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VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
32 Weeks

The VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management is a vocationally related qualification that will prepare you to gain employment as a salon manager, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Students should ideally be working in a salon/spa environment to be able to meet the unit requirements. Students who are not in suitable employment will be given the opportunity to collect evidence from activities based in the College salons (work experience). This will require further attendance/extra days.

This qualification will enable you to seek employment as a hair and beauty salon manager. This qualification is suitable if you have no prior or informal experience in a managerial role within a salon as it covers the full breadth of units you would need to successfully carry out the role of a salon manager.

Course Modules/units

Students will be required to complete the units below to gain the qualification:

  • UV40462 – Management of Health Safety and Security in the Salon
  • UV40464 – Quality Management of Client Care in The Hair and Beauty Sector
  • UV40465 – Sales Management in The Hair and Beauty sector
  • UV40466 – Public Relations in the Hair and Beauty Sector
  • UV40467 – Salon Management
  • UV30452 – Research in the Hair and Beauty Sector

Choose the final module from:

  • UV30457 – Salon Design for the Hair and Beauty Sector
  • UV30460 – Marketing in the Hair and Beauty Sector

Entry Requirements

Students are required to have studied previously a Level 3 qualification in either Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or Media Make-up. GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C or higher is essential and students must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Current employment in a related industry is preferred, but not essential.

Dates and Course Durations

This course is now full for 2021. For more information email

Study Method

This is a level 4 qualification and students will need to demonstrate research skills, academic writing and independent learning. Initial input and guidance will be provided by the tutor, both in the College environment and online.


You will be required to present a portfolio of evidence. Your tutor/assessor will provide guidance on how to prepare the portfolio of evidence and how to show practical achievement, and understanding of the knowledge required to successfully complete this qualification.

Evidence in the portfolio may take the following forms:

• Observed work

• Witness statements

• Audio-visual media

• Evidence of prior learning or attainment

• Written questions

• Oral questions

• Assignments

• Case studies

All evidence should be documented in the portfolio and cross referenced to unit outcomes. Constructing the portfolio of evidence should not be left to the end of the course.

Course Fees

The fees for this course can vary depending on funding eligibility and loan availability, if you feel you may qualify for funding, or wish to discuss loan options, please contact the Funding Team.

Additional Costs

Students are generally required to purchase a kit (approximately £200); however, we are currently reviewing this situation. All students will be required to wear a uniform. The full details of this will be provided at a later date.

This course requires additional study from home, you will need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning.


York College have 2 large fully equipped hairdressing salons, an inviting commercial salon reception, 3 media make-up workshops and 2 beauty therapy salons. Adult learners will have access to professional products and equipment (including Loreal and Eve Taylor)

Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

Completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management will enable students to progress on to further higher-level study, at degree level at a wide range of institutions, including the Foundation Degree/ BA (Hons) Media Make-up, Special Effects & Hair Design available at York College University Centre.

Career Progression

  • Progress into paid employment
  • Accept additional responsibilities in your salon
  • Aspire to promotion
  • Use this as a platform for continued higher education study
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