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Vocational Education

Mrs Crosland

Welcome to the Vocational Education Faculty at New College Leicester.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students at New College Leicester have the opportunity to study VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy and BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care.

These subjects allow the student to gain knowledge and understanding of the two sectors ready for employment. Many of the skills learnt will be transferable to many other sectors in industry.

We follow a scheme of work which is designed by the awarding body in both areas which is modified specifically for our students.

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy:

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (Syllabus Number AM20530)

Year 10 Year 11
Unit UV21578 Understanding the Hair and Beauty Sector Unit UV21579 Hair and Beauty Research Project
Unit UV21582 Hair and Beauty Science Unit UV21583 Responding to a Design Brief

Health and Social Care:

Our Year 10 students are studying BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care Level 1/2 (Syllabus Number 603/4780/X).

Components studied are:

  • Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development
  • Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values
  • Component 3 – Health and Well-being

Our Year 11 students are studying Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care (Syllabus Number 600/4782/3).

Some units studied are:

  • Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development
  • Unit 2 – Health and Social Care Values
  • Unit 3 – Effective communication in Health and Social Care
  • Unit 6 – The impact of nutrition on health and well being

Key Stage 5

Mrs Smith

After Key Stage 4 students can then continue to study both subject areas in the 6th form. In hairdressing students can take the practical qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 in order to work in a professional salon as a stylist.

Health and social care students can either continue to study at Level 3 in Health and Social Care or specialise in Caring for Children.

In both subject areas, along with their main study in college, students will carry out work experience.

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy:

City and Guilds VRQ Level 2 in Hairdressing (Syllabus Number 500/9051/3) and City and Guilds VRQ Level 3 in Hairdressing (Syllabus Number 500/9099/9)

Level 2 Hairdressing Year 1 Level 3 Hairdressing Year 2
Unit 201 Working in the hair industry Unit 302 Monitor and maintain health and safety practice
Unit 202 Following health and safety practice in the salon Unit 303 Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
Unit 204 Shampoo and condition hair Unit 304 Cut women’s hair
Unit 206 Cut women’s hair Unit 305 Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
Unit 207 Colour hair Unit 306 Colour hair to create a variety of looks
Unit 208 Perm hair Unit 316 Creative hairdressing design skills
Unit 209 Dress hair Unit 410 Colour correction
Unit 212 Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector

Health and Social Care:

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Syllabus Number 601/7194/7).

  • Unit 1 – Human life span development
  • Unit 2 – Working in health and social care
  • Unit 4 – Enquiries into current research in health and social care
  • Unit 5 – Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Unit 6 – Work experience in health and social care
  • Unit 7 – Principles of safe practice in health and social care
  • Unit 8 – Promoting public health
  • Unit 10 – Sociological perspectives
  • Unit 12 – Supporting individuals with additional needs
  • Unit 18 – Assessing children’s development needs


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We hope you have found this information useful. We look froward to welcoming you to the faculty.

Thank you,

Mrs N Crosland and Mrs R Smith – Heads of Vocational Education

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