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:
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.
The course content covers a range of mandatory and optional units including:
You will be assessed via written reports, essays, presentations, vocationally based projects, practical assessments and case studies.
You will need a hair kit and uniform: details will be discussed at your interview.
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.
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.