Choose Activate Learning and we will help you develop the skills, knowledge, resilience and confidence to succeed in your chosen career pathway.
Ready to kickstart or advance your career? Expand your learning horizons at our welcoming campuses - with dedicated learning spaces, industry standard facilities and experienced teachers to support you all the way.
Join us on a learning journey that will transform your career - and your future.
Discover how far you can go with our support.
Activate Learning is based at City of Oxford College.
Tel: 0800 612 6008
Develop the technical skills you need to thrive in this creative industry.
You will gain a broad set of hairdressing skills – as well as functional skills in English, maths or ICT. You will also gain wider personal development skills, vital for success in further study or employment. These skills will include self-confidence, working with others, taking responsibility and time management.
As you progress, you will learn – and develop – advanced hairdressing techniques, so you can work in a commercial salon without supervision. With an apprenticeship in hair, you will learn about a range of hairdressing and barbering aspects, such as: hygiene, giving client consultations, cutting hair and trimming and shaping facial hair, as well as core customer service skills
You will learn the skills and knowledge to progress to a range of exciting careers including:
We offer qualifications in hair and beauty from Level 1 (equivalent to GCSEs grades D-F or 3-1) to Level 3 (equivalent to A-levels). Hair and make up artistry qualifications are at Level 3.
Our commercial salons offer you the opportunity to learn the ropes of salon management. The working environment is exactly like that you will find in other commercial salons, featuring hair washing and hair cutting stations and relaxing beauty therapy rooms.
You will have the opportunity to serve paying customers who need a range of treatments. You will develop your technical and employability skills by taking part in work experience at our salons.
A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. This helps equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance of success.
Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.
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I now work in the college salon. I run self-care workshops using Emotional Freedom Techniques. My whole college journey has opened so many doors for me.”
Our salons are run in partnership with Wella, a major haircare 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.
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