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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.

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 City & Guilds Certificate) - 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 2 Diploma) - Part-time

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

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 are aged 19+ and 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…

Brow Definition - Part-time

If you want to delve into the world of brow definition then this course is for you.

Complementary Therapies - Part-time

This is an informal introduction into Complementary Therapies, which is an ideal taster to develop and learn new skills.

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.

Fashion, Theatre, Hair Media and Make-up Studies (Level 3 VTCT 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.

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 Barbering - Part-time

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

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 Bridal Make-up Artistry - Part-time

If you want to delve into the creative world of bridal make up artistry then this course is for you.

Introduction to Gel Polish - Part-time

This short course is designed for anyone wanting to learn how to apply gel polish.

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 Lash Extensions - Part-time

With this college certificate, you will gain an insight into the application of lash extensions.

Introduction to Make-up for Darker Skin Types - Part-time

This is an introductory course on product knowledge and application of make-up for darker skin tones.

Introduction to Nail Enhancements (Level 1) - Part-time

This course is perfect for anyone aged 19+ who is considering a career within the beauty industry, leaning towards the nail enhancement aspect of this.

Introduction to Reflexology - Part-time

This is a short taster course designed for those who have an interest in reflexology and want to know more on the subject.

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 (City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate) - Full-time

This qualification is ideal for anyone aged 16-18 who wants to work as a nail technician.

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.

Taster in Body Massage - Part-time

This is a short taster course designed for those who have an interest in body massage but not sure about completing a full vocational qualification.

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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