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2 Years
Milnthorpe Road Campus

Barbering, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Thanks in some part to the growth in celebrity culture and the rise of social influencers, the UK Hair & Beauty industry is now worth an astounding £6.2 billion.

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Course Overview

T-Levels bring together academic knowledge with practical experience.

The course will give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into this sector.

T-Level summary:
- Two-year courses
- Equivalent to 3 A-Levels
- Worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*).
- Created alongside employers
- Includes an extended industry placement (315 hours minimum)
- Supports progression into university and a career in the industry

Completing a T-Level qualification at Kendal College will allow you to learn and develop professional skills and knowledge and a positive perspective on working in the hairdressing industry. Learn from highly qualified lecturers in a commercial salon environment with access to well-known professional manufacturers. Develop knowledge and understanding of relevant and current industry legislation and business practices.

You can work in well-equipped and industry-standard commercial environments using international manufacturer brands, including Wella, GHD, Bespoke Aroma and Wahl.

Learn from highly educated and industry professional lecturers who continue developing their skills and knowledge to stay current and up to date with emerging trends.

Meaningful Work Placements
The college has strong links with local employers who provide excellent opportunities for work placement in well-established salons, barber shops and spas.

The core content for each T-Level includes:
- Business context
- Regulation and legislation
- Sales and marketing
- Build a collection of looks demonstrating your practical abilities and skills across a wide range of services.
- Consultation and analysis

You will also learn about topics specific to Hairdressing, including:
- Colour Conversion
- Colour Correction Conversion
- Creative Cutting

You will also learn about topics specific to Barbering, including:
- Creative and precision cutting techniques
- Cut facial hair using precision techniques
- Provide bespoke shaving services

You will also learn about topics specific to Beauty Therapy, including:
- Provide Hand, Nail and Foot services
- Provide a range of hair removal service
- Perform manual and technical advanced treatments
- Makeup, including enhancement of eyelashes

Assessment is via practical & academic-based assignments, examinations and the production of a portfolio.

Further Opportunities
The department organises a variety of guest speakers throughout the year and a range of trips to Wella Manchester, Edinburgh and an international trip to Paris.

Awarding Body
This qualification is awarded by VTCT.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is designed for students aged 16-18.

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (including Maths and English), or a level 2 diploma or NVQ in a related field with a merit or distinction.

After Your Course

After this T-Level, you could:
- Progress onto a level 3 programme of study
- Diversify into a related sector.
- Move into self employment
- Set up a business



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2023/24 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/23).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another institution.

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