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Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You will take your skills and knowledge to an advanced level on this rewarding course which leads to a vocationally related qualification from City & Guilds. There are optional units to suit your individual needs and interests as you prepare for more senior hairdressing roles.  

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 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and/or Maths (grade 4 or above) and Science
  • an Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard

You will have an interview and initial assessment in maths and English and attend a skills test. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.  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. 

Course Content

You will study:
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety practice in the salon
  • Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
  • Cutting women’s hair in various styles
  • Styling and dressing hair using a variety of techniques
  • Colouring hair
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Colour correction
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. 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a range of methods including practical observation, online tests, assignments and preparing a portfolio of evidence. Assessments are ongoing throughout the year and practical assessments are carried out on some paying clients.

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is a kit and uniform to purchase: details will be given at your interview.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
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.

Careers
You can progress your career in salons, in technician roles or in self-employment.

 

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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