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Schools 14-16 - City and Guilds Technical Award in Hair and Beauty

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Level: 2

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification allows you to explore the exciting world of hair and beauty and the environment in which its industries operate.   

If you enjoy looking back in time to explore changing trends and developments within the hair and beauty sector, want to find out how science is used to create products, and are keen to understand why we create images for business use, then this qualification is for you. 

Entry requirements

Students are required to attend an interview and taster session.

Course Content

You will study how hair and beauty have developed from ancient times to the present day and build your hair styling, make-up and manicure technical skills to produce your own photographic image. You will explore the ethics of product testing, the effects of ingredients on hair and skin, and how disorders of the hair and skin can impact services.  

This qualification has three units:

  • Exploring the world of hair and beauty
  • Science of hair and beauty 
  • Design in the hair and beauty sector

How will I be assessed?

There is an externally moderated synoptic assignment.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is a uniform to purchase. Details will be given at your interview/taster session.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to an intermediate Hair or Beauty programme or to an apprenticeship.

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This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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Kirstie Peel

Kirstie Peel

Hair Angels helps learner Kirstie to grow in confidence

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.

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