York College

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Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

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Who is this course aimed at?

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.

Overview of the course

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.

Entry Requirements

A Level 3 in either Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or Media Make up required.

Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or higher.

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

Dates and Times

The 2021/22 academic year start dates are being finalised, applications/pre-enrolments for this course will open around May, please check our website around this time and apply/pre-enrol online. If you have any questions in the meantime please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students who are not in the above employment will be required to complete work experience at college. This will involve attending extra days which may differ each term depending on individual requirements.

Course Length

34 weeks.

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
  • UV30457 – Salon Design for the Hair and Beauty Sector 0r…
  • UV30460 – Marketing in the Hair and Beauty Sector

Teaching Method(s)

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.



Additional costs

All students will be required to wear a uniform. The details of this will be provided at a later date.

Reasons to choose this course

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) and will also have the opportunity to join in any with any day time extracurricular activities should they wish to do so.

Skills you will develop

Students will also develop communication techniques, interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as a team.

Career progression

When you have successfully completed this qualification, you will be in a position to either

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

About the course tutors

All our teachers are fully qualified with up to date experience in industry.



Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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