VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management

Hair and beauty student putting on make up onto a woman


The VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management is a vocationally related qualification that will prepare you to gain employment as a manager in the hair, makeup and beauty sector, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry on to this qualification can be via previous attainment of a level 3 Diploma in Theatrical Special Effects Hair and Makeup.

The mandatory units in this qualification include:

  • Management of health, safety and security in the salon
  • Quality management of client care in the hair and beauty sector
  • Sales management in the hair and beauty sector
  • Public relations in the hair and beauty sector
  • Salon management
  • Prosthetic make-up
  • Manage the creation of a hair style collection

As well as theory based lessons you will also participate in practical learning where you will develop your makeup and hair skills by being hands on designing and producing characters ready for professional photoshoots. You will be creating a collection of hairstyles to suit the characters you design.

Transform your 2D special effects skills into 3D prosthetic skills. Learn how to make seamless prosthetic pieces at ease and enhance your skills making your traumas camera ready. During your training you will learn the art form of moulding and sculpting, how to make casualty effects from flat moulds to be able to produce small prosthetic pieces. Once you have mastered this step the options are endless as to what affects you wish to mould. You will discover how to achieve extra detail through colouring and adding texture for the finishing touches.

You will discover how to use life casting materials to learn the process of a half head life cast. After this you will use your life cast to sculpt small prosthetic pieces. The next stages of your training will be how to apply, paint and remove a prosthetic piece safe and effectively to industry standards.

You will also learn how to make and apply bald caps as well as learning the art form of customized mask making, learn to create and bring to life a character and transform latex into a three dimensional piece.

Course Content - What will I learn?

Mandatory units to the course:

Physiology of ageing,
Dermatology and microbiology,
Chemistry of hair and beauty products
Apply micro dermabrasion
Laser and light treatments for hair removal
Laser and light treatments for skin rejuvenation
Management of health, safety and security in the salon,
Quality management of client care in the hair and beauty sector,
Salon management,
Marketing in the hair and beauty sector

You will also have the opportunity to increase your aesthetic knowledge by also completing insurable additional courses. (Some may include a small fee)
Advance Skin Blemish Removal (Skin Tags, Milia Blood Spots and telangiectasia) Epiderma 1.5mm Derma Rolling (Roller and Pen Technique), Skin Peels, Mesotherapy and Skin Derma Planning

Am I right for the course?

The course develops students skills for a career path in Retail, TV, Film, Theatre and Fashion make-up professions. These creative industries are highly competitive, and are most suitable for individuals that are very passionate about makeup artistry and want to develop and mature into professional makeup artists’. The course requires students to attend every lesson and a 100% commitment to developing and practicing your makeup skills, knowledge and understanding through critical research, consistent independent technical practice. Students are required to complete assignments alongside their salon management theory lessons.

This course runs over 2 days as contact time in class and students are expected to undertake additional study outside of lessons.

Entry on to this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical special effects hair and makeup. We advise that you have a part time job within the Hair, Makeup or Beauty sector or attain the relevant work experience.

Assessment is evidenced in a portfolio of work. Assessments include examination, observation, written assignments and oral questioning. You will be required to bring in models in the makeup studio.

Purchase of a kits and uniform from the College (Approx £150.00). Oasis at Oaklands is our commercial salon that provides students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in an operational Skin and Hair Clinic. You will be attending college up to 18 hours per week this will include an evening session to reflect your future industry experience. Additionally you will be required to complete up to 6 hours per week home study. You will also complete clinic work experience, which may not include your normal college days. Students will also be given enrichment opportunities, taken on trips and encouraged to support businesses and groups in the community

Your course lecturers are professional working makeup artists, Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists and are trained teachers and assessors with many years of experience in the industry and in teaching. The course lessons are active, creative and intensive and designed to inspire and develop all the students towards creating great and interesting work for their final assessments.

What Next?

Following successful completion of this course, students can enter employment as Aesthetic Therapist, Doctor/Nurse Assistant, ILP/Laser Technician, Hair Removal Therapist, Hair Loss Therapist (alopecia clinic), Clinic/Salon/Spa Manager, Trainer, Lecturer, Field Sales Representative, Treatment Co-ordinator, Product Researching.

Our Hair and Beauty courses enable you to work in a wide variety of salons, nail bars, spas, cruise ships, or even work abroad in luxury resorts. Depending on the level you choose to study, we recommend that you carry on climbing the ladder within Oaklands, and then onto university or into employment.

Potential careers:

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Theatrical and Media Makeup Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Salon Management
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Reflexologist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Skincare Consultant
  • Hairdresser/stylist

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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