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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify disorders of the skin and hair 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377483  Identify disorders of the skin and hair 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Beauty and Skin Care 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Personal Care 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
262565  Identify disorders of the skin and hair  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable learners to explain the anatomy of the skin and hair and correctly identify and refer clients with skin and hair disorders for appropriate treatment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Describe the structure and functions of the skin and hair.
  • Describe the symptoms of skin and hair disorders.
  • Explain the causes of skin and hair disorders and their appropriate resolution. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Skin/nail disorders may be contagious or non contagious. Contagious conditions may include:
  • Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections.

    Skin disorders include but are not limited to:
  • Skin lesions.
  • Disorders of the sebaceous glands.
  • Disorders of the sudoriferous glands.
  • Inflammations of the skin.
  • Pigmentations of the skin.
  • Hypertrophies of the skin.
  • Dandruff.
  • Fungal infections.
  • Animal parasitic infections.
  • Bacterial infections.

    Hair disorders include but are not limited to:
  • Canities.
  • Hypertrichosis.
  • Trichoptilosis.
  • Trichorrexis Nodosa.
  • Monilethrix.
  • Fragilitas crinium. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the structure and functions of the skin and hair. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The cross sections of hair and skin are explained in terms of their purpose and composition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The process of skin growth is described in anatomical terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The process of hair growth is described in anatomical terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The functions of the skin and hair are explained in terms of their purpose in the functioning of a healthy body. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the symptoms of skin and hair disorders. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Symptoms of skin disorders include but are not limited to: cuts, abrasions, scarring, blisters, rashes, staining and inflammation.
  • Symptoms of hair disorders include but are not limited to: alopecia, lice, brittle hair, hirsuitism and hypertrichosis. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Common skin disorders that occur on the head are described in accordance with their appearance and common characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Common hair disorders are described in accordance with their appearance and common characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Technical terms for skin and hair disorders are defined and used in recognising the disorder. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the causes of skin and hair disorders and their appropriate resolution. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The causes of skin and hair disorders include but are not limited to:
  • Physical trauma.
  • Chemical trauma.
  • Parasites.
  • Bacteria.
  • Fungi.
  • Viral organisms. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The causes of hair disorders are defined in accordance with hairdressing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The causes of skin disorders are defined in accordance with hair and beauty requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The possibilities of contagion from skin and hair disorders are explained according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate responses to skin and hair disorders are identified to comply with industry standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Refer clients for appropriate treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Disorders requiring medical or specialist treatment are identified according to general hairdressing practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Suitable practitioners are identified from a list of available practitioners in the area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The client is informed of the disorder and referred for treatment in a caring and non offensive manner. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA in accordance with the current ETQA regulations.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Other ETQAs who have a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Precautions to follow when inspecting the area to be treated.
  • Infection control procedures when inspecting the area to be treated. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in the diagnosis of disorders of the skin and hair. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others in order to correctly refer clients for treatment of skin or hair disorders. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively so that correct client diagnoses are made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information in order to produce a correct diagnosis of skin and hair disorders and recommend appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively with the client to explain skin and hair disorders and recommend appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically in order to explain the anatomy of the skin and hair. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by linking the hair care industry to professional treatment for disorders and diseases. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 262565, "Identify disorders of the skin and hair", Level 3, 8 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  80646   Further Education and Training Certificate: Beauty and Nail Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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