Hair & Beauty

Course Description

Hair-StudentThe StPatsTech Hair & Beauty program will provide you with entry-level qualifications for employment in the hairdressing and/or beauty industry.

You will develop practical skills in providing assistance to and interacting with colleagues, customer service, following workplace safety procedures, developing industry knowledge and employability skills.

The pre-vocational components of this course are delivered 1-2 days per week at the Elizabeth TAFE training salon, while employability skills and and theory subjects are delivered at StPatsTech.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of industry shows and visits as part of this program.

This program is part of the St Pat’s Tech School of Community Services, Hospitality & Lifestyle. To see the other pathways available in this sub-school, visit the Programs page.

Course Structure

ProgramStructure-CSAll subjects at StPatsTech are written specifically for your trade program.

Pre-vocational trade training is industry relevant, highly practical and fully accredited by TAFE SA.

> Pre-vocational / technical training
> Certificate II in Salon Assistant (SHB20216)

> Trade theory subjects
> Essential Mathematics
> Essential English
> Scientific Studies

> Work Ready Skills program

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Salon Assistant (SHB20216)

tafe-logo-with-rto-codeCourse content includes: Interacting with clients, providing hairdressing services.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification delivered in partnership with TAFE SA.

Integrated Learning

Students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world task, event, learning opportunity, or context, which leads to a specific purpose, product, or outcome. The subject draws links between aspects of students’ lives and their learning. Students develop and demonstrate their collaboration, teamwork, and self-awareness, and evaluate their learning. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

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Community Studies

Community Studies allows students to be flexible with their learning and be part of a community. It provides an opportunity to students to develop their personal interests which may or may not be related to their trade. Teachers work on a one-on-one basis to help and guide students to choose their community activity. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

Skills for Life

The Skills for Life program provides students with meaningful and positive experiences as part of the College’s Catholic community. It aims to develop students knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the dignity of the human person, living in relationship and the nature of freedom and responsibility. It helps students to recognise how they can impact and make a difference in their community and to develop skills and values in relation to what is meaningful and significant to their lives.

Workplace Practices

In Workplace Practices students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers' rights and responsibilities and career planning. Our extensive Work Experience program is a key component of this subject allowing students to develop and reflect on their capabilities, interests, and aspirations.

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Essential English

Our literacy program prepares students to communicate effectively within the workplace. This subject provides students with skills required to enhance their oral and written skills. Students learn techniques to improve their employment opportunities, their ability to work in a team and their effectiveness to communicate with customers and clients. Areas such as the planning and writing of job applications, procedures when writing curriculum vitae and the appropriate use of email and other electronic communications are also studied in this course.

Essential Mathematics

Our numeracy program enables students to develop the mathematical skills necessary to ensure their success and is both practical and theoretical in nature. Students study units of measurement, measuring devices, length, perimeter, area and volume. These units also include components in costing, quoting and scale drawing. These units are fundamental to the success of all students completing a trade and give students a clear understanding of the relevance between mathematics and their chosen career pathway.

Research Project

In the Research Project, students have the opportunity to study an area of interest in depth. They use their creativity and initiative, while developing the research and presentation skills they will need in further study or work.

Scientific Studies (Hairdressing)

Science for Hairdressing aims to equip learners with an understanding of the scientific principles underlying hairdressing and to encourage learners to develop safe and hygienic salon work practices.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant
Code Unit Title
SHBXIND002 Communicate as part of a salon team
SHBXIND001 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXCCS001 Conduct salon financial transactions
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
SHBHDES001 Dry hair to shape
SHBXCCS003 Greet and prepare clients for salon services
SHBHIND001 Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
SHBHCLS001 Apply hair colour products
SHBHDES002 Braid hair
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays
SHBHBAS002 Provide head, neck and shoulder massages for relaxation
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SHBXCCS004 Recommend products and services
SHBHIND002 Research and use hairdressing industry information
SHBHREF005 Rinse and neutralise chemically restructured hair
SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer

Work Experience

StPatsTech supports you like no other school as you move into the workplace.

Our Work Ready Skills program gives you the edge in the key skills required to gain employment including:

  • self-management
  • communication
  • planning and organising
  • problem-solving
  • teamwork

Giving you the best chance to develop your workplace skills, try your trade for real and meet potential employers, your StPatsTech pre-Apprenticeship program includes a minimum of 6-weeks’ Work Experience per year.



School-based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SbAT) are a mix of vocational education, training and employment. They allow you to start work and finish school at the same time.

Hair-&-Beauty-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship specialist.

As part of any StPatsTech program, we’ll assist you to move into an SbAT as soon as you’re ready.

Your SbAT gives you credit for your employment skills and real-world experience as part of your school program.

SbAT programs at StPatsTech are unlike any others in schools in South Australia, providing you and your employer with a unique level of FLEXIBILITY.

You can spend up to 40 weeks of your final school year full-time with an employer in paid work. This means you can finish the first year of your full apprenticeship at the same time as completing your SACE.

During your SbAT you’ll be supported by a member of the StPatsTech team and when you graduate, you’ll automatically upgrade to a full-time position.

Career Pathways

This course suits students who are interested in working in a salon environment as a Hairdresser or in the Beauty industry as a Beauty therapist.

For further information about this industry in South Australia, visit Work Ready.