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Industry Insight

Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty & Nails has always been a dynamic industry and the needs of employers is increasingly important. A career in the airdressing, Barbering, Beauty & Nail industry can offer many different pathways towards success.

People

  • Around 260,000 people work in the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industries.
  • 58% of people working in hairdressing and barbering and 53% of people working in beauty are self-employed.
  • 48% of people working in hairdressing & barbering are aged 16 to 34. 61% of people working in beauty are aged 16 to 34.
  • 84% of people working in hairdressing and barbering and 94% of people working in beauty are female.

Business

  • Just over half of hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses have annual turnover of less than £99k.
  • There are over 42,000 hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses in the UK.
  • Hair salons, barbershops and beauty salons generate almost £7.5bn for the UK economy.
  • 93% of all hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses employ fewer than ten people. 70% employ fewer than five people.
  • Barbershops, beauty salons and nail bars are in the top ten most popular independent business start-ups.

Pathway Group Courses Available

The Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a nail technician. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a nail technician, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role.

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including, mandatory units covering the following: providing manicures and pedicures, applying and maintaining nail enhancements, maintaining personal health and well-being, health and safety and client care.

You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: designing and applying nail art, air brush designs, enhancing nails with electric files, promoting products and displaying stock to promote sales. The structure of this qualification provides you with the flexibility to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a nail technician.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and nail products and equipment. You will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to provide a variety of nail enhancement treatments using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a nail technician. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a nail technician. Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in a commercial nail salon
  • Working in a retail concession ‘nail bar’
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is one of two qualifications in nail services at Level 3. Whilst both qualifications qualify you to become a nail technician, this qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients.

In contrast, the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services has a purpose of confirming competence in a specific job role, rather than preparing you to enter the sector. The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services also requires you to work in a commercial salon whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a nail technician. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found here.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services is a substantial vocational qualification that will confirm your competence as a nail technician. This qualification forms part of an apprenticeship framework, however is also offered outside apprenticeships by education and training providers who can offer this course in a real salon environment and provide you with the opportunity to learn nail technology skills, whilst working on real clients. It is important for you to have the opportunity to learn in a real working environment, particularly because this qualification leads to employment in such a client-centred and service orientated sector.

This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a nail technician, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role.

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a nail technician including: enhance and maintain nails using UV gel and liquid and powder.

You will also develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: designing and creating nail art, air brush designs, enhancing nails with electric files, wraps, promoting products and contributing to the financial effectiveness of a business. The structure of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career as a nail technician.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and nail product knowledge. You will develop a range of technical skills in nail enhancements, using a variety of different products, tools and techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a nail technician. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a nail technician. Career opportunities as a nail technician exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial nail and beauty
  • Working in a retail concession / nail bar
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is one of two qualifications in nail services at Level 3. Whilst both qualifications will qualify you to become a nail technician, this qualification requires you to work in a commercial salon whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

In contrast, the Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology has a purpose of preparing you to enter the beauty therapy sector rather than confirming competence in a specific job role. The Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose to confirm your competence as a nail technician. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found on their website.

The Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a beauty massage therapist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a beauty massage therapist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role.

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty massage therapist including mandatory units covering the following: body massage, pre-blended aromatherapy, client care, stone therapy, health and safety, Indian head massage.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and massage medium products. You will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to provide a variety of relaxing massage treatments using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a beauty massage therapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a beauty massage therapist. Career opportunities as a beauty massage therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial beauty salons, destination spas and day spas
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is one of two qualifications in beauty massage therapy at Level 3. Whilst both qualifications qualify you to become a beauty massage therapist, this qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients.

In contrast, the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Massage) has a purpose of confirming competence in a specific job role, rather than preparing you to enter the sector. The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Massage) also requires you to work in a commercial salon or spa environment whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a beauty massage therapist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found here.

The Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a make-up artist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a make-up artist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role.

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist including mandatory units covering the following: applying make-up, instruction on make-up, fashion and photographic make-up, media make-up, camouflage make-up and promoting products and services.

You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: airbrush make-up, mehendi, styling and fitting a postiche, displaying stock to promote retail of products.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and cosmetic products and equipment. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to prepare the skin and apply a variety of make-up products using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills, which will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a make-up artist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a make-up artist. Career opportunities as a make-up artist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial beauty salons
  • Working in a retail concession in a department store
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is one of two qualifications in beauty therapy make-up at Level 3. Whilst both qualifications qualify you to become a make-up artist, this qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients.

In contrast, the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make-up has a purpose of confirming competence in a specific job role, rather than preparing you to enter the sector. The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make-up also requires you to work in a commercial salon whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a make-up artist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found on their website.

Career Advice & Job Profiles

Nail Technician

Nail technicians repair, paint and decorate clients’ nails.

  • Average salary: £12,500 Starter – £25,000 Experienced
  • Typical hours: 38 to 40 variable
  • You could work: Evenings / Weekends flexibly

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists manipulate clients’ muscles and soft tissues, treat sports injuries, and give relief to people with health issues.

  • Average salary: Variable
  • Typical hours: 37 to 40 variable
  • You could work: Freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

Make-up Artist

Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for people appearing on camera or in front of a live audience.

  • Average salary: Variable
  • Typical hours: 38 to 40 variable
  • You could work: freelance / self-employed away from home

Hairdresser

Hairdressers cut, colour and shape clients’ hair to create the look they want.

  • Average salary: £14,000 Starter – £30,000 Experienced
  • Typical hours: 37 to 40 a week
  • You could work: Evenings / Weekends

Barber

Barbers cut, and style clients’ hair to create the look they want.

  • Average salary: £14,000 Starter – £30,000 Experienced
  • Typical hours: 37 to 40 a week
  • You could work: Evenings / Weekends

Beauty Therapist

Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for people appearing on camera or in front of a live audience.

  • Average salary: £15,00 Start – £20,000 Experienced
  • Typical hours: 37 to 40 a week
  • You could work: Evenings / weekends as customers demand