Hair & Beauty

Course Description

Hair-Student

The St Patrick’s Technical College Hair & Beauty program prepares you for work as an apprentice beauty therapist, hairdresser, barber, nail technician or makeup artist.

You will learn to apply treatments to hair including mixing and applying semi-permanent colours and drying hair to shape. The course also covers nail technology, lash and brow tinting, brow shaping and waxing.

You will also develop your customer service skills and retail maths skills.

The pre-vocational components of this course are delivered in the training salon at TAFE SA Elizabeth Campus.

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

StPatsTech-Machine-HairAll students at St Patrick’s Technical College study a nationally-accredited technical / vocational qualification while completing the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Industry Focused SACE
> Essential Mathematics
> Scientific Studies

Work Ready Skills
> Essential English
> Skills for Life
> Community Studies
> Workplace practices
> Cross-disciplinary Studies

Vocational Training
> Certificate II in Salon Assistant (SHB20216)

Our fully integrated courses mean you don’t sacrifice your high school education while undertaking vocational training, either through one of our certificate courses or through our School-based Apprenticeship program.

All subjects at StPatsTech are specifically written with reference to your technical training while the vocational qualification is an industry relevant and highly practical TAFE SA course.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 is focused on helping you move into the workforce. Our Work Ready Skills program gives you the edge when it comes to applying for a job.

Embedded in all the subjects that make up the Work Ready Skills program you’ll discover the key skills that employers are looking for and how you can develop them:

  • People skills
  • Reliability
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Positive attitude and work ethic
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Digital literacy
  • Problem solving

To help you develop these skills and introduce you to potential employers, the College conducts an extensive Work Experience program. All students are expected to undertake a minimum of six weeks of placement in the world of work per year.

Apprenticeship

As part of your program at St Patrick’s Technical College, we’ll support you to move into an apprenticeship as soon as you’re ready.

Automotive-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship specialist.

A School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SbAT) is a mix of academic, vocational education, training and employment.

Through your SbAT at StPatsTech, employment skills and real-world experience are an integral part of your school program.

Our apprenticeship program is the only one of its kind in South Australia. We allow you and
your employer maximum flexibility so you both get the most out of your SbAT.

In Year 12 you can spend more than 40 weeks full-time with your employer in paid work. This means completing up to the first year of your apprenticeship at the same time as finishing your
SACE with support from the College.

StPatsTech School-based Apprentices automatically upgrade to full-time apprenticeships after graduation.

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.