This course is ideal if you’d like to perfect your hairdressing skills to work effectively as a senior stylist. You will learn advanced hair cutting, styling and colouring techniques, including promotional activities.
Working with our highly motivated staff in fantastic facilities and using the latest products, you will develop your communication and customer service skills to support your success in a vibrant industry.
As part of your studies, you will be required to complete work experience to further develop your skills and behaviours to meet industry standards.
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 maths and English and will attend a skills test. You will also be required to present a current portfolio of work at your interview. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.
You will be assessed through a range of methods including practical observation, oral questioning, written tests, assignments and preparing a portfolio of evidence.
Maths and English are assessed through a controlled assessment and a GCSE involves a final exam.
A kit and uniform are required for the programme. Details will be made available during your interview.
The teaching staff will advise you on the wide range of opportunities available. These include progression to a Level 4 programme where you can continue to develop your skills in maths and English.
You can progress your career in salons, in technician roles or in self-employment.
Former hair apprentice Katie Weeds opened her own salon within a year of qualifying via Derby College – at the age of just 19.
Now running the Katie Weeds 1853 Hair Design Studio in Belper, she had set her heart on launching a hairdressing business ever since taking a Saturday job in a salon. After leaving school, she started an apprenticeship with a local hairdresser and completed her NVQs in October 2014.
She praises the College’s training facilities and the supportive, encouraging staff. She also enjoyed interesting assignments such as creating styles for a 1960s avant-garde photo shoot.
Given her business success so far, Katie’s long-term plan is to open more salons and then franchise the Katie Weeds name.
Taking an apprenticeship gave me the hands-on training I needed to be able to qualify as a hair stylist and open my own salon. What I love most about my job is making people feel better about themselves.