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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is perfect if you are interested in stepping into a career in the hairdressing industry. It will provide the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical experience in shampooing, conditioning and the art of long hair dressing. As part of your studies, you will be required to complete work experience to develop your skills and behaviours to support your progression to further study.

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).

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

You will continue to study maths and English and develop your skills as part of your study programme.  

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a range of methods including practical observation and assignments.

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 progress to the Intermediate Certificate in Hairdressing or an apprenticeship.
 
Careers

This course is an excellent starting point for a career in the hair and beauty sector.

 

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Brad Owen

Brad Owen

Brad is first pick for pro footballers after barbering apprenticeship

Teenage former Derby College apprentice Brad Knight says "dream big" – as his barber's business kicks-on with professional footballers among its clients.
The business-savvy nineteen-year-old said the teaching in his NVQ Level 2 in Barbering was "brilliant". Together with his shop-based apprentice training it gave him the barbering and business background he needed to start up on his own.
Brad began by cutting his mates' hair at school and applied after his GCSEs when Deakin and White in Ilkeston advertised for an experienced member of staff.
Aged 16, he explained he was not experienced, but he was willing to learn. He was taken on as an apprentice.
He qualified at Deakin and White where he said he felt he needed to "offer something different". Nottingham Forest fan Brad used social media to contact one of the players and offered to do his hair at home. He accepted, word got round on the training ground, and "some of the players started coming in."
Keen to develop, he moved on to a shop in Sandiacre for six months but decided it made sense to open his own business in Ilkeston. Knight & Co was launched on Bath Street last September.
He now cuts the hair of a number of professional footballers – at their homes or in the shop –and was even flown out to Marseille during the under 20s world Cup in France to cut players' hair.
Brad now has two members of staff on the books, including a former Derby College student, and in future he plans to take on an apprentice himself.
He said: "It's quality. I absolutely love it. In the future I'd like to open more shops and maybe go international. Dream big."

I did one day a week at Derby College doing my NVQ Level 2. It was good – my tutor was brilliant and she got us through it really well, no beating about the bush. She just got on with it. The hairstyles I didn't get in the salon, I could get at the college.


There is only so much you can do in the shop as an apprentice, and you need to get your qualifications.
"She showed us how to run a shop, and I got a lot of the business side though my apprenticeship just by being in the shop. I could see how it was running.

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