This qualification allows you to explore the exciting world of hair and beauty and the environment in which its industries operate.
If you enjoy looking back in time to explore changing trends and developments within the hair and beauty sector, want to find out how science is used to create products, and are keen to understand why we create images for business use, then this qualification is for you.
Students are required to attend an interview and taster session.
You will study how hair and beauty have developed from ancient times to the present day and build your hair styling, make-up and manicure technical skills to produce your own photographic image. You will explore the ethics of product testing, the effects of ingredients on hair and skin, and how disorders of the hair and skin can impact services.
This qualification has three units:
There is an externally moderated synoptic assignment.
There is a uniform to purchase. Details will be given at your interview/taster session.
You can progress to an intermediate Hair or Beauty programme or to an apprenticeship.
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.