This City & Guilds qualification builds your professional skills in media specialisms. You’ll gain high levels of occupational ability, taking part in work experience in the media industry and developing your independent style through competitions, photo shoots and theatrical work.
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.
Mandatory units are:
There is also a range of optional units. The hair and beauty team will advise you on the most effective route to build your portfolio of skills.
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 will be assessed through a range of methods including practical observation, oral questioning, written tests, assignments and preparing a portfolio of evidence. Maths and English are assessed through a controlled assessment and GCSE involves a final exam.
A kit and uniform is required. Details will be available from the curriculum team during the interviews.
Award-winning former beauty student Ebony Saxton loved her Derby College course so much that she would like to be a beauty lecturer herself one day Ebony, who initially took a VRQ level 2 diploma in Beauty Therapy at the college's Ilkeston campus, successfully completed the advanced programme in Year 2. Described by her tutors as "a vigilant learner who pays great attention to detail", she gained distinctions in all her units, exceeding her targets.And, in recognition of her hard work and dedication she received the Sensi Hairdressing, Holistic & Beauty Therapy Award in the Derby College Peak Awards. It was this same professionalism and motivation while on work experience in a Kimberley beauty salon which led to Ebony getting a job she loves. As a trained therapist with Izabella's Secret, Ebony does massages, facials, manicures and pedicures – with nails her favourite treatment. Ebony, who served in the army cadets while at school, had a great time at college and would like to return at some stage so she can one day lecture in beauty therapy.
I loved college so much that I miss it. I learned such a lot on my course and the lecturers were amazing.
I'm still learning in my job but at some stage I'd like to go back to college and train to be a lecturer.
I got some experience in teaching in the army cadets and really enjoyed it.