Hair and Barbering


Are you artistic and looking for a creative outlet? Love to create unique hairstyles? With the right support and training, you could turn your personal passion into a successful career  - you can open the door to a successful career in this fun and fulfilling sector! Skilled and qualified hairdressers and barbers have clear routes into the industry and the ability to upskill and retrain.

On average hairdressers and barbers start on a salary of around £14,000 per year, and with experience and higher qualifications this can go up to £30,000.

Former students have gone on to open their own hair salons and barbers, work on cruise liners, work in the fashion, film and television industry as stylists.

All courses are taught by industry experts in the Hair and Beauty Centre at the Knightstone Campus, where you will get real client experience.

There are two routes to choose from:

  • Full-time - at the Hair and Beauty Centre
  • Apprenticeship – work-based training in the surrounding area with regular sessions at the Hair and Beauty Centre

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We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

Our beauty qualifications have been developed in conjunction with local and national employers, giving you qualifications that employers look for - opening the door to a successful career in this fun and fulfilling sector.

Taught by tutors with impressive industry careers, you will also benefit from our partnerships with: Dennis Williams Hair and Beauty Supplies, Eve Taylor, CKD (College Kits Direct), Florenceroby (The luxury uniform company for beauty, hair and spa) and VTCT.

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Level 1

Pre-technical Diploma Certification - Hair

1 Year
Sep 2024
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This programme is an ideal starting point to embark on a rewarding and creative career in the world of hairdressing. The course serves as a valuable introduction to the industry, and you will cover a wide range of topics related to hair care, styling techniques, colouring, cutting, and salon management. With a strong focus on practical trainin...

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Level 2

Hair Professional, Apprenticeship

24 Months
Aug 2024
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This is a dynamic and hands-on programme designed for individuals who are eager to pursue a career in the hairdressing industry. This apprenticeship offers a unique opportunity to learn and earn simultaneously, combining on-the-job training with classroom instruction. As an apprentice, you will work closely with experienced professionals in a ...

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Level 2

Technical Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing

1 Year
Sep 2024
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On this course, you will learn about cutting ladies hair, colour and lightening, styling and dressing hair, blow-drying and finishing as well as developing your knowledge and understanding of hair and scalp conditions, and health and safety. You will also learn about client care and consultation, shampooing and conditioning, and promoting and ...

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Level 3

Hairdressing, Technical Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
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This qualification builds on existing skills, knowledge and understanding of hairdressing and enables the student to develop an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare them for employment as a senior hairdresser or stylist. The aim of the course is to develop advanced hairdressing skills and knowledge including colour correction and...

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Level 3

Theatrical, Special Effects, Prosthetics and Make-up, Diploma

2 Years
Sep 2024
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If you’re looking to develop your passion and skills in media hair and makeup, this qualification will teach you all you need to help you achieve a career in the industry. This course will encourage you to be creative and inventive and try techniques you’ve never had the chance to before, while discovering what is most effective in differe...

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“Through Weston College’s Career Excellence Hub, we are able to get involved and support students....

Whether that be through delivering masterclass sessions, playing a part in the development of curriculum or offering work experience."   

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All hair and beauty programmes are based in the Hair and Beauty Centre, at the Knightstone Campus.

  • The Hair and Beauty Centre includes five purpose-built, industry standard salons including, hairdressers, barbers, beauty salon, a nail salon and a specialist media make-up facility
  • The Hair and Beauty Centre is open to the public giving you regular, real client experience ensuring you are ready for the industry
  • All the Hair and Beauty Centre lecturers have many years experience working in the sector, so you will be learning from experts with current and relevant knowledge
  • Plus, you will have the opportunity to experiment with different styles and techniques, displaying them at our end-of-year hair and beauty show.


Competition squad selections for 2021 are open!

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Meet your lecturers

Avatar Stuart Donovan Lecturer
“I started my career as a Barber in 1999 and, since then, I’ve had a passion for cutting hair,” Read More
Avatar Jenna Ratcliffe FE Curriculum Co-ordinator
“I feel honoured to be part of young people’s journey from education to industry.” Read More

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Daniel - Hair and Barbering student
The Barbering  Study Programme Was Great And Has Prepared Me Both Practically And Mentally To Go Out Into The Industry And Gain Employment As A Qualified Barber.

