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Hair and Beauty

We have a dedicated, passionate and award-winning team of hair and beauty lecturers, all with years of experience in the industry.

We have a specially-equipped salon and a nail bar on campus, where you’ll be able to put everything you’ve learned into practice with real clients, plus a commercial salon in Nottingham city centre on Wheeler Gate.

You’ll get the opportunity to take part in national competitions and complete exciting work experience placements. Students have had their work featured in national magazines, exhibited their creations at catwalk shows, and were beauty therapists in residence at the Nottingham Open tennis tournament.

Our make-up artists recently had work experience on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Theatre Royal.

We’re all set up to give you a great start to your career, offering you continual professional development in your chosen field.

We have fabulous links with industry, such as: Ragdale Hall, Center Parcs, Eden Hall, Steiner, and city centre salons. Product companies include: Balmain, Avalon, Spa Find, Dermalogica, Grafton’s, OPI, Rendezvous and Dennis Williams, Wella and Waxu.

Nottingham College is proud to have been recognised as a Ragdale Hall Spa College of Excellence.

You can download a course or apprenticeship guide here.

Levels

Courses at Nottingham College range from Level 1 to Level 3 and Apprenticeships in hairdressing and barbering, beauty therapy, make-up, nail enhancement and massage.

Careers in Hair and Beauty

Nottingham College has an amazing track record in delivering training in hair and beauty - making sure you are equipped with the skills and experience needed to succeed in industry.

All of our salons are open to the public, so you’ll be actively involved in delivering our extensive range of professional hairdressing, beauty therapy, barbering and/or make-up artistry services to people in and around Nottingham City Centre.

There are a vast number of career options in the industry – whether you would like to be an Aesthetic Therapist, a Barber, a Beauty Therapist, a Body Piercer, a Bridal & Theme Consultant, an Image Consultant, a Hair Stylist, a Holistic Therapist, a Make-Up Artist, a Massage Therapist, a Nail Technician, a Product Technician, a Salon Manager/Owner, a Skin Care Therapist, a Spa Therapist – there are many choices available to you.

Did you know?

  • There are just over 40,000 hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses in the UK.
  • Up to 270,000 people work in the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industry.
  • Hairdressing is the 10th most popular apprenticeship in England.
  • Personal Grooming Businesses (barbering and beauty) are the fastest growing independent retailers.
  • Over half the people working in hair and beauty are aged 16 to 34.

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Hair Professional - Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)

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