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Hair & Beauty

Perfect Smoky Eye

Signal 1 Breakfast Hairdressing Challenge

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

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You can work in a range of settings, from salons to department stores or cruise ships or even go mobile, and bring your skills to people’s homes.  Hairdressers will start by getting a broad level of training, and then perhaps look to gain skills in more specific areas. People training to work in the beauty industry have a wide range of choices regarding which skills they would like to learn.

Our purpose built Lifestyle building at Cauldon Campus and our bespoke make-up studio for theatrical and media make-up at Burslem Campus offer industry  standard, cutting-edge facilities in which to learn.

2014 saw Stoke on Trent College’s Lifestyle Hair Salon celebrate 10 years of association with L’Oreal. No ordinary hair salon, the L’Oreal Flagship Salon benefits from the support of industry leader L’Oreal ensuring our students are fully prepared for employment in the hairdressing sector when they complete their qualifications. L’Oreal provide input into all our hairdressing courses, including specialist training for our staff, so that our teaching keeps up to date with developments in the sector, as well as benefiting from the great products that L’Oreal provide.

Stoke on Trent College is the place to start your career in hair, beauty or holistic therapies.  With experienced tutors from your chosen industry, a track record of great success in external, regional and national skills competitions - including a world champion for nail art - and fantastic links with local and national employers, you can be assured of the best possible education. Recently our students have been  able to enjoy regular workshops run by Tristan Eves, Celebrity Hair Stylist, who currently works at one of London’s top award winning hair salons in the centre of Covent Garden, to gain an insight into the wider world of hairdressing and to prepare them for a successful career in this exciting and fast moving industry.


  • Fashion hairdressing is a fast moving industry with a high level of job satisfaction
  • Beauty therapy is diverse, offering opportunities to expand skills and knowledge
  • Spa therapists are in high demand
  • Nail salons exist on most high streets
  • You can end up working on cruise liners or in international holiday resorts


  • Barber
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Hairdresser
  • Hair Salon Manager
  • Holistic Therapist
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Spa Therapist
Jayne Beckett

Jayne launched a Tanning, Beauty and Hair Salon in June 2006, despite working full-time at the time. Initially, she offered beauty and tanning treatments, with her daughter, a qualified beautician taking the lead, along with other staff.

In January 2008 she was offered redundancy and decided to return to college to study hairdressing so she could open the hairdressing side of the business.

Jayne said: “I applied and couldn’t believe I got an interview. I felt like a schoolgirl again – that feeling of nervousness might put some people off, but if you want something enough you’ll go for it.” Jayne hopes to take further courses in September. She is currently working alongside Jodie Adams, previously of John English Hairdressing, to get hands-on experience in her own salon.

She added: “If anyone is thinking about changing career, I’d tell them to go for it! Even if you are working full-time don’t let it stop you. A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”

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