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Heather at COS Awards
Throughout her time at the College, Heather encountered numerous challenges but faced each obstacle with a positive mindset and an unwavering resolve to succeed. Heather's journey took a significant turn during her Level 2 work experience at a local salon, where her exceptional client care and professionalism gained praise from employers.

Hairdressing, Level 3


learners at phobia event

<p>Following the <a href="… of last year’s ‘Phobia’ Halloween event</a> collaboration at Puxton Park, Further and Higher Education learners from Weston College and <a href="">University Centre Weston (UCW)</a> have collaborated with the Park to design and apply makeup to the 40 learner actors per night! The event ran from 21st - 28th October 2023, and had many haunted attractions including a Haunted Tractor Ride, Dolls House, Asylum, Freak Show, and The Dark Wood.</p><p>The impeccable hair and makeup were crafted by learners from <a href="… College's Hair and Makeup</a> for Fashion and Media, Hair, Makeup, and Special Effects for Film and Theatre, and students from University Centre Weston on the <a href="… (Hons) Hair, Makeup, and Prosthetics for Production</a>. The transformation of actors into creatures of the night is a testament to the dedication and skill of the makeup artists, adding to the immersive experience that "Phobia" offers.</p><p>The learners from the <a href="… Arts</a> department utilised their impressive acting skills to strike fear into the hearts of those brave enough to enter. Dressed in scary costumes and adorned with hair and makeup that was nothing short of spectacular, these actors made sure that the Phobia Event lived up to its name. Puxton Park's Marketing Manager, Grace Harvey, expressed her excitement about the event:</p><p>"Phobia is an exciting opportunity for all of us here at Puxton Park. Not only has it allowed us to welcome a wider range of visitors, but it also provided us the chance to collaborate with the exceptionally talented teams at Weston College and UCW. We have been impressed by the high level of professionalism and skills these students possess. Their passion and enthusiasm in their respective fields have truly shined, and we were thrilled to see their hard work come to life during the event."</p><p>This is the third year that Puxton Park has worked collaboratively with the College on this event and the students' remarkable talent continues to amaze year after year, taking the makeup designs to a whole new, spine-chilling level.</p><p>In addition to the spine-tingling performances, the Music department from Weston College also played a role in enhancing the overall atmosphere of the event, with student bands keeping visitors entertained.</p><p>Sandra Bull, Assistant Principal – Curriculum, commented “The professionalism and quality of work displayed by each learner working at ‘Phobia’ has been incredible – they have been an absolute asset to Weston College and UCW.</p><p>“I would like to thank Puxton Park for welcoming us back for another year and being so supportive to our learners – we can’t wait for next year!”</p><p>Phobia has been an incredible opportunity for Puxton Park and Weston College to collaborate again, creating an exciting, immersive Halloween experience for visitors from all around the area. This industry event experience forms part of both the Music and Hair &amp; Beauty <a href="">Careers Excellence Hub</a>. The College Group has fourteen sector-specific Career Excellence Hubs, which support both employers and learners in achieving their future goals. By creating a seamless connection between industry and education, we enable learners to acquire not only the essential skills and knowledge but also the professional networks necessary to excel in their chosen fields. This partnership with Puxton has provided these students with a platform to showcase their talent and skills and is a shining example of how businesses and educational institutions can work together to create something extraordinary and mutually beneficial.</p>

Hairdressing learner in demonstration

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{3dc44760-5362-4404-8ea9-12560bc24aed}{49}" paraid="1823456244" xml:lang="EN-GB">Emma, the owner of <a href="… hair salon</a> in Weston-super-Mare, has been a <a href="">Career Excellence Hub Endorser for our Hair and Barbering Department</a> for over a year now. As a solo artist in the world of hairdressing, Emma does it all. She not only styles and transforms hair but also manages the intricate details of her salon's operation. &nbsp;</p>

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{ca7b855d-8707-4051-bcaa-6372295572e4}{88}" paraid="1054092634" xml:lang="EN-GB">Emma recently led a masterclass with hairdressing learners here at the College, in which she taught and demonstrated using effective and safe working methods when perming and neutralising hair, as well as the necessary preparation and aftercare.&nbsp;</p>

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{f809bd92-21a0-43ed-90c3-98bd107f7f5c}{171}" paraid="998916816" xml:lang="EN-GB">We were lucky enough to catch up with her and reflect on her experience with the college so far.&nbsp;</p>

