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Hair and Barbering

STUDYING HAIR AND BARBERING AT WESTON COLLEGE 

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

Job roles in the West of England currently include:

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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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Unique unisex hairdressers

 

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Level 0

Advanced and Creative Hair Professional, Apprenticeship

Throughout the year
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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This apprenticeship will allow you to become an advanced practitioner in ladies’ hair services. It is an exciting and dynamic course allowing you to specialise in your chosen field. You will be required to be employed as an apprentice for a minimum of 30 hours per week, attend our Knightstone Campus once per week plus have an enthusiasm and...

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Level 1

Hair, VRQ Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2023
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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This course provides the ideal introduction to the industry of Hairdressing, teaching you the basic skills, and getting you prepared for the progression onto Level 2. You will also consider future career roles you may wish to pursue, and the confidence that you can achieve those goals. Studying this course means that you will also be part of ...

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Level 2

Hair Professional: Barbering, Apprenticeship

2 Years
Throughout the year
DELIVERED IN THE WORKPLACE
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If you’re interested in barbering, this course will teach you all you need to know, while working alongside trained professionals who will show you the day-to-day fun and challenges of the industry. The apprenticeship will be very valuable in standing out to future employers, as you would have already experienced 2 years of the industry. As...

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Level 2

Hair Professional: Hairdressing, Apprenticeship

2 Years
Throughout the year
DELIVERED IN THE WORKPLACE
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This apprenticeship will enable you to learn practical skills on the job as well as developing your theoretical skills in Weston College’s commercial salons. You will earn a wage and gain valuable work experience while also getting the benefits of being a student. You will learn the theory and skills you will need to gain employment in the ...

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Level 2

Service Sectors – Hair & Beauty Traineeship

1 Year
Aug 2023
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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This vocational Traineeship will create and develop skills in Hair and Beauty, so if you’re looking to begin in the industry, but don’t know where to start, this is the course for you! You will be encouraged to be creative and innovative, while also working on customer service skills. As a Weston College student you will become part of ou...

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Level 2

Women’s Hairdressing Technical Progression Programme

1 Year
Sep 2023
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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If you are looking into beginning a career in women’s hairdressing, this course is the perfect way to start, being taught by our industry professionals. On this programme you will gain a basic level of training in hairdressing, covering all the practical skills of a salon such as cutting, colouring, and styling. Your personal skills and con...

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Level 3

Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up studies, Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2023
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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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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Level 3

Hairdressing , T Level

2 Years
Sep 2023
KNIGHTSTONE CAMPUS
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This vocational course will assist you in further developing your skills to professional standard in women’s hairdressing, and getting you career ready by providing you with placements in work contexts. This will help you gain confidence in dealing with all hair types and developing your customer service. As a Weston College student you wi...

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THE FACILITIES

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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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

Olivia
When completing school Olivia had a strong aspiration for hairdressing and made the big decision at 19 years of age to move on her own to Weston-super-Mare, 100 miles away from home to attend Weston College.
Studied:

Hairdressing, Level 3

Sophie
Sophie
The hairdressing facilities at the college are first-class, and the staff are so encouraging.
Studied:

Women's Hairdressing, Technical Diploma

MEET THE TEAM

Nicola
Nicola
Advice I would give to learners would be to never stop learning! Use your passion for hair to aspire to be the best version of yourself. Use your tutors experience and knowledge to help guide you into the best direction.
Hairdressing and Barbering Lecturer
Sandra
Sandra
What inspires me the most about being in education is the learners' journey. Every journey is individual to them and it's a privilege to be part of that.
Dean of Study- Service Sectors Industries, Counselling and Mental health, Education and Digital
Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie
I could not imagine working anywhere other than the Hair and Beauty department at the College! I love passing my skills and knowledge onto the next generations of Hairstylists and Barbers.
Hairdressing and Barbering Lecturer

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