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.
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, and must present an example of current work.
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.
The course is 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. Learners could also look at becoming self-employed.
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.