This course equips you with specialist techniques designed to enhance your development as a qualified barber.
You will have an interview and initial assessment in maths and English and you will need to attend a skills test. If you are a mature student, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
You will learn practical skills supported by the completion of online assessments. All practical skills will be observed and assessed regularly throughout the academic year. Your progress is carefully monitored and your tutor and lecturers will help you to stay on track for success. Creation of a portfolio of work is mandatory, including photos of your work.
There is a kit and uniform to purchase: details will be given at your interview.
There is a Level 4 management course which you could consider.
You can continue developing your career as a barber in a salon or on a self-employed basis.
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.