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 Eleesha Hoult is enjoying passing on her skills and experience to the College's current crop of young stylists.
Eleesha, who is from Chaddesden and studied at the former Mackworth site, is now in her eighth year as a self-employed hairdresser with Hair Angels in Oakwood, Derby. She is one of many students who has gained valuable work experience with the salon over the past few years and loves everything about her job.
Now aged 29, Eleesha said: "I always wanted to be a stylist and enrolled at Derby College as soon as I left school.
I started working at Hair Angels when it was Coopers in 2009 and I'm very happy in my job.
I love the people – my clients and the girls I work with."
I also like helping train the work experience people we get from Derby College. I was fortunate enough to get this opportunity and I can relate to many of them.
It's an absolute pleasure to pass on my experience and skills and I'm looking forward to working with the new students in September.
Working with them also helps us. Our industry is always changing and introducing new ideas so seeing what the young students are learning now helps to keep us fresh.