How a ULearn Diploma differs from an NVQ/VRQ?

  • by Kelly Callow
  • 16 Nov, 2017

How a ULearn Diploma differs from an NVQ/VRQ?

With a vast array of qualifications and options available to you, choosing the right course for yourself can be very confusing.

ULearn Diploma

Ulearn offers Diplomas that are accredited by Professional Beauty who have looked at our courses and our teaching and assessment methods and have deemed our courses are of a high standard and are suitable to be insured. These courses are suitable for anyone wishing to work for themselves at home or as a mobile therapist.

Our Diploma courses are taught at the same level as the relevant NVQ/VRQ. Students can complete their Diploma first and then upgrade to the NVQ/VRQ at a later date.

NVQ/VRQ

Most Salons specify that a Beauty therapist needs a NVQ/VRQ at level 2 (min) to work within a salon environment. NVQ/VRQ qualifications are both nationally and internationally recognised certificates. Both types of qualification are fully recognised for insurance and within the Beauty industry. Both qualification are work related and focus on the practical and employment skills needed for the beauty industry.

VTCT or City & Guilds

Both governing bodies are of equal value in the workplace, however we use VTCT because:

·        They are a major awarding body in the UK, the market leader and provider of specialist qualifications in beauty therapy, massage and holistic therapy and nail services.

·        Specialist in this field since 1962

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by Kelly Callow 15 Dec, 2017

Often abbreviated to AET or EAT, this qualification is accredited by examination and education body Pearson Edexcel and replaced the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualification in 2013.

The purpose of this training is to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills required to effectively teach within the adult learning sector. Attendees can expect to be taught about the role they will be expected to fulfil along with their responsibilities concerning learners.

Additionally, depending upon the level of qualification sought, attendees will learn how to differentiate between learners’ needs in order to deliver bespoke educational plans, develop effective means of assessing learners’ progress and how to utilise inclusive teaching techniques and methods.

The Award in Education and Training does not require attendees to have any prior teaching experience or qualifications meaning it is suitable for anyone considering a career in adult learning. Further, once in receipt of the award, individuals can teach any subject with which they possess experience.

With the jobs market in a seemingly constant state of flux and the skills required of employees frequently changing, the adult education sector is expected to undergo significant growth over the next few years, meaning that the need for qualified teachers and instructors is certain to grow also.

If you’d like to find out more about the Award in Education and Training, either call us or send us a message today .

by Kelly Callow 29 Nov, 2017

There are 3 different names for this course. The original course was called the D34 which was replaced in 2010 by the V1 or Internal Verification qualification (IV).

These have now been replaced by the Internal Quality assurance (IQA) Qualifications.

The IQA course is the most logical progression route for experienced assessors. Although, the role of an Internal Quality Assurer is very different to that of an assessor.

What are the Roles of an IQA?

If you are considering being an Internal Quality Assurer, then you can expect the following responsibilities to be included as part of your job role:

·        Plan, Operate and evaluate internal assessment and quality assurance systems

·        Support and develop tutors and/or assessors

·        Monitor and improve the quality of assessment practice

·        Apply policies, procedures and legislation to meet external/regulatory requirement.

by Kelly Callow 22 Nov, 2017

To become an assessor you will need to be occupationally competent in the sector you are looking to assess within.

The level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) will enable you to assess a learners’ occupational competency and vocational knowledge, skills and understanding within your sector of competency.

So what are A1, D32/33?

Quite simply these are old qualifications. The current Assessor qualifications replaced the A1 award in 2010. Before the A1 the qualification was called the D32/33. These are now in the past and its probably easier if you pretend that you have never heard of them.

What is TAQA?

TAQA actually stands for the Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance so essentially refers to the complete suite of assessor and quality assurance qualifications of which the assessor’s qualification is just one component of.

So if you are looking to become an Assessor then the only qualification you need to be concerned about is the one above.

by Kelly Callow 16 Nov, 2017

With a vast array of qualifications and options available to you, choosing the right course for yourself can be very confusing.

ULearn Diploma

Ulearn offers Diplomas that are accredited by Professional Beauty who have looked at our courses and our teaching and assessment methods and have deemed our courses are of a high standard and are suitable to be insured. These courses are suitable for anyone wishing to work for themselves at home or as a mobile therapist.

Our Diploma courses are taught at the same level as the relevant NVQ/VRQ. Students can complete their Diploma first and then upgrade to the NVQ/VRQ at a later date.

