hair Stylists, Beauty Therapists, Barbers, Make-up Artists and Wig makers. These skills can also travel, with opportunities to work abroad or on cruise liners providing hair and/or beauty services and treatments to passengers whilst at sea. There are also opportunities to enhance the knowledge and skills gained during initial training for these roles by attending university and training to become a Hair or Beauty Lecturer or to expand on their creativity by studying towards a degree to secure employment within the Media industry working behind the scenes offering hair styling, make-up, special effects make-up techniques and prosthetics. There are also a number of employment opportunities within the industry including working as part of a team within a salon, working freelance or travelling the world on a cruise ship.
Aesthetic Nursing: There has been an unprecedented rise in the popularity of aesthetically enhancing procedures, such as Botox, lip fillers and brow lamination over recent years. These treatments all benefit from the anatomy and physiology knowledge taught within initial beauty therapy training, which can then be progressed to a higher level in order to work as an Aesthetic Nurse.
Leisure and Tourism: Hair and Beauty services and treatments are popular globally, with an increasing demand for highly trained industry specialists to work in hotel based salons abroad. There is also opportunities to work within hair and beauty salons on board cruise liners, with varying roles available including hair stylists, beauty therapists, massage therapists, receptionists and make-up artists.
Health and Social Care: The communication skills and knowledge of personal hygiene learnt whilst studying Hair and Beauty can also prepare you for a potential career caring for others within Health and Social Care.
Media and Fashion: You could also enhance your creative and design skills further by obtaining a degree in Media Make-up, Special Effects and Hair Design (an example of many degree level courses available) which would enable you to pursue a career working within film, theatre or television.