The Sector

This sector includes companies dedicated to hair and beauty care from cosmetic, skin care and nail care, to health treatments such as massages and reflexology. The sector is big business in the UK – it is worth nearly £20 billion and employs more than one million people. There are an estimated 30,000 hair and beauty salons across the country, employing a workforce of over 150,000 specialists.

 

The Careers

The beauty sector will continue to grow over the coming years, meaning that there will be a greater need for skilled beauty and spa therapists, nail technicians, hairdressers and barbers, with numerous career options including: salons and clinics, high street chains, department stores, hotels, spas, cruise ships, or as a self employed/mobile practitioner.


Advanced Apprenticeship Hairdressing

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work at a skilled level within the Hairdressing sector. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and in the new state of the art facilities and commercial salon within the College. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a Diploma in Hairdressing at Level 3. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, such as, creatively cutting hair, colouring hair, colour correction, creatively styling and dressing hair, creating a variety of permed looks and providing hair extension services. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
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Apprenticeship Standard – Hair Professional

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work as a Hairdresser or Barber You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and have formal training in our state of the art workshops and commercial hair salon. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 1 and progress to Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. There are two distinctly different job roles within this occupational profile: Hairdresser and Barber. Hairdressers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair to create variety of looks, and colour and lighten hair for clients. Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using barbering techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services for men. Whichever route you choose, you must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wiry hair. You will also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices, and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
Level:
X
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Beauty: Nail Services Level 3 Diploma (Advanced Nail Technician)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This is an award winning course (2 Gold winners at UK WorldSkills). This course is designed for those wishing to pursue a career as an Advanced Nail Technician. You will study for a vocational qualification designed for people who have already completed the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy or Nail Treatments and wish to specialise in advanced nail treatments. You will study nail technology including liquid and powder, gel, airbrush nail art, nail art, e filing, health and safety. You will study through a combination of theoretical and practical work.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Beauty: Spa Therapy Level 3 Diploma (Spa Therapist)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This course is for you if you want a career as a Spa Therapist. The course offers an in-depth study of spa therapy skills for anyone wanting to learn about the Spa Industry or for experienced therapists aiming to broaden their skills. You will need to have successfully completed the NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy or equivalent. An interview is necessary to show your enthusiasm and commitment. You will be required to purchase an overall and equipment. This course will include maths, English and experience of work. You will train and complete all assessments in the commercial salons and have opportunity to attend a wide range of enrichment activities.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Beauty Specialist Techniques Level 2 Certificate (Salon Junior)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This is a new course leading to a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a junior beauty therapist and it will support you to gain employment as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. You will develop practical skills in facial skin care; eyelash and eyebrow treatments; make-up, health and safety and client care. You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills in a number of optional specialist units including manicure and pedicure.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Beauty: Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up Level 3 Diploma (VTCT)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This course is for you if you wish to pursue a career as a theatrical make-up artist. The course leads to a specialist vocational qualification which complements the skills gained at Level 2 beauty therapy or hairdressing. It is for those wishing to pursue a career as a professional make-up artist or advance their skills to specialise in special effects make-up including prosthetics. The course is delivered in our fully equipped Make-up Studio at the Media and Performing Arts Centre at the Burslem Campus. This course will include maths, English and experience of work. You will train and complete all assessments in the specialist studio and have opportunity to attend a wide range of enrichment activities.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Beauty Therapy Level 1 (Salon Assistant)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This course is for you if you want to work as a Salon Assistant or commence your career in the beauty industry. All Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapy courses offer a great education through practical skills and theoretical knowledge. All the tutors are highly qualified and experienced, working to teach the latest styles and techniques. This course offers an ideal starting point for your career and will include maths, English and experience of work. You will train and complete all assessments in the commercial salons and have opportunity to attend a wide range of enrichment activities.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Beauty Therapy Level 2 (Junior Therapist)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This course is for you if you want a career as a Beauty Therapist. The course covers many aspects and specialist techniques of Beauty Therapy. You will study through a combination of theoretical and practical work.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Hairdressing Level 1 (Salon Assistant)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This course is for you if you want to work as a Salon Assistant or commence a career in hairdressing. All Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapy courses offer a great education through practical skills and theoretical knowledge. All the tutors are highly qualified and experienced, working to teach the latest styles and techniques. This course offers an ideal starting point for your career and will include maths, English and experience of work. You will train and complete all assessments in the commercial salons and have opportunity to attend a wide range of enrichment activities.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Hairdressing Level 2 (Junior Stylist)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This course is for you if you want to have a career in Hairdressing. You will build on your knowledge of the many different aspects of hairdressing through a combination of practical skills and theoretical knowledge. This course will include maths, English and experience of work. You will train and complete all assessments in the commercial salons and have opportunity to attend a wide range of enrichment activities.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Hairdressing Level 3 Certificate (Salon Stylist)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This is the course for you if you want to progress your career in hairdressing. You will learn many different aspects of hairdressing through a combination of practical skills and theoretical knowledge. This course will include Maths, English and experience of work. You will train and complete all assessments in the commercial salons and have opportunity to attend a wide range of enrichment activities.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Beauty: Nail Services Level 3 NVQ Diploma

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

This is a vocational qualification designed for people who have already completed the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy or nail treatments and wish to specialise in nail treatments. You will train and complete all assessments in the Nail Academy and have opportunity to attend a wide range of enrichment activities. You will have opportunity to enter National Skills Competitions in which learners have been very successful.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
3
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Beauty: Nail Treatments Level 2 Certificate (VTCT)

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

The nail industry has increasingly become separate to beauty therapy as specialist nail salons become commonplace in the high street. The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments is a specialist vocationally related qualification which will develop the basic knowledge, skills and competencies that you need to work as a manicurist or pedicurist and is the minimum standard required to work effectively. This qualification enables you to provide treatments for relaxation and improving the condition and appearance of the skin and nails on the hands and feet. The qualification is most suited to students who wish to embark on a career as a nail technician. Units of study include: Follow health and safety practice in the salon Client care and communication in beauty-related industries Provide manicure treatments Provide pedicure treatments Working with others in the hair and beauty sector

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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Facilities for you:

  • L’Oréal Hair Salon
  • Specialist training and hands-on courses
  • Industry standard commercial salons, spa and nail academy
  • Bespoke theatrical and media make-up studio
  • Use of products found in real salons
  • Competition winners every year in national skills competitions
  • Close links with local and national employers

 

Careers in this sector:

  • Barber
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Hairdresser
  • Salon Manager
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Spa Therapist

 

Stacey Cartwright – Hair and Beauty

The course has helped me build my confidence and learn new skills.  The tutors were all so supportive, I could always talk to them for advice and support.  The facilities are fantastic.