NVQ/VRQ

Most Salons specify that a Beauty therapist needs a NVQ/VRQ at level 2 (min) to work within a salon environment. NVQ/VRQ qualifications are both nationally and internationally recognised certificates. Both types of qualification are fully recognised for insurance and within the Beauty industry. Both qualification are work related and focus on the practical and employment skills needed for the beauty industry.

VTCT or City & Guilds

Both governing bodies are of equal value in the workplace, however we use VTCT because:

·        They are a major awarding body in the UK, the market leader and provider of specialist qualifications in beauty therapy, massage and holistic therapy and nail services.

·        Specialist in this field since 1962

by Kelly Callow 08 May, 2017
Are you interested in a career in the beauty industry but don't know where to start?

This blog will give you an insight in to the difference between our short courses and NVQs.  

´╗┐Mobile therapist

If you are looking for a flexible career that you can fit around life's obstacles, then being a self employed therapist may be the profession for you! Not only can working hours be arranged around your schedule, but you are you own boss- all profit that is made is yours.  In order for you to carry out treatments on paying clients you will require to hold a diploma certificate in each treatment that you offer.  Here at ULearn College we run over 35 short diploma courses ranging from 1 day- 3 days in length. Once you have successfully passed your course you will receive a diploma certificate in that chosen treatment area. This will allow you to gain insurance for the treatments you provide for your client base. 

You can later upgrade any diploma certificate to a NVQ unit through yourself for £175

Salon Spa/Hotel/Cruise Ship Employee

A job in a Salon, Hotel or Cruise ship can be extremely rewarding.  As a therapist you will deal with a wide rage of clients including regulars and drop ins, no day is ever the same when working in a fast moving salon.  To secure yourself a job in a salon, you will need an NVQ level 2 as a minimum (Some salons do request their staff have level 3).  Here at ULearn College we offer our students the chance to study NVQ's in Beauty Therapy, Nail Technology and Massage. We also give all diploma certificate holders that chance to upgrade individual units to NVQ level for a small fee. 

Our NVQ's run on a flexible basis, you as a student decide how quickly (or slowly) you wish to complete the qualification and can also be paid for in up to 4 instalments- giving you the chance to start earning from your treatments as you learn!


Still unsure of what path is best for you?  Call us on 02921 111357 and one of our course advisors will be happy to help!
by Kelly Callow 23 Mar, 2017
Throughout my teenage years I always had a passion for make up. Me and my friends would all get together on weekends and play around with different eyeshadows and lipsticks trying to recreate the latest vogue cover looks- not all were very successful! The older I grew the more I wanted to turn this passion into a career. I started my beauty NVQ when I was 16 years old, I was so excited at the thought of supporting myself in life by doing something that I adored to do! I trained for two years and covered level 2 and 3 in beauty therapy. The first few weeks of my course came as a shock to me. I didn't realise how much information I needed to learn in order to complete each individual beauty treatment. I remember coming how from college one day and saying to my mother "Did you know that we have 27 bones in our hands". I put in the hours and work that were needed in order to complete my NVQ's and it all paid off when I started my job at Mi:skin Beauty.

I love my job! It not only offers me the chance to do spa treatments but it also allows me to carry out the salon treatments, which allows me to create my loyal client base. I never have two days at work the same, I always see different people wanting different treatments and results, I can never imagine my job becoming boring.

I admit that my job isn't all fun. I still have the daily grind off sweeping the floor, cleaning the wax pot and the dreaded stock take- but these things are all important, after all there is nothing worse that having to tell your client you have run out of products!

The best part of my job is making people feel confident about themselves. Seeing clients leave with a huge smile on their faces is amazing. I take pride in my work.

My favourite treatment is makeovers, I especially like wedding make up. Being a brides make up artist is such a big responsibility, the client is trusting you with the biggest day of her life. Seeing the brides face light up when she looks in the mirror makes all the training, cleaning and stock take worth while.

Lauren x                                                                            

by Kelly Callow 01 Dec, 2015
Due to the interest in our Black Friday offer we are bringing you a 'Cyber Monday' deal - 33% off ALL courses, NVQS & bundles! It is available until Thursday 3rd December at 5pm (only 50 places available)
Please click on any of the images below to enquire or call 02921 111357
by Kelly Callow 02 Oct, 2015
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