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Standards
National Occupational Standards (NOS) are the basis of training in hair, beauty, nails and spa and form the backbone of programmes such as NVQs, SVQs and Apprenticeships as well as Codes of Practice.

They are frameworks that describe what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to carry out a particular job role or function in a particular industry.

Habia creates the standards for hairdressing, beauty therapy, nail services, spa therapy, barbering and African type hair.

Standards can help you:

•Identify skills and knowledge needed for occupations
•Provide a reference to assess ability and training needs
•Identify and support clear career paths
•Provide guidelines for certification/accreditation
•Increase your job mobility.

Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are not qualifications in their own right. Instead they are a framework containing various elements combining on-the-job and off-the-job training.

Learners spend time in a business working towards a work-based qualification and time with a training provider working towards a technical qualification and transferable skills.

Although different types of Apprenticeship are available and there are differences between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, all Apprenticeships follow the same basic pattern:

•A work based qualification that is designed to ensure the apprentice is job ready, such as an NVQ/SVQ Diploma at either Level 2 or 3
•Transferable Skill qualifications such as communication,application of number and ICT.

For more information, see our Apprenticeship website.

NVQs/SVQs
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) are work-related, competence based qualifications that allow learners to work and train in a salon, spa or training centre with progress measured through ongoing, continuous assessment - not by time-serving or exams.

All NVQs/SVQs are made up of separate units that set out exactly what a learner must be able to do and to what standard. Each unit is like a mini qualification, representing a training target for building up credits towards a final certificate.

The overall NVQ/SVQ is achieved through continuous assessment and training.

Foundation Degrees (England only)
Foundation degrees are work-based Higher Education qualifications. They are normally delivered in Further Education colleges in partnership with a university. At the end of the Foundation degree, which is a stand-alone Higher Education qualification, there is the option to progress to an Honours degree.

Foundation degrees develop higher-level management skills that staff need to help businesses flourish, as well as providing a progression route from NVQ Level 1 to Higher Education.

Foundation degrees also provide work place opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge required to function at a higher level in a salon, whilst also encouraging abilities such as team building, evaluation, analysis and problem solving.

Habia develops the sector frameworks for Foundation degrees.

Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies
The Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies allows you to study a mixture of qualifications that meet your interests and needs. It helps you make an informed choice about work, training or university instead of being locked into one option whilst gaining experience of the workplace and understanding of what the job really involves.

Your progression route throughout the Diploma remains open, meaning that you can progress on to academic study, a higher level Diploma, employment, an Apprenticeship, work related training or university.

For more information, go to our Diploma site.

Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ)
The Principal Learning Qualification in Hair and Beauty Studies (HBS) is a new and exciting work-focused qualification that has been designed to support young people taking early steps to explore the hair and beauty sector with a view to career choice, a general interest in the sector, work-related training and/or further and higher education.

The qualification is accessible at three different levels (Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced) and is designed to meet the needs of young people according to their age, ability and interests.

For more information, go to your Welsh Baccalaureate site.