Hair and Barbering
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A hair and barbering qualification could give you the skills you need to have a successful career in the hairdressing industry.
Hair and barbering in one of Weston College's largest and most successful subject area, and we have a proven record of delivering hairdressing qualifications which teach our learners the things that employers require.
Cutting hair is a universal skill. Hairdressing salons form a vital part of every high street and town centre, which means that there are plenty of jobs available for the right person. Salons are in such demand that despite many businesses closing, the hairdressing industry is thriving. Plus, if you have a hairdressing qualification you could work anywhere in the world, either as a hairdresser in a salon or by using your expertise to open your own salon franchise.
Hairdressing is fun. In fact, it's often voted one of the most fulfilling and fun professions in the UK, and most people get into the hairdressing sector because they love it. This is because hairdressing combines interaction with other people with the satisfaction of instant results.
We can teach you at a variety of levels, so it doesn't matter if you're new to the subject or just want to take your current qualifications to the next stage. You can find the full list of our hair and barbering qualifications in the drop-down menu at the top of this page.
It's a well-paid career. The average salary for a hairdresser is £23,000 a year, and most hairdressers earn a second income by using their skills to work freelance outside of salon hours. Professional hairdressers with over three years' experience regularly earn over £30,000 each year.
Our previous students have gone on to work in beauty therapy salons, clinics, hair salons, health farms, cosmetic companies, nail bars and cruise liners.
Why choose us?
Course content. Our work with local and regional employers means that we're able to understand the skills requirements of local salons and make sure our courses address these needs. Many of our lecturers are from the beauty industry and will offer you expert guidance and support to help you succeed in your chosen aspect of beauty.
Reputation. We're Ofsted outstanding and one of the top colleges in the country, which means you can expect an exceptional level of teaching and support to help you gain the qualifications you need.
Success rates.The majority of our students go on to open their own hairdressing salons and work in the industry. Others use their hair and barbering skills as a second income, cutting hair for their friends, colleagues and members of the public.
Our facilities. Weston College's Hair and Beauty Centre is a dynamic and vibrant part of the College. It is one of the largest commercial salons in the region, with three large hairdressing studios and two beauty salons. They're all open to the public, so by coming to us you'll get to experience working with a wide range of people with different expectations and requirements. Find out more about our campuses here.
Our links with employers. As a hairdressing student at Weston College you will benefit from our links with local employers across the Bristol area, and we will offer you educational trips, visits to professional exhibitions and work placements in some of the most popular salons in the region. You will also get to meet industry professionals such as Lee Stafford and Jennifer Lenard, and be able to showcase your talents by taking part in hair and beauty competitions.
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A qualification in Hair and Barbering could lead to a number of successful careers in the sector.
The Hair and Beauty sector is a large industry in the UK with a workforce of over 245,000 people. In the Bristol area alone, there are currently 7,653 jobs in the Hair and Barbering industry and this is set to increase to 8,135 by 2022.
The sector comprises nearly 55,000 businesses with a combined annual turnover of £6.2 billion a year.
Over 20% of salons in the UK have vacancies and many are looking for newly qualified hairdressers and barbers to fill the gaps.
The range of careers in Hair and Barbering is only limited by your imagination! Our former students have gone on to open their own salons, work for large hair and beauty companies both nationally and internationally, and work within the entertainment industry as make-up artists and hairdressers for films, television and the theatre.
What could you earn?
Salaries in the Hair and Barbering industry vary depending on a number of factors including skill level, number of hours per week, and whether you work as part of a large organisation or through self-employment.
The starting salary for newly trained hairdressers is over £14,000 per year, however professionals with over three years' experience could earn upwards of £30,000. The average salary for a hairdresser is £23,000 per year.
- 8.1% of the hairdressing workforce is based in the South West of England
- 30.8% of hairdressers are employed full-time
- 42.2% of hairdressers are self-employed
- Hair and Beauty makes up 0.87% of the total UK workforce.
It's easy to apply...
With our online application system you can secure your place on one of our hair and barbering courses in a matter of minutes - just select the course you're interested in from the drop-down menu at the top of this page and click 'apply now'.
Alternatively, our paper application for can be found at the back of our prospectus.
Now is the perfect time to apply in order to reserve your place on these popular hairdressing courses. If you change your mind at any time your application can be withdrawn.
How many people will be in my group?
Numbers will vary in functional skills and commercial sessions, but approximately 15 students will be in your vocational, practical and theory classes.
How will I be supported?
You will be assigned a personal tutor that will assist and support you to achieve your qualification with small and measured targets that suit you and your target grade. We also have general support and guidance available to all of our students.
What if I fall behind?
Your personal tutor will work with you to progress at your own speed. If they feel you could benefit from extra sessions then this will be discussed with you.
Will I have to work on real people and/or clients?
Yes - you will work in one of the College's industry standard commercial salons where all of your practical assessments will take place.
Will I have to have my false nails removed?
Maybe - you will have to be able to work with your nails and long false nails can be unhygienic and become infected if you're working on technical services.We suggest keeping your nails short and without added accessories. Beauty students need to have plain well-manicured nails. No extensions or polish of any form is allowed.
What about facial piercings?
You will be advised to remove piercings during some practical sessions if you are at risk of injury or infection.
What areas of the body will I be touching?
Throughout the levels of beauty you will be covering all areas of the body, including feet, hands, head and some intimate areas when waxing. You will be expected to be professional at all times when dealing with clients.
What are my career options?
There are many things you could do after studying hair and beauty, some examples are as follows; working in a salon, working in a spa, being a product rep, working for yourself, working on the cruise ships, specialising in bridal hair and makeup and may more. With hair and media, theatrical productions and TV is also a favoured option.
Why do I have to do English and maths?
English and maths are essential for working in any element of beauty. To be a successful hairdresser, barber or beauty practitioner, you will be required to know many skills such as communicating correctly, allocating timings for clients, mixing ratios of products and working out discounts for special offers. The list is endless and the majority of salons expect a good level of English and maths when looking for staff. You can learn more about these subjects by clicking here.
How long does it take to be qualified?
Depending on the level or the course, it can take between 2 to 4 years to be qualified. Click here to see our beauty courses or click here for our hair/barbering courses.
Will I be graded?
For technical level 3 qualifications, yes. This is completed through external tests and a practical trade standards end test.
Do I need work experience?
Yes - we would recommend that you get work experience in a salon to help develop your skills and knowledge. Many students are offered paid work on the back of this. Within your qualification the department holds work placement/industry focused weeks where staff will assist you in gaining hours in industry, CV writing and mock interviews lead by our local employers.
Do I have a kit?
Yes - each course has a kit and uniform. These can be obtained through the induction process. If you are entitled to bursary funding for this, a tutor will consult with you regarding size during and any costs that occur.
When do I get my timetable?
Your first week will be induction week and expect that to be full time 9-5. During this week you will have your group timetable allocated to you and this timetable will commence at the end of induction.