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Hair and beauty

If you have a passion for all things hair and beauty, then study one of our courses, you will be taught the latest techniques by teachers with industry knowhow. With the right qualifications behind you and with enough practical experience, you can progress to work in industry or own your very own salon!

Hair and beauty courses

Why choose hair and beauty at West Notts?

Train in industry-standard facilities

Once you have gained the appropriate skills and experience necessary, you are invited to work and learn in Revive, our commercial hair and beauty salon. Revive is open to the public and includes facilities which are unrivalled in the area.

Be inspired by VIP industry experts

You will learn about the latest hair and beauty innovations through industry guest speakers. Recent visitors have included expert barber Chris Foster.

Use industry-leading products

Working with the very latest products from product houses such as Wella and Dermalogica, you will get the latest training techniques on how to use these products. You will also have the opportunity to complete work placements and apprenticeships through our top industry connections.

Showcase your creative talents

Hair and beauty students regularly showcase their talents at events. Students are invited to share demonstrations of their work and best practice in catwalk shows, to members of the public.

Be part of the 'Learning Company'

As a hair and beauty student you will also get the opportunity to take part in our unique learning company – a chance to take your passion for hair and beauty into a real-world workplace context.

We operate two pop-up, student-run salons: a barber’s and a brow and nail bar open to the general public.

As well as excellent nail technology, barbering and brow skills, working in the pop-up salons will help you to develop a range of other transferrable skills, such as teamwork, customer care, communication and money handling. You will also get used to working with an audience, as the pop-up salons are open in the middle of the atrium, and are open to all.

You will have the chance to see how things work behind the scenes: putting together a business plan and marketing campaign so that you can see how running a small beauty business works. Develop your business acumen and professional confidence, as well as providing a top-quality service to your clients!

Working with this learning company is a fantastic opportunity to experience the industry first-hand while developing a broad range of valuable skills that will improve your chances of securing a job in the future.

Career Opportunities

Guided Campus Tour

Get a glimpse into the facilities you will be using as a hair and beauty student at West Notts College.

What our students say

Ruby discusses her passion for barbering and how the college is helping her develop her skills. She also talks about particularly enjoying her work placement and shares her aspirations for her next steps after college.

We hear from Amelia about her experience on the course, highlighting some valuable work experience and how the course has helped her progress, Mentioning new career pathways she has discovered over her time with us.

Here we talk to Libby, who was with us last year and again this year, progressing from level 2 to level 3. We hear about work placement opportunities the course has led to, what the teachers are like and more.

Our Learning Companies: College Cuts

Learn about College Cuts – a Barbering learning company designed to build our students skills and experience within the barbering industry. Students will learn key business skills and improve their confidence, working with real paying clients which will prepare them for a career in barbering.


Hair and beauty news and press

  • Students bring skills to one of county’s finest hotels

    An historic Nottinghamshire hotel welcomed a new workforce this spring as students from West Nottinghamshire College took over the kitchens, bars, restaurants and spa for a week.

    Posted: 17/04/2024
  • Students discover mind, body and spirit additional skills

    The training salons at West Nottinghamshire College welcomed make-up artists, barbers and stylists, a reiki practitioner and more as students got stuck into learning more about roles within hairdressing and beauty therapy during their industry week.

    Posted: 02/02/2024
  • College celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted result

    Staff and students at West Nottinghamshire College are celebrating following the publication of its latest Ofsted inspection report – which has graded it ‘good’ with areas of outstanding provision, and that makes a strong contribution to meeting its area’s skills needs.

    Posted: 07/06/2023

Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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

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We offer a flexible and cost-effective travel pass to all students and apprentices.

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

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