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.
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.