Building on their existing knowledge, students will extend their skills and experience by developing various cutting, colouring and styling techniques, improving their creative flair and providing consultation services.
Leading to a recognised City & Guilds qualification, this course also equips them to make greater contributions to the running of a commercial salon.
In order to support their main programme of study, future progression and life skills, students will also develop their skills in maths and English.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:
You will have an interview and initial assessment in English and maths. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.
You will be assessed by a range of methods including practical observation, oral questioning, written tests, assignments and preparing a portfolio of evidence. Assessments are on-going throughout the year. Practical assessments are undertaken in the workplace. Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
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Our teaching staff will be happy to discuss progression opportunities with you and there is a relevant Level 4 qualification. If you progress to further study, you will continue to develop your skills in maths and English.
You can also go on to employment in more senior roles in salons or in technician roles.
Barber Aaron Ledster says Derby College puts students in real-life work place situations to get them familiar with the challenges of the future.
He said his NVQ Level 2 in Barbering provided experience of a professional salon as a stepping stone into the workplace.
Aaron said students were asked to come to the salon on a Saturday – to get used to the hours – where they trained, while paying customers had their hair professionally cut.
Within a week of starting his course he said students were "thrown in at the deep end" and asked to bring in customers.
The 23-year-old, who now works at Knight and Co in Ilkeston, said he enjoyed barbering in his Year 10 work experience at school. But rather than immediately following that career, he said he was persuaded to go to college to do 'A' levels.
He decided to drop out after a year – "I'd just had enough" – and went to Derby College instead to take his NVQ. He said the lecturers asked individuals exactly what they were hoping to achieve so they could tailor their studies to suit them.
After college, Aaron moved from a salon in Heanor to another in Ilkeston, where he worked with a Brad Knight, a friend from his school days, who had himself trained as an apprentice barber at Derby College.
When Brad set up his own business, Knight and Co in Ilkeston, Aaron moved in September last year to work with him. Aaron said his key aims are to enjoy his job and to build a strong personal customer base.
Downstairs there was a fully functioning salon where people would come in and pay. We had to come into college on a Saturday, just to get us used to doing that, and we'd go downstairs. We'd be training on our dolls' heads, or washing each other's hair, or practising on each other's hair, while there were clients having their hair cut. "You learnt a lot of customer skills and got used to being in a salon in a professional environment. It helps you when you get into the workplace because you've got that experience.