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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who want to work in the hairdressing sector. You will learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and career progression. The course leads to a City & Guilds qualification, recognised by employers worldwide. 

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 will 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

Mandatory units are:
  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon
You will also study some of the following additional units:
  • Shampooing and Conditioning Hair
  • Colour in the Hair and Beauty Sector
  • Styling Women’s Hair
  • Styling Men’s Hair
  • Plaiting and Twisting Hair
  • Colouring Hair using Temporary Colour
  • Creating a Hair and Beauty Image
  • Following Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Working with Others
  • Reception Duties
  • The Art of Dressing Hair

 

How will I be assessed?

You will complete one assignment for each mandatory unit and one assignment for each chosen optional unit, along with practical observations/assessments. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is a kit and uniform to purchase: full details will be given at your interview.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You can take your skills to the next level on courses such as the NVQ Levels 1 and 2 in Hairdressing.

Careers
You can begin to pursue a career in junior roles in the hair and beauty sector.

 

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Eleesha Hoult

Eleesha Hoult

Former hairdressing student Eleesha passes on skills to new learners

Former Derby College hairdressing student Eleesha Hoult is enjoying passing on her skills and experience to the College's current crop of young stylists.
Eleesha, who is from Chaddesden and studied at the former Mackworth site, is now in her eighth year as a self-employed hairdresser with Hair Angels in Oakwood, Derby. She is one of many students who has gained valuable work experience with the salon over the past few years and loves everything about her job.
Now aged 29, Eleesha said: "I always wanted to be a stylist and enrolled at Derby College as soon as I left school.
I started working at Hair Angels when it was Coopers in 2009 and I'm very happy in my job.
I love the people – my clients and the girls I work with."

I also like helping train the work experience people we get from Derby College. I was fortunate enough to get this opportunity and I can relate to many of them.

It's an absolute pleasure to pass on my experience and skills and I'm looking forward to working with the new students in September.


Working with them also helps us. Our industry is always changing and introducing new ideas so seeing what the young students are learning now helps to keep us fresh.


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