Occupational Studies Hair & Beauty

Occupational Studies are vocational skills-based qualifications which enable the learner to sample a variety of work-based learning contexts.

Students who choose to follow the Occupational Studies Hair and Beauty option at the end of year 10 will work towards completing 2 courses:

  • Occupational Studies – Business Services
  • Occupational Studies – Design & Creativity


Topic Content 

Each course consists of 2 modules:

  • Creative Styling Using Blow Drying Techniques
  • Manicure & Nail Art
  • Creative Styling on Long Hair
  • Facial Skincare


The Occupational Studies specification:

  • has an occupational and employability focus;
  • enables progression to other courses, training and employment;
  • helps to raise levels of achievement, since learners are likely to be more motivated to achieve success through applying their knowledge in practical, work-related situations and contexts; and
  • emphasises learning by doing, which will help learners to develop the transferable skills necessary in a changing and dynamic working environment.

Learners are assessed on: 

  • Their recall of knowledge and understanding of the specified content (AO1) – 20% 
  • How they apply their knowledge, understanding and skills in occupational contexts through undertaking relevant tasks (AO2) – 60% 
  • Their ability to analyse and evaluate their work and make judgements about their performance, indicating where improvements could be made (AO3) – 20%