This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in the hairdressing industry. It allows you to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in this field.
You should want to pursue a career in hairdressing and should be employed - or volunteering on a regular basis - in a salon.
You will be assessed through a range of practical assessment techniques, observations, assignments and online examinations.
You will be supported by an assessor throughout your course.
The cost of the course is £1,200.
You will need hairdressers' scissors and other equipment, as well as a laptop to access your e-portfolio.
You could progress to a Hairdressing Level 3 Diploma, or advance your career in a salon, as a salon owner or as a self-employed hairdresser.
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.