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A career in hairdressing could be right for you if you have creativity, flair, an eye for detail and a passion for excellent customer service.

About our hairdressing programmes

Our training hair salons are run in partnership with Wella; offering access to the latest products and training for all students.

In addition to gaining valuable work experience both within and outside of our on-site traning salons, you will learn a range of key skills and techniques required in hairdressing, including health and safety, advising and communicating with clients, and stock control and management.

You will also visit other local salons, attend masterclasses, visit trade exhibitions, and take part in competitions to boost your skills, knowledge and creativity.

We will help you develop the skills you need to work in the the hairdressing industry, including:

  • communication
  • problem solving
  • professional standards
  • client consultation
  • time management
  • customer care
  • creativity

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.


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.

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.

The hairdressing industry

Want to make people look and feel amazing by advising, cutting and styling their hair? The hair industry could be perfect for you.

There are forecast to be over 100,000 people employed in hairdressing occupations in England by 2021.

Career opportunities are varied: you could become a self-employed stylist or salon owner, or develop your technical skills in specialist areas such as colouring, extensions, African hair styling, wedding hair styling, and many more.

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Industry partnerships

Our salons are run in partnership with Wella, a major hair care and styling company. We also work closely with Affinage Professional.

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.