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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 guide here.

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.

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.

  • There are just over 46,000 hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses in the UK.
  • Up to 270,000 people work in the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industry.
  • Over half the people working in hair and beauty are aged 16 to 34.

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Aromatherapy for Beginners - Part-time

This is a great way to start your journey into the world of aromatherapy and exploring complementary therapies.

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…

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.

Foundation Hair and Beauty (Entry Level) (16-18)- Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 16-18, have a creative side, enjoy working with people and are looking for an introduction into the Hair and Beauty industry.

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.

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.

Introduction to Barbering and Hairdressing - 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 Gel Polish - Part-time

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

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 Working in Hairdressing - Part-time

This course is ideal if you want to develop the knowledge and gain an understanding of the wide range of skills needed to have a successful career within the exciting hairdressing industry.

Massage for Beginners - Part-time

This is a great way to start your journey into the world of massage and exploring complementary therapies.

Nail Enhancements (City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate) (16-18) - 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 for Beginners - Part-time

This is a great way to start your journey into the world of Reflexology and exploring Complementary Therapies.

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