Outline content for T Levels in Beauty and Aesthetics open for consultation

The Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics T Levels draft outline content has been approved and is now live for consultation. 

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education, which oversees the development and approval of standards, qualifications and occupational maps for T Level’s and apprenticeships, is seeking your views on the content submitted for the T Level pathway. 

The content for the new two-year technical study programme, which will sit alongside apprenticeships and A-levels as one of the three major options available to students 16–19, has been developed by T Level’s panel of experts. The T Level provides a route into the sector via a full-time education programme, leading to a Level 3 qualification. It includes a substantial work experience element to ensure learners are prepared for work and know the needs of employers, clients and the sector.

It says that the skills required for the T Level is based on the same occupational standards as apprenticeships, ensuring that students taking them can develop their technical knowledge as required by employers in the beauty industry. 

"The panel are delighted that our draft outline content is now open for consultation. We are keen to get as much industry feedback as possible so that we can develop something that is robust, meeting the needs of young people and employers," said Diane Hey, T Level panel member and Beauty Apprenticeship Steering Group vice chair. 

"The consultation is your opportunity to support the development of the qualification by ensuring it is fit for purpose and equips leaners with the relevant skills, knowledge and experience for a rewarding career as a beauty therapist, hairdresser or barber.” 

If you want to take part, you need to complete the consultation by August 6, and don’t forget to read the full outline content live for consultation beforehand. 

All responses will be scrutinised before the final content for the Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics T Level pathway is published in 2020. 

Last year, the Level 2 Trailblazer Beauty Make-up Consultant and Nail Services Technician apprenticeship standards and assessment plans were approved and sent out for delivery. 

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