Hairdressing and barbering

From working as a hair salon reception assistant, to a role as an artistic director or trichologist expert, our career pathway map shows job role options for a career in hair and barbering.

Choose a career pathway in hairdressing and barbering

This exciting, creative career pathway, could be for you if you want to help transform how customers look - and even how they feel about themselves.  Careers available in hair and barbering include:

  • Self-employed stylist
  • Salon owner
  • Specialist in barbering, colouring or African hair styling

We will help build your confidence and employability through 30-60 hours of work experience a year, including at our on campus salons, run in partnership with Wella. You will also get the opportunity to visit other salons, attend masterclasses with industry speakers and trade exhibitions, and take part in specialist industry competitions. 

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

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What could my future job look like? 

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • Hair stylist: cut clients' hair, developing your knowledge of the latest trends and colouring techniques.
  • Colour technician: learn specialist techniques to apply and develop colouring treatments to clients' hair.
  • Salon manager: run a salon offering a number of hair and beauty treatments, ensuring it remains profitable and that it provides excellent customer service.
  • Wig maker: learn specialist skills to create wigs and hair pieces for clients affected by hair loss.
  • Trichologist: specialise in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting hair and scalp.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

Industry partnerships

Our salons are run in partnership with Wella, a major hair care and styling company. We also work closely with Dermalogica, a well respected care products company.

We have partnered with a number of local hair salons, so you will benefit from masterclasses and guest industry speakers in a range of topics.