The Lee Stafford Academy at NKC

Our courses range from learning the basics of salon work to working with colour, disconnected cuts, scissor and razor techniques. Increase your confidence to become work-ready for any salon. 

Studying Hairdressing with us allows you to develop your skills and experience in our purpose-built salons. Our tutors are highly qualified hairdressers and barbers, with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, including salon ownership and bespoke training. 

You will be taught everything from basic to advanced hairdressing and barbering. We believe that your skills and knowledge will better develop by learning in a practical environment, which you will gain through working with real clients in our academy hair salons. As well as covering essential elements of theory work, units include monitoring and controlling safe working practices, practical skill development in cutting, styling, colouring and colour correction techniques. Skills learnt in the academy will dramatically improve your employment prospects. 

Currently our Lee Stafford Academy offers a comprehensive range of hairdressing services, available to the public which are provided by our students as part of their training.

State-of-the-art new facilities

We opened brand new Hair Salons at Gravesend Campus, with state of the art facilities and equipment in the 'Pure Inspirations' and 'Creative Inspirations' Salons. Hairdressing and Barbering courses will be held at the Lee Stafford Academy at Gravesend Campus, whilst Hairdressing courses will also be available at the Lee Stafford Academy at Dartford Campus.

Studying Hairdressing or Barbering with us, allows you to develop your skills and experience in our fabulous purpose-built Academy Salons at our Gravesend or Dartford Campus which are open to the general public. Not only will you learn from Lee Stafford's methods therefore, but you'll also be able to test your skills with the general public on most week days and selected evenings. 

What will I learn? 

Courses are based on practical experience gained in the Lee Stafford Academy and involve essential elements of theory also.

What qualification will I gain? 

All of all courses are awarded by City and Guilds.

City and Guilds work with a vast number of employers, industry experts and professional associations from across the hairdressing and barbering industry areas. The Industry Advisory Board is formed of these people and work with City and Guilds to ensure that the needs of people joining employment within the hair industry are met, raising the professional standards and shaping the future of hairdressing and barbering.

We offer: 

VRQ Level 1 Certificate in Hairdressing (Dartford and Gravesend)
VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Women's and Men's Hairdressing (Dartford and Gravesend)
VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing (Dartford)

For explanations of our qualifications, please see our Qualification Explained page

What progression options will I have? 

Within the Lee Stafford Academy you can progress through the Levels, onto a Level 3 course and 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 high street salons, hotels, spas, cruise ships, freelance hair stylist within television, theatre, fashion, editorial and product brands.

What costs are involved?

This can vary depending on the course, but for uniform, textbooks, products and trips, you could be paying between £380-£400 which is an investment into your future. 
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 and passion for the Hair industry and a good school/college report to include good attendance and behaviour.

Level 1 requires a minimum of a grade 2 in GCSE English or Maths or equivalent.
Level 2 requires two GCSEs at grade 4 in English, Maths or Science or equivalent
Level 3 requires prior attainment of a Level 2 qualification in Hairdressing.

Click here to view Lee Stafford Academy Hairdressing and Barbering courses or call 01322 629400.

If you would like to visit the Lee Stafford Academy salons as a customer, please see Open to the public.

If you are a salon owner/manager and would like to know more about employing a Lee Stafford Academy apprentice, a graduate or offering work placements, please download our brochure or call Clare Upham-Sharpe on 01322 629669 email