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{3dc44760-5362-4404-8ea9-12560bc24aed}{61}" paraid="2023585427" xml:lang="EN-GB">Working with the college is an opportunity to share her love for hairdressing and ignite the same passion in the next generation of hairstylists. Over the past year, Emma has had the pleasure of hosting numerous students from Weston College for work experience in her salon. These students are often a mixture of excited but nervous, but are gaining the hands-on experience in the industry that will be a huge help in their future careers.&nbsp;</p>

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{3dc44760-5362-4404-8ea9-12560bc24aed}{73}" paraid="897391264" xml:lang="EN-GB">Emma shares that having these students at her salon has been an opportunity to witness the remarkable transformation of their confidence. Their evolution is something Emma is proud to show her clients, who can see first-hand the impact of her mentorship.&nbsp;</p>

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{3dc44760-5362-4404-8ea9-12560bc24aed}{79}" paraid="114929536" xml:lang="EN-GB">The highlight for Emma is watching the incredible growth in these students. Many arrive uncertain, but by the end of their work experience, they have blossomed into more confident individuals. Emma's guidance and expertise create an environment where these training stylists can put into practice what they’re learning at college, and excel in the world of hairdressing.&nbsp;</p>

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{3dc44760-5362-4404-8ea9-12560bc24aed}{85}" paraid="1924076645" xml:lang="EN-GB">Emma's excitement for the future knows no bounds. She eagerly anticipates working even more closely with Weston College, nurturing fresh talent, and helping them find their unique style in the world of hairdressing. With her continued support and the college's education, we can expect to see even more incredible hairstylists emerging from Weston College.&nbsp;</p>

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{3dc44760-5362-4404-8ea9-12560bc24aed}{85}" paraid="1924076645" xml:lang="EN-GB">Unique Hair Salon forms part of the Hair &amp; Barbering&nbsp;<a href="">Careers Excellence Hub</a>. At Weston College our approach goes beyond the traditional classroom setting. Through industry speakers, workshops, employer projects, and more, we equip our learners with the real-world experiences and insights that set them apart in the competitive job market. It's not just about getting a job; it's about standing out from the crowd when they embark on their job searches.</p>

<p lang="EN-GB" paraeid="{3dc44760-5362-4404-8ea9-12560bc24aed}{85}" paraid="1924076645" xml:lang="EN-GB"><a href="… out more about our Hair and Barbering courses, here.</a></p>

Learners outside Unique Hair

<p>The wonderful Level 1 Hairdressing learners were welcomed by Emma, the salon owner of <a href="">Unique Hair</a>, for work experience in an industry standard salon. Unique Hair is an independently run hair salon, local to the college, currently underway to becoming a <a href="">Career Excellence Hub</a> ambassador. This results in the college and the salon working very closely together to ensure the content in the course is of upmost importance to the learners, and even results in work experience opportunities which otherwise would not be offered to L1 learners!</p><p>Emma had six Level 1 learners in total spread over three Mondays, where she opened the salon especially for work experience days. Emma sourced her own clients for the learners to work on, undergoing treatments such as meeting and greeting clients, shampooing, conditioning and applying treatments, as well as blow-drying, curling and setting clients’ hair. This gave the students the chance to use industry-standard equipment, and experience first-hand, what a day working in the salon would be like.</p><p>While Level 1 learners would not usually gain the opportunity to have work experience, Emma was so keen to help out and allow the students to develop employability skills to increase success in their futures in the industry. The students commented, “It was such a great opportunity, and really helpful experience for what working day to day in a salon would be like. Emma was great at explaining everything, and really kind when explaining everything, including the new techniques. We’d absolutely love to go back!”</p><p>The learners’ tutor, Kelly, told us, “It has been amazing to see the development of their skills since this experience!”</p><p>Rachel Harrison, the Workplace Coordinator for Hair, Beauty and Hospitality commented: “The learners absolutely loved their time at the salon, and having the chance to try out new products; the opportunity was invaluable for the learners. Here at Weston College, we focus on finding the learner’s career aspirations first, then assist in how they can reach this. Having a whole day in an industry-standard salon is one of the most beneficial ways to help in reaching their dream jobs; I am so grateful to Emma for her kindness and hospitality towards the learners, and being their mentor for the whole day! I hope we are able to provide this work experience to Level 1 learners in the future!”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="… out more about our Hair and Beauty courses, here!</a></p>

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