From September 2017, all hair and barbering courses will be hosted in the Lee Stafford Academy at either our Dartford or Gravesend campuses. This is the only Lee Stafford Academy in Kent and South East London, and one of only 9 across the UK.

Why study at the Lee Stafford Academy?

Not just a celebrity endorsement, the training programme has been developed by Lee himself with Further Education specialists, to train not only the students, but also our own experienced hair and barbering staff.

NKC students enrolled from September will learn specially designed ‘recipes’ which are unique to Lee Stafford Academies, reflecting some of the most cutting-edge styles seen in salons across the UK.

You will receive training in up to 21 fundamental skills and techniques which you will learn to what Lee calls ‘Michelin standard’. Once accomplished in these techniques, you are then encouraged to use your creativity with no bounds.

These skills can be tested in National competitions with other Lee Stafford Academy students in FE Colleges across the UK during the academic year.

We’re aiming to make our hair and barbering students the most employable in the country.

If you have a passion and enthusiasm to launch a career in hairdressing or barbering, please apply now.

Students enrolling on this programme will spend a minimum of 3 sessions in our modern well equipped hairdressing salons. You will be taught by vocational lecturers who have worked or are currently working in the hairdressing industry they therefore have a wide and current experience of the industries needs and trends. Salon skills are supported by underpinning theory knowledge. The Diploma in Barbering has a number of mandatory units including Health and Safety, Consultation, Shampooing and Conditioning, Cutting hair using barbering techniques, Cutting facial hair to Shape and finishing. It also has a number of optional units for you to choose from. Your lecturer will guide you when making this choice.
Your initial training is carried out on training blocks and group members before progressing onto family, friends and paying clients. You need to be prepared to work a late evening mirroring the requirements of industry.
You will be expected to behave in a highly professional manner at all times while in the salons and surrounding public areas. You will wear a uniform and will need to bring your hairdressing equipment to all salon sessions.
Functional skills in English are taught alongside the vocational skills. This is an important aspect of your programme and will help to prepare you for the next level of qualification and working in the industry
It is recommended that you find part time work or voluntary work in the hairdressing/ barbering industry to support your college training.

What qualification will I gain?

City & Guilds Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Barbering

Entry requirements?

New Students will require a minimum of GCSE English Grade 4 and minimum of 2 other GCSE’s at Grade D and above.
Students progressing from Level 1 Hair or Level 2 Hair must have completed all aspects of that programme. Student will need to have a good attendance record and have proven good behaviour.

What progression options will I have?

Students successfully completing could consider programmes in Ladies hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or look for opportunities in the workplace as a junior barber

What costs are involved?

Tuition Fees:
16-18 - free
19+ - £TBA

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £105

Other Costs (payable by all students): £30 Material fee contribution and £30 Trip

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. You will be assessed using a variety of methods including: Observation, Oral questioning, Written questioning and assignment work.