Skills Centre

The Skills Centre is part of the Danesgate Community and offers a range of vocational courses for students who would like to gain experience and qualifications in Land Based Construction, Hair and Beauty and Catering through NCFE exam board.

The Skills Centre is accessed by some mainstream and special school students who are sent on courses financed by their school.

Land-Based Construction

The course provides a good grounding in a range of practical skills as well as exploring the craft elements of design and materials. The correct use of tools, health and safety, prepare and plan drawings as well as site preparation will be key elements of this course. The learner will go on to develop their knowledge and skills within construction, using building techniques to produce a final constructed product. There is a focus on sustainability of materials and creating products through recycling and upcycling.


Salon Crafts / Hair and Beauty

Within the Danesgate skills centre there is a full stocked hair salon. The salon also incorporates nail stations and professional make-up artist chairs. This training salon provides the environment to learn and practice skills from both vocational sectors. The qualification offered is a combination of underpinning knowledge/theory of both industries and learning and perfecting practical skills. The qualification has three tiers, Award, Certificate and Diploma Level. The level of qualification is selected to suit individual needs.

  • Introduction to the Hair and Beauty sector
  • DSC_0312-crop-resizePresenting a professional image in a salon
  • Health and Safety in the salon
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair
  • Styling Women’s hair
  • Styling Men’s hair
  • Reception duties
  • Skin care
  • Handcare
  • Applying make-up and nail art
  • Themed face painting


A fully fitted realistic working kitchen is on offer for students studying this subject area.  This course involves developing a range of core craft skills and knowledge required to prepare and cook national and international cuisine. To gain a broad range of industry best practices that will underpin theory. Cuisine project development; working with all aspects of research, planning and producing selected recipes. This course will help inspire students interested in exploring a career with in the hospitality and catering industry.