Course Info

FCPS Grade Level and Course Credit information is found at the links to the left. The Virginia Department of Education Curriculum may be found using the links to the right. 

Course Description Level I Course Description

In this introductory course, students study hair, skin, and nails and their related care. Students are grounded in theory as they prepare to practice procedures in a clinical lab setting or classroom, using manikins for manipulative skill practice. The first-year course emphasizes personal safety, professionalism, and sanitation and disinfection of equipment and facilities. Students develop skills in shampooing and conditioning hair, as well as styling and cutting hair. They are introduced to chemical texture services and develop skills in manicure and pedicure procedures.

Level II Course Description

In this advanced course, students build on their theoretical foundation of general sciences and practices in cosmetology to increase proficiency in hair cutting and styling on live models, with attention to professionalism, client consultation, safety, and infection control. Students are trained in safe chemical processes related to permanent waves, relaxers, soft-curl permanent waves, lightening, and coloring hair. They also develop artistic skills with wigs and hair additions. In addition, students learn to care for skin, hands, and feet, developing experience in providing facials, manicures, pedicures, and nail enhancements. A business management unit focuses on managing the salon. Competency completion prepares the student for the Virginia State Licensing Exam.

Class Features

  • Individual Work Stations
  • Manicuring Equipment
  • Facial Chair
  • Full Salon
  • Styling Chair & Mirrors
  • Practice Mannequins
  • Complete Individual Student Kit
  • Thermal Curling Irons
  • Blow Dryers

Professional Certification Opportunities

  • Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills
  • Virginia State Board Licensure

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Shampoo Technician
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Instructor
  • Cosmetic Chemist
  • Manicurist
  • Hair Colorist
  • Salon Owner
  • Hair Stylist
  • Permanent Waving Technician
  • Salon manager

Mentor Firms

  • Hair Cuttery
  • Danaher Inc.
  • Hair Designers
  • PhD
  • Head Quarter Salon
  • Matisse Day Spa
  • Studio 112

Our teacher, Ms Hall, shares information about the Cosmetology Program.

For students' perspectives on the Cosmetology program at Edison Academy, watch these videos.