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Level: 1

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is designed for students who are interested in hairdressing or beauty and who wish to progress to working in the industry.  It provides a basic understanding of the skills required.  Practical skills will be developed in the College’s purpose-built Hair and Beauty salon. 

Entry requirements

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:

  • a minimum of five GCSEs at grade E/F or above including English and/or Maths (grade 2/3 or above) and Science.

You will have an interview and initial assessment in maths and English and attend a taster session. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.  If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.


Course Content

The following themes are covered:

  • Working in the hairdressing or beauty industry
  • Health and safety
  • Client consultation
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • The art of basic colouring
  • Creating an image based on a theme
  • Promoting products and services
  • Nail art
  • Manicure 
  • Facials

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical assessment observations and assignments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A uniform is required - full details will be given at your interview.

What can I do after this course?

After the course, you can apply for an apprenticeship in Hair or Beauty.

You can also apply for a full-time programme and progress to the next level.

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This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

About Ilkeston »

Katie Weeds

Katie Weeds

A head start in becoming a salon owner

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.
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