The Lee Stafford Academy at NKC

Hairdressing and Barbering

The Lee Stafford Academy at NKC

Launching this September, hairdressing will be available at both campuses in the Lee Stafford Academy.

With the aim of making our students the most employable in the country, by enrolling on a hair or barbering course from September, you will learn specially designed ‘recipes’ unique to Lee Stafford Academies, reflecting some of the most cutting-edge styles seen in salons across the UK.

This exciting new partnership is the only Lee Stafford Academy in the region of Kent, and South East London and offers you the very best training in hair cutting, styling, colouring and barbering techniques.

Celebrity hairdresser, Lee Stafford, has devised a range of training and coaching techniques himself, which will be taught to you by our fully trained and qualified staff.

Lee has a personal vision to create the best training opportunities in the world for would-be hairdressers through partnerships with a select number of Further Education Colleges. NKC is delighted to be the only partner College in the region. He has invited North Kent College to share in his passion in delivering the ultimate training programme, together revolutionising hair education, benefitting both staff and students alike.

You will receive training in up to 22 fundamental skills and techniques which you will learn to what Lee calls ‘Michelin standard’. Once accomplished in these techniques, students are encouraged to use their creativity with no bounds. These skills can be tested in National competitions with other Lee Stafford Academy students in FE Colleges across the UK.

The academy students will be able to use Lee’s own award winning products, which are exclusively available at Boots and through the academy and you will host employer events to showcase your talents. Staff will also receive continuous training and awards to ensure their teaching is of the very best quality.

State-of-the-art new facilities

We've just 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? 

We offer Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Hairdressing and Level 2 and 3 in Barbering at Gravesend, plus Level 1 Certificate in Hairdressing and Level 2 Diploma in Ladies and Men's Hairdressing at Dartford.
The awarding body is City and Guilds.

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 salons, mobile hairdressing, cruise ships, theatre or television.

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 for the Level 1 course. Level 2 requires two GCSEs at grade C/4 in English, Maths or Science. For the Level 3 you will need a Level 2 in the subject area.

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 Kim Catchpole on 01322 629669 email