CEH hair and beauty

The Hair and Beauty industry allows you to express your creativity, and support customers to look and feel great.

We have decided to launch brand new Career Excellence Hubs, which gives a greater focus on preparing our learners for industry and we would be delighted to welcome you along to our new Hair and Beauty Career Excellence Hub.

Whether it’s liaising with businesses in the industry to make sure we’re teaching you relevant and up-to-date skills, creating the best facilities and digital platforms in the region for you to study in, or selecting the top teachers with current industry experience – our Hair and Beauty Career Excellence Hub is focused on providing you with the right learning environment to help you reach your potential.

We are about preparing you for a career - what we offer is far more than just a course. Weston College is a diverse and inclusive learning environment, and we reward our students when they go above and beyond their abilities and expectations.

This guide will introduce you to our Hair and Beauty Career Excellence Hub.

The hair and beauty industry generated over £8 billion in turnover for the UK economy

There are over 43,000 hair and beauty businesses in the UK

Around 250,000 people work in the hair and beauty industry

60% of people working in hairdressing are self employed


As a Weston College student you will become part of our exciting new Career Excellence Hub in Hair and Beauty.

This means you will take part in a study programme with lots of career boosting benefits, all with the aim of giving you the opportunity to become career ready!

Our mission statement is ‘creating brighter futures’ and we passionately believe in helping you reach your ultimate goal, focussing on your future employability and developing the skills you need to have a successful career.

So, whether you’re a school leaver or looking to study a full-time programme, our Career Excellence Hubs will help you stand out from the crowd and get ahead!

"As a business and from a personal perspective, I believe it’s vitally important to support education, training and the development of all students at Weston College"

Hannah Hoskin-Love
The Beauty Spot

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Career Ideas

Our business courses lead to an exciting and varied industry, and you might not know exactly which route you’d like to take yet… Here are a few different career options for you, with one of them potentially becoming your future career.

Hairdressers and Barbers Beauticians and Related Occupations Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors


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You’ll get to study in state-of-the-art learning spaces at Knightstone Campus, using the latest industry standard equipment, with concepts and ideas delivered by lecturers who have a wealth of industry experience.

We will equip you with 21st Century employability skills to progress you onto your next career destination. This will include, working on ‘real world learning’ using employer briefs and real-life case studies and scenarios to encourage up to the minute workplace problem solving.

Upskilled with the latest digital tools and technologies as a Microsoft Showcase College.

In a rapidly changing world of work, your identity, professional networks, and digital capability will increasingly influence your future career opportunities. We’ll prepare you to stand out by showcasing your work and achievements.

If competitions are in your sights, you will also have the option to compete against the best in the UK through our links with WorldSkills UK.

You will be supported with outstanding wrap-around pastoral support via our Wellbeing@Weston model which provides all learners with access to highly qualified teams of welfare and mental health practitioners and resources all designed to support you achieve your career goals.

Inspired with personalised 1:1 Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance, helping you look at all the options available to you for progression to the next step on your career journey.

Regardless of what your career goal is or whether you simply need to know what your options are - our team of highly trained careers advisors (Level 6 and above) offer relaxed, impartial advice to get you where you want to be helping you figure out the best route to achieve your dream career.

Empowered to learn more about your own mental health and wellbeing as part of your journey with us. Our ethos of Body and Mind will help you learn to develop coping strategies, build resilience, and access the proven benefits of exercise for wellness.

As well as all of the above benefits of being part of one of our Career Excellence Hubs, Weston College also offers you a fun, social experience designed for you to meet likeminded people, as well as being the only OUTSTANDING COLLEGE IN THE REGION!


Through our Career Excellence Hubs you will develop skills for life, which will help you gain employment once you have completed your study programme. We will help you to gain both hard skills, and soft skills, which employers have highlighted as keys skills in this sector, but what exactly are they?

Hard skills are the measurable ones that you list on your CV, and that you may hold certification in. Whereas soft skills are interpersonal, and help you to develop your character, which will benefit you in building relationships with co-workers and customers

Alongside input from our Career Excellence Hub employer partners and advisory boards, we as a college have invested in powerful Labour Market Intelligence tools to further guarantee that our curriculum meets employer need. Not only do we use all this information to inform our curriculum design, but it is also used to inform our skills and individual development programme called ID that’s purpose is to accelerate your progress towards your career goal and next steps by equipping you with the complete package of knowledge, experiences and skills.

We have built them into your study programme, meaning you will learn and develop these skills with us:

Hard Skills

  • Qualifications recognised globally
  • Safeguarding and Health and Safety Skills
  • Observation Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Reflective Practise

Soft Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Resilience
  • Adaptability

English and maths are also a very important part of Hair & Beauty, here are some of the key skills they provide:


  • Speaking, listening and communication skills
  • Advertising and promotional materials
  • Interpreting and following instructions accurately
  • Adapting language choices to suit individuals
  • Read and interpret Health and Safety policies and procedures
  • Interpret images


  • Estimating percentage greyness of a person’s hair
  • Mixing Hair dyes. Ratio of different types of chemicals.
  • Measuring volumes- ml, cl, L• Calculating a bill. Customers don’t like to be overcharged!
  • Using appointment books. Do you have time to fit in another customer?
  • Pulling and Cutting angles. 90 degrees 45 degrees.
  • Estimating and measuring weights.
  • Calculating costs of equipment/labour etc.
  • Wages/ Taxes/ Profit


Once you’ve completed your course, there are several options for you to further develop your skills and knowledge...

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If you completed a Level 1, or Level 2 course, you can continue to progress to the next level course. Click here to go back to our course page, and discover the relevant course route, for you.

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An apprenticeship is a fantastic way of entering the engineering industry. Not only will you get the opportunity to get your foot in the door with a local or national company, you will also be able to earn while you learn.

Through apprenticeships you will work closely with an experienced engineer to develop and practice your skills, all whist receiving the benefits that being a student brings. See available beauty apprenticeships here or available hair apprenticeships here

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We have several degree options on offer at UCW, which will allow you to further develop your knowledge. UCW is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, meaning the teaching, learning and opportunities we provide are of the highest quality in Britain.

We offer a Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production degree, which could lead you on to a career in film, television or photoshoots. You can find the full UCW course list, here.

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Our workplace champions the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black employees’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance. We celebrate Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps. In this workplace, we recognise and celebrate our colleagues’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on an employee's ability to succeed.