You will have the opportunity to train in the high-class facilities

To work in this industry you will need creative flair, teamwork and communications skills and there are many different career paths to suit your specific interests.

As well as hair styling, there’s a growing demand for spa therapists and alternative practitioners. Working hours and conditions will vary, from local salons to large multi-specialist spas, and many people in the health and beauty industry go on to run their own businesses.

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Part-time courses

For more details about our Part-time courses please use the links below:

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Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programmes
Level 2 Apprenticeship

Hair Professionals Apprenticeship Level 2 (find out more)

Level 3 Study Programmes
Level 3 Apprenticeships
  • Beauty Therapy (Massage) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)
  • Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (find out more)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programme

Duration: 1 year
3 GCSEs grades 9–3 or A*–D ideally including English and maths
OR Equivalent Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills

Duration: 2 years
3 GCSEs grades 9–1 or A*–G ideally including English and a keen interest in the chosen field

Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered.

Level 2 Apprenticeship

Hair Professionals Apprenticeship Level 2
You will need a minimum of two GCSEs which must include English and maths at grades 9 – 3 or A* – D, , or equivalent and one other academic subject. You must be in full-time employment in a hairdressing salon where you can gain the work-based experience to support your training to a Level 2 standard. You will also need to demonstrate a keen interest in hairdressing and be able to address clients and colleagues in a professional manner. Your personal presentation will need to be of a good standard and you should be willing to work flexible hours within the agreed contract hours to suit the work place. You will be asked to undertake an initial assessment and interview prior to being accepted onto the programme.

Level 3 Study Programme

Duration: 1 year
Relevant Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills

Level 3 Apprenticeship

Beauty Therapy (Massage) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3, including English and maths, plus a full Level 2 qualification in Beauty Therapy.

Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4, including English and maths, or equivalent. You will also need a minimum of full Level 2 qualification in Hairdressing. You must be in full-time employment as a stylist (junior roles are not sufficient for this course). You should have a keen eye for fashion trends and new techniques within the hair industry and be willing to work to flexible hours. You will be asked to undertake an initial assessment and interview prior to being accepted on to the programme.

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Study Programme Overview

Barbering Intermediate (Level 2)
You will learn traditional and modern cutting and styling techniques plus facial hair shapes in gents’ hair. You will be based at BROOKS, our commercial salon, for your training and work placement.

Beauty Therapy Intermediate (Level 2)
This study programme will equip you with the skills you need to carry out a range of beauty therapy treatments to a nationally recognised standard. You will study a diverse range of topics, including manicure, pedicure, waxing, facial treatments and more.

Hair & Media Make-Up Intermediate (Level 2)
Based at our BROOKS Hair & Beauty salon, you will cover the skills to start your career path in media make-up, learning hair styling, body art, spray tanning and make-up.

Hairdressing Intermediate (Level 2)
This study programme will focus on the development of the underlying principles and practical skills required in the hairdressing industry, which will prepare you for progression to a higher level of study. You will learn how to consult with clients, promote products and services, and develop a variety of hairdressing skills in cutting, colouring and perming.

Level 2 Apprenticeship Overview

Hair Professionals Apprenticeship Level 2
This intermediate apprenticeship programme will cover the essential skills and knowledge needed to be a junior basic hairstylist. The course will equip you with the ability to offer a wide range of hair services to clients and will consist of two years of study. You will receive training on the job, allowing you to earn, learn and train all within the same time frame. You will be released one day per week to attend College training sessions, where you will cover theoretical, subject-specific knowledge, maths and English studies (dependent of GSCE maths and English results) and additional enhancements to practical training.

Level 3 Study Programme Overview

Beauty Therapy Advanced (Level 3)
This study programme will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for all aspects of beauty therapy. The programme will support the development of your ability to a nationally recognised standard, and will help to progress your career to a higher level. You will study a range of topics, including Swedish body massage, advanced facial techniques, body contouring treatments, epilation, anatomy and physiology, and more.

Hairdressing Advanced (Level 3)
This is the perfect programme to advance your knowledge of hair skills, whilst learning new and advanced techniques to offer greater employment opportunities, such as technical and training support within industry led manufacturers. You will progress your skills and knowledge while working within the commercial surroundings of BROOKS Hair & Beauty Salon.

Level 3 Apprenticeship Overview

Beauty Therapy (Massage) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge to carry out the most popular treatments required by salons: Body Massage, Stone Massage, Indian Head and pre-blended Aromatherapy, as well as self-tanning, health and safety and event planning. You will acquire a very desirable advanced Beauty/Massage Therapy qualification sought especially by spas. You will also have the opportunity to take a separate self-tanning qualification. This apprenticeship is suitable for those who have already completed a Level 2 Beauty Therapy qualification.

Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3
This advanced apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to be working towards advanced hairdressing skills and services. You will be released one day per week to attend College training sessions, which will cover theoretical subjectspecific knowledge and additional enhancements to practical training alongside assessment completion. You will receive training on the job, allowing you to earn, learn and train all within the same time frame.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills
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Beauty Therapy Level 3

Barbara Forgheim

Hair and make-up has always been a passion of mine, but until now I’ve only done it as a hobby. I’ve been out of education for a while but this is something I have always wanted to do, so I’m finally on my way to fulfilling my dreams.

Before starting this course I had spent a year at Bedford College improving my English skills. My goal at the end of my time at College is to apply to Center Parcs for a job within their spa.

The course covers everything from facials to massages, electro micro-current to make-up and waxing. We have client sessions two to three times a week.

The tutors are all lovely and offer plenty of support. I’ve found it easy to get back into education; if you want something then you can achieve it.

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