The Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing is designed for hairdressers already working in the industry, or those who would like to refresh their skills after taking a break. You will improve your knowledge and practical understanding of hairdressing and build on the skills you already have. This course will also develop your communication skills and professionalism.
You need to have a Level 2 qualification in hairdressing and should be working in a salon on an employed or voluntary basis.
Topics covered can include:
You will be assessed on the practical work that you do in the salon as well as through observations, an e-portfolio, online testing, assignments and oral questioning.
You will be supported by an assessor for the duration of the course.
You will need general products and equipment as well as a laptop to access your e-portfolio.
The Level 3 course can be funded by a student loan or the cost will be £1,500 which can be paid in instalments.
You can progress to a management course or assessors award.
You can also advance your career in commercial salons, on cruise liners, in the TV, film, theatre and media industries and in care homes. You could also become self-employed providing home-based or mobile services.
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.