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Welcome beauty therapy applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

A quick message from the Head of Department, Sarah Morley


FAQs - beauty therapy courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    All of our hair, beauty and make-up artistry courses are based at our Derby Road campus, Mansfield, in specialist facilities which include salons and teaching rooms. The college operates 13 different bus routes to and from this campus, both in the morning and the evening.

  • What is it like?

    The college is an adult, professional environment intended to prepare you to work in your chosen industry. As such, we expect students’ behaviour to reflect the world of work. Attendance and punctuality are very important. There are chemicals that we use in the salons that could be dangerous if not used properly. Therefore, we have very high expectations in terms of behaviour and attitude.

  • What will I study?

    The courses are a mix of practical sessions, either in a training or commercial salon, and traditional theory sessions in a classroom. The higher the level of programme, the more theory-based work you will be expected to do. It is important you understand that you will not be in a salon all the time. Your practical work will be assessed but you will also have to submit written assignments as part of your course.

    Students will be expected to spend some time in our commercial salons. These are open to members of the public and also operate in the evenings. Doing a shift in the evening is a mandatory part of the course. The college will support you with arranging transport home if that is not possible to arrange personally.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

    Take a look at our fact sheets to find out why English and maths is important within this industry.

    View English and maths fact sheets

  • What will I have to wear?

    You will be expected to wear the hair and beauty uniform, comprising of a tabard and black trousers, at all times. We also ask that all students wear fully-enclosed flat, black shoes. Hair will need to represent the industry students are studying in; e.g. hair and beauty expectations are a neat bun. Students are asked to wear minimal/neutral make-up and have nails short if working in beauty therapy. However, in hairdressing false nails are allowed if they are not too long.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    At levels 2 and 3 you will be expected to complete a work placement and the central work placement team will help you find one. This will be within a salon or a spa and is a great way for you to get your foot in the door, impress an employer and potentially move into a job or apprenticeship as a result. We have great links with local employers and have a lot of apprentices studying on-site with us.

    All of our students will be able to also get engaged with our learning companies, which provide in-house opportunities to gain real-world experience. This year students have operated a brow bar for students and staff, plus pop-up barbers and nail treatments as part of the learning companies.

  • Will there be somewhere for me to safely secure my belongings?

    Yes. You will have access to lockers. It's just a £10 deposit for the year and they are operated using a £1 coin (which will be returned to you after each use).


  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get involved in.

    Current students project

    Students within beauty were set a task where they had to recap the cross section of the skin, but they were encouraged to think outside of the box and use items within their house to make a live model.

    Watch - Beauty tutor nominated for an award

    Beauty therapy tutor and assessor Jennifer Knaggs has been nominated for the lecturer appreciation award with product house - Dermalogica!

    Task for Hair and Beauty - Level 1 applicants

    Create a collage of spring/summer nail arts either online or on paper. With two designs you would like to try on yourself. Then choose one design on yourself.

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

    Task for Diploma in Beauty Therapy (VRQ) - Level 2 and Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy - Level 2 applicants

    Send in a picture of a French manicure paint and a statement with why you want to pursue a career in Beauty Therapy.

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

    Task for Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty and Spa Therapy - Level 3 applicants

    Send a short video of a hand and arm massage with prompt card of the sequence and techniques used.

    Send in a statement of why you want to progress to Level 3.

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

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    News - Students put employers in the spotlight

    Our Level 2 and 3 beauty therapy students have enjoyed hearing from guest speakers over the last couple of weeks.

    Firstly they welcomed an ex-salon manager and Elemis trainer who had gone on to work in a laser clinic manager in Derby.

    They also heard from Suzi Heath, who had previously worked as a therapist on board cruise ships. She also worked as a clinic therapist for 13 years and has since gone on to be a salon owner and Tropic skincare Ambassador.

    Tutors ask students to put questions forward to ask the speakers and then additional questions at the end. They are known as ‘spotlight’ sessions and are arranged each week up until half-term. The guest speakers have also focused on Level 3 student progression and the opportunities it can open.

    Suzi Heath enjoyed meeting our students and said: “Taking part in the Q&A session with the students gave me an incredible insight into the motivation and dedication they have towards the beauty industry.

    “The questions were very varied and had clearly been well thought-out. It's clear to see with the passion they have we have got plenty of great therapists coming our way.”

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    Watch - What our students say

    McKenzie is a beauty therapist in the college’s Revive salons. She’s liking learning so many new skills such as manicure, pedicure and make-up application. She aspires to becoming a professional therapist for a career and has benefitted from hearing from guest speakers in the industry who visit the college.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Watch - What our students say

    Emma is a mature learner on the Level 3 Beauty and Spa therapy. She’s gained so much confidence and really loves the programme, especially working on electrical facial and body treatments.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Watch - What our tutors say

    Listen to tutor Kate Taylor tell you about her career journey in the beauty therapy industry and hear about some of the great opportunities you’re going to get on the Level 3 programme that she teaches.

    View the video on YouTube

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    Read letters from our current students

    Our students wanted to share their experiences of college with you. We hope their letters help answer some of your questions and put you at ease.

    Read Deonne's letter

    Read Emily's letter

    Read Hollie's letter

    Read Timea's letter

  • Ask your tutor

    Anything playing on your mind about your college course? Then send your questions to our college tutors using our simple online form.

    Ask a question

Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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