|We offer the following NVQs/VRQs|
Along with these modular NVQ Units
NVQ/VRQ Manicure Services
NVQ/VRQ Pedicure Services
NVQ/VRQ Facial Skin Care Treatment
NVQ/VRQ Waxing Services
NVQ/VRQ Make Up Services
NVQ/VRQ Enhance the Appearance of Eyebrows and Eyelashes
NVQ/VRQ Single Eyelash Extension Treatments
NVQ/VRQ Body Massage Treatment
NVQ/VRQ Massage Using Pre-Blended Aromatherapy Oils
NVQ/VRQ Self Tanning Services
NVQ/VRQ Provide Stone Therapy Treatments
Achieving your NVQ/VRQ after your Diploma training session.
You will complete your Star Beauty Schools accredited Diploma as normal. If you have chosen the option to upgrade your Diploma to a NVQ/VRQ you would then receive your training pack, this includes questions and assignments to work through to cover all the mandatory theory, this is studied in your own time, at home, but with support from your personal Star Beauty Schools lecturers and assessors, who are contactable by email or phone during office hours.
You will be required to practice the treatments on clients and models, in your own time building a portfolio of work. You will need to record all your work and everything that you do, supported with photographic evidence to prove that you have done the treatments. These will be your case studies. The number of case studies required varies from treatment to treatment. Your portfolio will need to show that you can cover a wide range of conditions and types of clients. and you will need to allow a number or months to complete your portfolio.
Once you have completed your portfolio this will be cross referenced to your assessment book, you don't need to worry about this as you assessor will be on hand to help.
When your portfolio and assessment book is complete, you send it to us and your assessor will mark it and feedback to you.
Once your portfolio is signed off, you will attend an assessment session. You will attend the training centre for a day and will complete an on-line multi choice test. Following this you will complete your practical assessments, we would expect you to perform each treatment fully and in a commercially viable time. You will be required to bring a model for this session. These assessment dates will run approximately once a month.
What is the difference between an accredited certificate and an NVQ/VRQ?
Star Beauty School courses are accredited by The Guild of Beauty Therapists, who have looked at our courses and our teaching and assessment methods and deemed our courses suitable to be insured. These courses are suitable for anyone wishing to work for themselves or in a salon, although some salons may specify an NVQ or VRQ qualification. However as long as you are able to obtain insurance or the salon on your behalf, they would more than likely ask you to complete a trade test to test your skills. Some courses are not available as an NVQ or VRQ qualification, and this information will be included on the course content pages. You will see a price for the accredited diploma and then you will see a price for the add on NVQ/VRQ qualification.
These are nationally and internationally recognised qualifications. They are set using the standards of HABIA. ‘Habia is the government appointed standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails, spa therapy, barbering and African type hair, and creates the standards that form the basis of all qualifications including NVQs, SVQs, Apprenticeships, Diplomas and Foundation degrees, as well as industry codes of practice.’ (www.habia.org)
They are issued by an awarding body and consist of showing competence, knowledge and understanding of the subject through portfolio building, multi choice tests and practical assessments.
NVQ (National Vocational Qualifications):
These are qualifications which recognise competence in a specific area of your expertise. They are based on you knowing what you do and why, commonly referred to as underpinning knowledge. They are competence based qualifications and are usually only available at work placements.
VRQ (Vocational Related Qualifications):
These are qualifications which assess your developing knowledge and understanding. They are typically taken to progress a career. They are knowledge based qualifications and can be taken at work placements or schools and colleges.
Which one should I choose?
The choice is completely up to the individual. The accredited course is completed first whichever route is chosen and you can either stop there and take your accredited certificate or you can choose to carry on and use that learning towards your NVQ/VRQ qualification. Or you could always take the accredited route and then come back at a later stage and add on the NVQ/VRQ qualification, so you don’t have to decide straight away.
Don’t worry too much about whether the course is NVQ or VRQ, they are awarded by the same awarding body and recognised as such but depend on whether they are competence or knowledge based.
Who is VTCT?
VTCT is the specialist awarding body for the hairdressing and beauty sector and the first non-unitary awarding body accredited to offer the Principal Learning for the new Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies. Our full qualification package covers complementary therapies, sports and active leisure and business skills.
VTCT is a Government approved Awarding Body offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and other vocationally related qualifications (VRQs). VTCT has been in existence for over forty years and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom.
With a head office in Eastleigh, Hampshire, the company employs around forty staff and has a field force of over fifty external verifiers working on a contract basis.
VTCT is involved in many of the new initiatives being introduced into the education system, including the embedding of key skills, the move to functional skills and towards e-assessment. At the same time we are keeping abreast of developments in the Framework for Achievement and the introduction of the 14-19 Diplomas.
VTCT will continue to strengthen its presence in the vocational qualifications market in the United Kingdom, where qualifications from VTCT are offered at over 500 colleges of further education and private training centres. Further expansion into overseas markets is one of VTCT's next goals.
To register for an NVQ qualification a one-off lifetime fee of £20 must be paid for registration to VTCT. This will enable you to receive a VTCT number. Please inform Star Beauty Schools if you already hold a registration number.
Star Beauty Schools Policies for the NVQ/VRQ qualification:
The portfolio work needs to be completed following the instructions given with the booklet. Portfolios consist of a record of treatments that you have carried out, including before and after photos, client consultation cards as well as written assessments. You will need to carry out the treatments using a range of procedures and clients. This will confirm the knowledge, understanding and skills that have been learned. Evidence may take the following forms:
All evidence should be documented in the portfolio. Constructing the portfolio of evidence should not be left to the end of the course. Once completed, portfolios need to be sent to us for assessment. These can either be brought in manually or posted (we advise sending recorded delivery). If the portfolio is approved then an assessment date can be booked. If any changes need to be made and the portfolio needs to be returned to you, this will be done by recorded delivery at a charge of £7.50, or it can be collected from the training centre.
- Observed work
- Forms of multi-media
- Witness statements
- Evidence of prior learning or attainment
- Written questions
- Oral questions
- Case studies
Assessment days take the form of a multi-choice online test and practical assessments. VTCT course are assessed and verified by centre staff. For practical elements you will be observed by your assessor. All your work must be collected in a portfolio of evidence and cross-referenced to requirements listed in a record of assessment book.
Star Beauty Schools has an internal verifier whose role it is to check that your assessment and evidence is valid and reliable and meets VTCT and regulatory requirements.
An external verifier, appointed by VTCT will visit Star Beauty Schools to sample and quality-check assessments, the internal verification process and the evidence gathered. You may be asked to attend on a different day from usual if requested by the external verifier. You must attend assessment sessions unless in the case of illness by submission of a doctor’s note or in the case of family bereavement.
All the usual Star Beauty Schools policies apply including wearing of a beauty therapist uniform and following all hygiene rules including no nail extensions or varnish, long hair being tied back, short sleeves.
You must supply your own model for the assessment date.
These bodies may be available to certain students looking for funding for accredited or NVQ/VRQ qualifications. Please contact them directly to find out if you are eligible.
DFES – Adult learning opportunities & funding
Job Centre – New Deal Scheme
Business Link – The Government initiative
Chamber of Commerce
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