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Level: 1

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is designed for learners who are interested in hairdressing or beauty and who wish to progress to working in the industry.  It provides a basic understanding of the skills required.  Practical skills will be developed in the College’s purpose-built Hair and Beauty salon. 

Entry requirements

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:

  • a minimum of five GCSE at grade E/F or above including English and/or maths (Grade 2/3 or above), and Science.

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

Course Content

The following themes are covered:

  • Working in the hairdressing or beauty industry
  • Health and safety
  • Client consultation
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • The art of basic colouring
  • Creating an image based on a theme
  • Promoting products and services
  • Nail art
  • Manicure 
  • Facials

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical assessment observations and assignments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A uniform is required - full details will be given at your interview.

What can I do after this course?

After the course, you can apply for an apprenticeship in Hair or Beauty.

You can also apply for a full-time programme and progress to the next level.


This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

About Ilkeston »

Katie Weeds

Katie Weeds

A head start in becoming a salon owner

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.
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