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:
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.
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:
Practical assessment takes place throughout the programme and there is a number of theory online tests.
You will need to purchase a uniform. This can be discussed at your interview.
Upon completion of the qualification - and depending on the grades achieved - students may wish to progress to further study, such as:
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).
Former Derby College hairdressing student Keri Tiochta didn't always want to be a hairdresser – she wanted to be a psychologist. And, as someone who enjoys talking to clients, she says the therapy aspect of her role makes the two jobs not that dissimilar.
Keri, who is from Spondon, completed levels 2 and 3 of her hair course in July 2016 and now works at Hair Angels in Oakwood – the salon where she did her work experience. Now 29 and mum to two girls – who have the "best hair in their school", Keri enjoys passing on her skills and helping to train other Derby College students who come to the salon on work experience. She loves the salon's atmosphere, the flexible working hours and the positive difference her skills make to her clients.
Keri said: "I love colouring the most. It can change how clients feel about themselves, especially when they have gone grey early. It's great to see how happy people are after a colour."
I didn’t actually need to do it (as my course was part-time so I could look after the children) but I found I needed to get in more hours of practical training. I loved the “realness” of my work experience.
I qualified in July 2016 and I’m so grateful for the experience I got while at Derby College. I’ve now got my dream job working as a self-employed hairdresser at Hair Angels.