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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 14.80

Start: 11/09/2017

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 3345.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 5421.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This exciting new course is designed for people who are qualified at Level 3 in Hairdressing. It is a vocationally related qualification which will enable you to develop the comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills expected of an advanced stylist.


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 C or above including English and/or Maths (grade 4 or above) and Science.
  • an Advanced Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard.

You will have an interview and initial assessment in maths and English, attend a skills test and present a current portfolio of work. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study. If you are a mature student, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. 

Course Content

The course content covers a range of mandatory and optional units including:

  • Salon management
  • Human resources
  • Sales management
  • Quality management of client care
  • Health, safety and security in the salon
  • Chemistry of hair and beauty products
  • Manage the creation of a hairstyle collection
  • Hair and scalp specialist services
  • Studio photography
  • Colour correction services

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via written reports, essays, presentations, vocationally based projects, practical assessments and case studies.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need a hair kit and uniform: details will be discussed at your interview.

What can I do after this course?

Further study

This course is ideal for individuals who want to progress to higher education or management within the sector, with courses such as the Foundation Degree in Spa Management and/or Teacher Education qualifications.


There is a wide variety of jobs for qualified hairdressers, including salon work both in the UK and abroad. Hairdressers also work in hotels, on cruise liners, in hospitals and health clubs.

With further experience, they can become salon owners or follow careers in hair design for photography and fashion, teaching and training, and working for manufacturers of hairdressing products as technical advisors. Students could also look at becoming self-employed.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Kirstie Peel

Kirstie Peel

Hair Angels helps learner Kirstie to grow in confidence

Derby College hairdressing student Kirstie Peel used to be quite shy but since gaining work experience with Hair Angels her confidence has really grown.
Kirstie, who is 17 and from Chaddesden, is about to start her level 3 course at the Roundhouse but works at the Oakwood hair salon on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Since she started coming to the salon in January, Kirstie has attended the Poppies Tea Dance, helping Hair Angels to raise money for their Royal British Legion, and been to a hair show in Nottingham. She has also supported Holly Clarke, the co-owner of Hair Angels, in delivering a shampoo masterclass at Derby College.
As vice chair of the College's Hair and Beauty Employment and Skills Academy Board, Holly has helped many students like Kirstie to come out of their shell and feel more comfortable talking to clients.
Holly and her business partner, Heather Edwards, have provided work experience to many College students in recent years, including six learners in the past 12 months.
Kirstie, who likes colouring best, is now focusing on her level 3 and improving her skills.

Before I started my work experience through Derby College I wasn't that confident and was shy about speaking to clients.

I'm much more confident now than I was in my first year and everyone at Hair Angels has been so supportive and friendly. I'm finding it easier every day. I've really come out of myself.

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