You will take your skills and knowledge to an advanced level on this rewarding course which leads to a nationally recognised qualification from City & Guilds. There are optional units to suit your individual needs and interests as you prepare for more senior hairdressing roles.
You need to have successfully completed a Level 2 Hairdressing qualification as well as Functional Skills up to Level 2 or GCSE Maths and English at grade C and above.
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.
You will be assessed by a range of methods including practical observation, online tests, assignments and preparing a portfolio of evidence. Assessments are on-going throughout the year.
There is a kit and uniform to purchase. Full details will be given at your interview.
The teaching staff will advise you on the wide range of opportunities available. These include progression to the Level 4 programme. If taking your knowledge further on a College course, you will continue to develop your skills in maths and English.
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.