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

Barbering Professional, Apprenticeship

24 Months
Aug 2024
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This hands-on apprenticeship is designed for individuals with a passion for men's grooming and hairstyling and offers a unique opportunity to learn the art of barbering while gaining real-world experience in a professional barbershop setting. As an apprentice, you will work alongside skilled barbers, honing your skills in traditional barbering...

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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

Vocational Technical Diploma Beauty

1 Year
Sep 2024
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This diploma is an exciting programme designed for individuals who have a passion for the art of transformation through hair or makeup. The course offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical training, equipping you with the skills and techniques needed to excel in the fast-paced world of hair and make-up artistry. From glamoro...

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Level 3

Hairdressing, T Level

2 Years
Sep 2024
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The Hairdressing T Level is an innovative programme designed to prepare students for a successful career in hairdressing. As a T Level student, you will embark on a two-year journey that combines classroom-based learning with industry placements, providing you with a well-rounded education and invaluable hands-on experience. Throughout the pro...

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Level 3

Theatrical and Special effects, Diploma

1 Year
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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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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Olivia was named as the Hair and Beauty Student of the Year at Celebration of Success 2023, for going above and beyond in her studies.

Hairdressing, Level 3

Amelia - Beauty Therapy
Level 3 Beauty Therapy Tech Qual has been an amazing, intensive course full of opportunity, I truly believe I can now go on to be the best therapist I can be thanks to Weston College- I aspire to become a Senior Spa Therapist eventually moving my way onto lecturing young people like myself in what I am most passionate about.

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