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FdA Salon Management

This Foundation degree is awarded by Teesside University

Higher education qualifications open the door to new career opportunities, better wages and increase job or personal fulfilment. Until now it has been difficult to achieve academic recognition and qualifications above Level 3 within the beauty industry. This course provides students with an innovative learning experience to gain the necessary skill and knowledge needed to successfully manage a business within the beauty industry. This course is intended for those who intend to make a career in the beauty industry and/or continue in Higher Education to degree level.

No Awarding body

Duration of Course:

2 Years

Entry requirements:

A standard offer for entry onto level 4 will be the International equivalents of NVQ Level 3 Hair (must have completed units in Innovative Cutting Design and Colour correction techniques) or NVQ Level 3 Beauty (must have completed units in Waxing, Body massage and Facials) or equivalent experience in industry.
All students will be required to undertake an interview before an offer is made.
Those with non-comparable qualifications will be assed via Interview.

In line with the widening participation brief, the Institute encourages applications from those who lack formal academic qualifications. All such applicants will be set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

International Students also require an IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4
Managing People & Academic Skills
Career Development
Health & Safety Management in Salons
Client Experience and Marketing
Small Business Planning and Finance
Advanced Skin/Hair care and Physiology
Elective (choose 1 of the below)
Advanced Massage
Training in the Workplace

Level 5
Business Law
Marketing Management
Human Resource Management
Professional Research Study
*Study either the modules listed below
Competitive Business Practice
Salon Marketing Communications
* OR study the below
Advanced Techniques

How is the course assessed:

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: practice-based assignments, case studies, presentations, multi-cultural management problems, projects, problem-based scenarios, simulations, portfolios, reflective assignments and the outcomes of negotiated learning contracts. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace.

Employment information:

Upon completion of this programme, students will have the opportunity to continue their academic studies and progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Business Management OR the BA Tourism and Business Management top up.

Furthermore, upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new management career, advance an existing one within the industry or manage their own business. Graduates will be able to pursue a wide range of roles within the salon industry such as a senior therapist or stylist/ manager or director for a Spa or Salon. Other graduates may prefer a more specialised role within the industry and seek positions such as a marketing manager or finance manager in which they can develop their key skills specifically. Alternatively some graduates may prefer the route of product promotion for organisations.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 6/11/2013