This City & Guilds qualification will provide you with a broad understanding of the hairdressing industry and the skills and knowledge required for a successful career. It also builds your awareness of the range of jobs in the sector, enabling you to make informed decisions about your future direction.
You will also develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
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. 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.
All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths.
You are required to complete a portfolio of evidence. Assessment is through a range of methods, including practical observations, online testing and assignment work. Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
There is a kit and uniform to purchase: full details will be given at your interview.
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.