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Schools 14-16 - Level 2 Technical Award in Hair and Beauty Studies

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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered over two years, in Years 10 and 11, 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 chart changing trends and developments within the hair and beauty sector, finding out how science is used to create products, and understanding why we create images for business use, then this qualification is for you.

In addition you will undertake lots of practical tasks in both hairdressing and beauty therapy, such as:

  • Blow drying
  • Styling and dressing
  • Hand and nail care

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an interest in the hair and beauty industry and have good communication skills. Applicants are required to attend an interview with a member of the Hair and Beauty team.

Course Content

You will study how hair and beauty has developed from ancient times to the present day and will develop your hair styling, make-up and manicure technical skills to produce your own photographic image.

You will also explore the ethics of product testing, the effects of ingredients on hair and skin, and the way disorders of the hair and skin can impact services.

This qualification has three units:

  • Exploring the world of hair and beauty
  • Science of hair and beauty
  • Design in the hair and beauty sector

How will I be assessed?

Practical assessment takes place throughout the programme and there is a number of theory online tests.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to purchase a uniform. This can be discussed at your interview.

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the qualification - and depending on the grades achieved - students may wish to progress to further study, such as:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Barbering, Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3.

Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the hair and beauty industry, including hairdresser, make-up artist, beauty therapist and salon manager.

(This qualification is on the Department of Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Katie Weeds

Katie Weeds

A head start in becoming a salon owner

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.
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