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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

On this programme you will study various aspects of hairdressing or barbering which will include cutting, perming, producing an image for a photo shoot, colour, colour correction, long hair styling, designing facial hair shapes and wet shaving. Sessions will be taught through a mixture of practical workshops and theory lessons, where you will be assessed by practical observations and online multiple choice exams.

The qualification and the experience you gain on the course will help you find employment in hair and beauty salons, barbers shops either locally, or further afield; for example, in large department stores, hotels, leisure centres or on board cruise ships. You may also continue with your studies and progress on to the Level 4 Diploma or an apprenticeship. You will work alongside enthusiastic and experienced staff and use up-to-date facilities and equipment.

The department runs a variety of trips throughout the year, for example to Salon International in London, Birmingham Hair UK and The Big Barber Bash. Students also have the opportunity to compete in WorldSkills competitions.

This course will develop your customer care, retailing and team working skills. You will learn how to handle money, multi-task and use your initiative, and the course usually takes place over three days. You will further develop your practical hairdressing and learn new skills, including:
- Hair extensions
- Advanced perming and colouring
- Advanced cutting techniques
- Designing & creating images with the use of postiche
- Conventional & alternative setting & dressing techniques
- Indian head massage

You will further develop your practical barbering skills and learn new skills, including:
- Advanced cutting skills
- Provide Shaving Services
- Design and Create Facial Hair Shapes

You will learn via practical demonstrations, hands-on activities and theory sessions. You will be assessed using practical observation of your skills and oral questioning of your underpinning knowledge. Assessment will also be through the completion of written assignments, written tests and the production of a portfolio of evidence.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (or C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. However, students will still have to achieve the stated Entry Requirements before they start the course.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs Grade 4 or above or an NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing or the equivalent. You may be eligible for entry at this level with several years industrial experience or if you are a stylist seeking to develop a career in training and management.

NB: Enrolment on this course is dependent on meeting the Entry Requirements stated above.

Please note, this course has additional uniform/kit costs (in pounds sterling).
Uniform Male: 43.79
Female: 40.79

After Your Course

The Level 3 will open employment opportunities for you in salon supervision, technical demonstration, and training. You may also be able to progress onto the Level 4 in Salon Management or Foundation Degree in Business Management (Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy).



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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