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Our Hairdressing course give you the opportunity to work in our exceptional on-site salon Inspires. Taking on this course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of hairdressing skills which will prepare you to progress into industry

What makes Hairdressing at HRC special?

  • We are proud to have a 89% pass rate (2017-2018)
  • With a total of eleven hairdressing and beauty salons, Inspires is one of the largest and most advanced salons of any college in the country and is open to members of the public
  • You will be interacting with customers daily to not only hone your creative skills but improve your business understanding and customer service abilities
  • During your time at HRC, you will be taught by tutors and lecturers with a wealth of experience in the industry who have worked for high-end and well-known brands including Label M and Wella
  • Trips and visits are to The wella academy and salon international events

What do our students say?

"I've learnt so much from this course, I am so glad that I chose to study at HRC"

"Getting to learn in a salon really helps you get a feel for what it's like to work in the industry"

What can I do next?

After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose to:

  • Enter into employment in this industry
  • Apply to one of our level 3 courses or apprenticeships to build your portfolio of skills

We're proud that our students go onto careers including:

  • Hairdressing
  • Salon Manager
  • Progress onto a beauty course to achieve a Beauty qualification
    • What will I be doing?

      This is a one-year programme that will enable you to develop the skills essential for employment in the hairdressing industry, working in a hairdressers and all other aspects of the hairdressing industry.

      Topics covered include

      working in Industry shampoo and conditioning

      cutting women's hair and styling

      colouring techniques on women's hair

      You can also show your creativity participating in our college hair and fashion show

      Added Extras

      There's lots of perks to this course, including:

      • Opportunities to build your employability skills, including workshops run by leading names in the industry
      • Working on a placement whilst achieving the qualification broadens experience and confidence
      • Taking part in exciting projects and events, such as cutting competitions and client sessions

      How will I be assessed?

      Your theory and practical knowledge will be assessed throughout the year by your tutors, in preparation for your practical assessment/exam covering practical and theory knowledge.

      Entry requirements

      To take on this course you will need:

      • 160 GCSE entry points,and a grade 3 in English and grade 3 Maths
      • To demonstrate good attendance and timekeeping, the ability to meet deadlines and have excellent skills development
      • To have a creative flair, a genuine interest in the hairdressing industry, good personal presentation and communication skills

      We welcome applicants who are already working in the industry and are looking to gain a new qualification.

      If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

      What do I need to bring?

      There are some items you will need to purchase in advance of the course which you should expect to replace as and when you need to during the year.

      You will need to purchase personal stationery. Kit and uniform are ordered and purchased by students. Kits are non-refundable once the course starts.

      For students progressing from within the department, previous kit items could be appropriate but additional items may need to be purchased (depending on previous course).

      Payment for optional enrichment activities are detailed throughout the year.

      If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria.

      Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

      If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      Fee Information

      Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2021.

      If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2021, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

      Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £3500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

      If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

      For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change

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