This two year programme seeks to provide suitable students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to operate effectively within salon management. The course shares modules with the BA/FdA Business Management programme providing the benefit of a wider range of teaching expertise and being part of a wider group of students. The course will examine several key areas of management and salon management, including entrepreneurship, customer and client care, law, training and development leadership skills, human resource management and work based learning.
The degree should positively assist entry to a career in salon management or general management and for those already working in the sector, enhance career and professional development opportunities. Successful students may also progress directly to the final honours year of BA (Hons) Professional Studies or, after completing two further modules, the final year of BA(Hons) Business Management.
120 UCAS tariff points or equivalent for 2009, 160 tariff points in 2010. UCS entry guidelines apply.
To give students a broad overview of the role and function of salon management
To facilitate a career in salon management by developing relevant knowledge and skills
To develop the student’s awareness of the social, cultural and ethical dimensions to management within salon management
To facilitate the students ability to recognise the workplace as an arena for continual lifelong learning
To develop the student’s personal reflective skills and ability to apply learning to a workplace setting
To stimulate learning through the use of appropriate salon management centred experiences
These course aims are broken down into sets of related skills, which are known as learning outcomes.
A. Knowledge and Understanding
By the end of the course you should be able to:
knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles in their field of study and the way in which those principles have developed
knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in their subject(s), and ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in their field of study and apply these in a work context
an understanding of the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge in their field of study and in a work context.
B. Mental or cognitive skills
By the end of the course you should be able to:
successful application in the workplace of the range of knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme
ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, and the application of those principles in a work context
use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis in their field of study and in a work context
effectively communicate information, arguments, and analysis, in a variety of forms, to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively in their field of study and in a work context
C. Subject Specific and Practical Skills
By the end of the course you should be able:
undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume responsibility within organisations
qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment and progression to other qualifications requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making
the ability to utilise opportunities for lifelong learning.
D. Key Skills
Key Skills, also known as graduate key skills, transferable skills or general skills, comprise communication, information technology, problem solving, numeracy, working with others and improving own learning.
Year 1: all Level 4; 20 credits per module
Principles and Functions of Management
Essential Law Relating to Salon Management
Social, Cultural and Ethical Dimensions of Business
Work-based Learning 1, (Work Experience as a Resource for Learning)
Year 2: all level 5; 20 credits per module
Human Resource Management
Accounting for managers
Skills in Research and Problem Solving
Work-based Learning 2
The Hairdressing, Beauty and Holistic Therapies Environment
Customer and Client Care for Salon Managers
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Essays and Examinations
Presentations and Seminars
Virtual Learning Environment
The teaching is divided into two semesters, semester one runs from September to January and Semester Two from February to June. A full time student is expected to take three modules each semester, making six modules in one year. A part-time student will take one or two modules each semester. Students can expect to have to attend College for three or four hours per module for the twelve weeks of the semester and to spend at least an equivalent amount of time per week in independent study. Students will be provided with timetables when they join the course.
UCS Bury St Edmunds
Suite of rooms in the Suffolk School of Management Centre of Vocational Excellence
Placements/Work Based Learning/Work Experience
Two modules of work placement based learning. Learning outcomes attached to respective modules.
Tutorial and Study Support
Personal Tutor System
Each student registered for the FdA Salon Management programme is allocated to a personal tutor. The personal tutor will normally teach on the programme for which the student is registered and is expected to:
Be allocated up to 12 tutees
Arrange to meet each allocated tutee formally on a one-to-one basis at least once per semester
Make themselves reasonably contactable and available to offer advice and support to their tutees on an ad hoc basis
Be aware of specialist services available at the College to which the tutee may be referred to if necessary.
Student Welfare and Pastoral Support
The UCS Bury St Edmunds Student Welfare section provides a comprehensive range of advice/counselling services. Specialist staff are available 09.00 -17.00 Monday-Friday to provide help with:
preliminary careers advice
specific learning needs – diagnosis and support
Opporunities on Completion of the Course
In terms of career development, graduates from this programme would be well placed to apply for managerial positions in the wide-ranging hairdressing, beauty and wellbeing/lifestyle sector.
For further study, destinations include the B.A.(Hons) Professional Studies Year 3 which has been running from September 2008, or by taking two additional Business Management modules, to the final stage of BA(Hons) Business Management.