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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is designed to meet the needs of learners who want to work in the hairdressing sector. You will learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and career progression. The course leads to a City & Guilds qualification, recognised by employers worldwide. 

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 GCSE at grade E/F or above including English and/or maths (Grade 2/3 or above), and Science.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.  All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths. 

Course Content

Mandatory units are:
  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon
You will also study some of the following additional units:
  • Shampooing and Conditioning Hair
  • Colour in the Hair and Beauty Sector
  • Styling Women’s Hair
  • Styling Men’s Hair
  • Plaiting and Twisting Hair
  • Colouring Hair using Temporary Colour
  • Creating a Hair and Beauty Image
  • Following Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Working with Others
  • Reception Duties
  • The Art of Dressing Hair

How will I be assessed?

You will complete one assignment for each mandatory unit and one assignment for each chosen optional unit, along with practical observations/assessments. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is a kit and uniform to purchase: full details will be given at your interview.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You can take your skills to the next level on courses such as the NVQ Levels 1 and 2 in Hairdressing.

Careers
You can begin to pursue a career in junior roles in the hair and beauty sector.

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

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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