Course Title Hairdressing Management Foundation Degree
Code HM04

Overview of the Course

This course is for stylists or managers currently working or planning the next stage of their education and training in the hairdressing industry. You will learn current industry techniques or develop those that you have already been introduced to at a lower level and you will also build a strong foundation in the theories and background knowledge of the profession. An important feature of the course is the opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and experience of management, leading people and making effective business decisions thus increasing salon revenue. Throughout your studies you will be offered support in the development of relevant study skills such as academic, ICT, independent learning, communication and time management. The teaching and learning strategies typically used by tutors on the course include lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorial. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

What are the career opportunities?

Successful completion of this course could enable you to progress onto a BA (Hons) degree by undertaking a top-up course. This will require a further 12 months of study.

What are the entry requirements?

64 UCAS points or equivalent in a Level 3 hairdressing qualification. Applicants should also have five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) including English. The college will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course. If you do not have the standard entry requirements but have relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course. You may be required to attend for an interview or assessment.

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Course Duration

Two years

What topics will I study?

Level 4: Professional and Academic Skills, The Hair and Beauty Industry in Context, Hairdressing Salon Operations, Colour Correction, Technological Developments and innovations, Manage the Creation of a Hairstyle Collection Level 5: Hairdressing Salon Management in Practice, Managing Financial Resources in Salons, Leading and Managing Hairdressing and Beauty Teams, Work Based Learning, Hair and Scalp Specialist Services and Introduction to Trichology


Assessment takes the form of coursework, including essay, reports and presentations.

Special Features

This course has been designed with a focus on management, employability and business acumen to give you the skills that you will need to progress in your career. Special features of the course include:

  • The college has extensive industry links with a wide range of employers in the hairdressing industry, providing you with the opportunity to visit a range of salons and other workplaces. You will also have the opportunity to attend workshops/masterclasses given by guest speakers.

  • You will take part in a period of managed work experience at level 5 of the programme allowing you to gain employability skills directly relevant to the workplace.

  • The first year of the course focuses on salon management, new practical skills, emerging trends and technological developments, while the second year provides business training that includes, for example, modules in human resource management, small business enterprises, working with and leading people and business psychology to help enable you to become a salon manager, start up your own business or run your business more effectively.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

All students receive an initial allocation of 600 print credits per academic year; additional credits can then be purchased if required. Photocopying facilities are available in the LRC at an additional cost. You will need to provide your own hairdressing tools and equipment (although all electrical equipment is provided for you) and you may wish to purchase additional items of personal hairdressing kit, relevant to your own requirements. You will need to purchase a tunic for practical workshops.

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