Hairdressing and Miskin Make Up & Beauty


Studying Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy with us, allows you to develop your skills and experience in our fabulous purpose-built Hair and Beauty salons, Inspirations Hair Salons and Miskin Make Up and Spa. Our lecturers are highly qualified Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists, with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, including salon ownership.

You will be taught everything from basic to advanced Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy. We believe that your skills and knowledge will advance notably by learning in a practical environment. You will gain your practical experience through working with real clients, in the College’s Salons, which contain industry standard facilities.

Although our courses are based on practical experience, there is still an element of theory work that will need to be completed, in order to meet the standards of the qualification. 

New Salons

We've just opened brand new Inspirations Hair Salons at Gravesend Campus, with state of the art facilities and equipment in the 'Pure Inspirations' and 'Creative Inspirations' Salons.

Meanwhile at Dartford Campus a brand new Make Up Studio and a Spa with steam room and sauna have been added to the existing salons, giving students the chance to learn in modern and true-to-industry environment.

From September 2017, Hairdressing will be offered at our unique salons at the Gravesend campus, and Make Up and Beauty within the new Miskin Spa at Dartford only.

Our Salons and Studios are open to the general public, on most week days and selected evenings offering a comprehensive range of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy treatments, which are provided by our students as part of their training.

What will I learn? 

Courses are based mostly on practical experience gained in either the Hairdressing or Beauty Salon, but do involve essential elements of theory.

What qualification will I gain? 

We offer Levels 1, 2 and 3 VRQ certificate in Hairdressing and a Level 2 and 3 VRQ, NVQ in Barbering. Beauty Therapy offers Levels 1, 2 and 3 NVQ’s and VRQ’s; the awarding body is City and Guilds. For explanations of our qualifications, please see our Qualification Explained page.

What progression options will I have? 

With Hair or Beauty you can progress through the Levels, onto a Level 3 course. It is also possible to continue your qualification as an Apprentice, should you find employment (please see our Apprenticeships section for more information). You can find work in areas such as working in salons, spas, mobile hairdressing, cruise ships, theatre or television. If you’re on a Hairdressing course, you can also progress on to Barbering or a Beauty Course.

What costs are involved?

This can vary depending on the course, but for uniform, textbooks, products and trips, you could be paying between £113 and £330. Full-time Further Education courses are free for students aged 16-18, you may have to pay some or all of your fees if you are aged 19 plus, but please see our Student Finance page for further information.

Entry requirements? 

You must have a genuine interest in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy for the Level 1 course. Level 2 requires two GCSE’s at C grade in English, Maths or Science. For the Level 3 you will need Level 2 in the subject area.

Click here to view Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy courses or call 0800 074 1447.
If you would like to visit the Hairdressing or Beauty Salon as a customer, please see Inspirations under Open to the public.