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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: Eden Hall, Center Parcs, Ragdale Hall, Steiner, and city centre salons. Product companies include: Balmain, Avalon, Spa Find, Dermalogica, Grafton’s, OPI, Rendezvous and Dennis Williams, Wella and Waxu.

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.

Not sure what you'd like to study?

Are you interested in Hair and Beauty but not sure which course is right for you? You can receive Careers Advice before you decide which course is best for you! Apply through our Application Portal using the link below and our Careers Advisors will help you find the perfect course that's suited to you!

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Aromatherapy (VTCT Level 3 Certificate) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to become an aromatherapist.

Barbering (Level 2 Certificate) - Part-time

With this qualification a new career in Gents styling could be yours!

Barbering (Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you would like to gain a working knowledge of men’s styling and work towards a career in industry.

Barbering (Level 3) - Part-time

Hair stylists and barbers can work anywhere across the world - you could be self-employed, a mobile stylist or maybe even style the stars!

Beauty Therapy (Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma) - Full-time

This course is a great choice if you are ready to start your career in the beauty industry and have a passion for making people feel pampered and good about themselves.

Beauty Therapy (Level 2) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to start a career in the beauty industry and have a passion for making people feel pampered and good about themselves.

Beauty Therapy (Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are looking to pursue a career in a specialist environment such as in a day spa, on a cruise liner, or in a dedicated facility in a high-end hotel. This course provides a great…

Complementary Therapies (Level 3 VTCT Diploma) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+, have an interest in natural therapies and would like a career pathway in the complementary therapy sector or would like to progress further onto specialist complementary therapy courses.

Eyelash Extensions and Perming for Beginners - Part-time

Learn how to extend and perm eyelashes using a variety of techniques. This course is for women only.

Hair and Media Make-up (Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are interested in a career as a make-up artist and want to perfect your skills for a successful career in this highly skilled industry.

Hair and Media Make-up (Level 3 Diploma) - Full-time

This course is for you if you are passionate about a career in the hair and media make-up industry.

Hairdressing (Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you’d like to master and perfect your hairdressing techniques and become a qualified hairdresser.

Hairdressing for Beginners - Part-time

Learn the basics of hairdressing in this interesting and fun class that is for women only.

Indian Head Massage (VTCT Level 3 Certificate) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to learn the art of Indian head massage.

Introduction to Beauty Therapy (Entry 3 College Certificate) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have a creative side, enjoy working with people and are looking for an introduction into the Beauty industry.

Introduction to Beauty Therapy (Level 1) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have a creative side, enjoy working with people and are looking for an introduction into the beauty industry.

Introduction to Hair Extensions using the Dreadlock Method - Part-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19 or over and want to learn a new skill or extend your skills in hairdressing.

Introduction to Hair Extensions using the Micro Bond Singles Method (Level 1) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19 or over and want to learn a new skill or extend your skills in hairdressing.

Introduction to Hair Extensions using the Weft and Micro Bond Method (Level 1) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19 or over and want to learn a new skill or extend your skills in hairdressing.

Introduction to Hairdressing (Level 1 City & Guilds Certificate) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are interested in stepping into a career in the hair and beauty industry, as this course will be the start of your journey.

Introduction to Hairdressing and Barbering - Part-time

This course is perfect if you wish to gain an insight to the hairdressing qualification and develop new skills.

Introduction to Styling Afro Caribbean Hair - Part-time

This course is perfect if you wish to develop a new skill or add to existing skills and gain an insight to the hair industry.

Ladies Hairdressing (Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma) - Full-time

This is a great course for anyone who wants a career in hairdressing. You will be taught all the basic skills to be able to have a lifelong career in this incredible industry.

Lash Extensions (Level 3 Award) - Part-time

This qualification is ideal for anyone aged 19 or over who wants to add semi-permanent lashes to their treatment list.

Nail Enhancements (Level 3) - Part-time

This qualification is ideal for anyone aged 19 or over who wants to work as a nail technician or add nail enhancement to their current services. .

Reflexology (VTCT Level 3 Certificate) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to become a reflexologist.

Stone Therapy Massage (VTCT Level 3 Certificate) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a stone therapy massage specialist.

Swedish Massage (VTCT Level 3 Certificate) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a beauty (Swedish massage) therapist.

Thai Massage (VTCT Level 3 Certificate) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you want to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a Thai massage specialist.

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