Hair and beauty

From hairdressing to threading, makeup and complementary therapies, gain skills you can use for work, friends or family

Two adult learners styling mannequin heads in our salon

Gain practical and professional skills

We offer a range of courses in hair, beauty and complementary therapies. Our qualification courses will develop your practical and technical skills and knowledge to work professionally.

Short courses and workshops: Want to learn a new skill for friends and family? We have several short hair and beauty courses and workshops.

Employment: There are many jobs in the hair and beauty industry with flexible working hours. You can also choose to be self-employed. Our courses give you the opportunity to gain the qualifications you need.

Salon learning: Our commercial salon helps you train in a realistic working environment and practise your skills. You get hands-on experience to prepare you for the workplace.

Get a qualification: Before you start, we will discuss your skills and study options and explain more about our courses. Level 1 courses are a good introduction to the sector; they offer the opportunity to move up to Level 2. Our Level 2 courses will prepare you for a new job or a promotion.

Taster sessions: Not sure if this is a career path for you? Please ask us about our free taster sessions.

Learning with us: Our courses are in-person at a learning location, online or a blend of both online and in-person learning.

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What our learners say

‘I really enjoyed the course and have learnt so much. The course has given me lots of knowledge and helped me to gain confidence in styling all hair types. I have learnt about different hair types, hair structure, the hair industry and health and safety … I enjoyed the theory and most of all putting what I have learned in to practice.’

Zulieka, Hairdressing Level 2 learner

Case study

‘I took early retirement after a working life that included 30 years working in adult mental health and social care. I have lived in the borough for 19 years.

I have been volunteering with the Adult Learning Service for the past three years as an English Conversation Clubs facilitator. That volunteering, along with my experience of cutting my husband’s and a friend’s hair during the first pandemic lockdown, led me to the hairdressing course at Queens Road.

That hairdressing has come into my life is both a joy and a surprise to me. A surprise because since my punk, and then my Goth days, I am not really known as someone who pays much attention to her hair.

It is still early days in the course, but so far, so very good. Mirela, the tutor, is knowledgeable and approachable. She manages the ‘salon’ very well, despite how chatty most of us are. My fellow learners are a joy to spend time with.

When I qualify, I hope to be able to use the skills and knowledge gained in a volunteering role. Possibilities include providing a hairdressing service in a care home, working with an organisation such as Haircuts4Homeless or contacting a local charity and setting up a scheme with them.’

Dawn, Hairdressing Level 2 learner

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Careers and opportunities

‘Studying this course has given me the qualification needed to work in the hair industry’

‘I’ve learned how to cut and style men’s hair using techniques and tools that I would not have thought about before.

Wistara is a great teacher who takes time to explain things and makes sure everyone understands. What I liked best about the course was the hands on approach …

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to be a barber or looking for an extra skill.’

Ria-azure, Barbering Level 2 learner

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About us

Our team of professionals have extensive knowhow in the hair and beauty industry. One of our tutors runs their own business, another uses their holistic therapy skills to help hospital patients. All are experienced educators with a wealth of up-to-date commercial and specialist teaching experience.

Accreditation organisations include VTCT (Vocational Training Charity Trust) for special training.

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Start a course: book your free assessment

You will need to book an assessment before you can enrol on these courses. Assessments are free and will help you enrol on the right course for your needs.

To enrol on these courses, please book your free course assessment.

For course dates and fees, please check our latest course listings.

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