This is a professional apprenticeship standard and qualification awarded by City & Guilds for learners working in a commercial salon.
You will gain a broad understanding of the hairdressing industry together with essential skills and knowledge, including transferable skills in areas like communication and customer care - which are increasingly important to employers.
To support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills, you will also develop your 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.
The qualification is assessed as learners progress through their apprenticeship programme. The final part of the qualification is the end-point assessment.
Apart from the end-point assessment, all assessment will be carried out by the training provider/centre as specified by the awarding organisations. The end-point assessment is carried out by an independent apprenticeship examiner at the end of the apprenticeship, similar to a trade test.
Apprenticeships will be graded at Pass or Distinction level depending on the learner's performance in the end-point assessment.
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Derby College hairdressing student Kirstie Peel used to be quite shy but since gaining work experience with Hair Angels her confidence has really grown.
Kirstie, who is 17 and from Chaddesden, is about to start her level 3 course at the Roundhouse but works at the Oakwood hair salon on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Since she started coming to the salon in January, Kirstie has attended the Poppies Tea Dance, helping Hair Angels to raise money for their Royal British Legion, and been to a hair show in Nottingham. She has also supported Holly Clarke, the co-owner of Hair Angels, in delivering a shampoo masterclass at Derby College.
As vice chair of the College's Hair and Beauty Employment and Skills Academy Board, Holly has helped many students like Kirstie to come out of their shell and feel more comfortable talking to clients.
Holly and her business partner, Heather Edwards, have provided work experience to many College students in recent years, including six learners in the past 12 months.
Kirstie, who likes colouring best, is now focusing on her level 3 and improving her skills.
Before I started my work experience through Derby College I wasn't that confident and was shy about speaking to clients.
I'm much more confident now than I was in my first year and everyone at Hair Angels has been so supportive and friendly. I'm finding it easier every day. I've really come out of myself.