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Hairdressing Study Programmes

Learn to cut it as a hairdresser or barber in a salon or go on to own your own business.

Find out the difference between a Hairdressing course and a study programme here.

Our Hairdressing study programmes, which we run at the Maidstone and Medway campuses, have been designed to facilitate the development of our students as they look to pursue a successful career in the hair and beauty industry. You’ll gain invaluable hands-on experience, working in the College salons and practising your skills on paying customers.

We offer fully-equipped salons – which have been granted the Wella Salon of Excellence Award – providing a high-quality commercial setting in which students can gain the skills that will significantly enhance their job prospects. 

Our full-time Hairdressing study programmes lead to nationally recognised qualifications that either prepare students for work in the hairdressing industry or enable those who are already qualified as hairdressers to develop and enhance their skills. 

What will I learn?

You’ll gain plenty of hands-on experience, whilst learning the key underpinning theory behind hairdressing. You'll practice your skills on your classmates and a "training head", learning how to professionally shampoo, condition and blow-dry hair. At a more advanced level, you’ll be able to enhance your technical skills in cutting and colouring. Our hairdressing study programme will equip you with everything needed to work in a salon or barbers. Alternatively, you can try your hand at wedding hair and make-up?

Find out the difference between a Hairdressing course and a study programme below.

Why choose a MidKent College Hairdressing study programme?

Our tutors are expertly trained salon professionals who will provide you with the support and advice you need to successfully pursue a career in hairdressing. We work closely with local employers to ensure you learn the practical and theoretical skills that you'll need in the industry. Part of your study programme will involve real life work experience, so you'll be best placed when applying for your next job. With a our hairdressing study programme, you’ll earn a nationally recognised qualification that will not only prepare you for future work, but will also significantly enhance your employability.

What level am I?

This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

How is English & maths involved?

If you're aged 16-18 years old, English and maths will be a key part of your study programme. You'll study both subjects at a level to suit you. You can then apply these skills to communicating with your customers or managing stock in a salon.

What facilities and trips are available?

We offer visits to professional salons and shows; giving you the opportunity to gather ideas and inspiration for your practical work, as well as an insight into how the industry operates. Get inspiration for your projects through trips to places such as the Salon International exhibition and Goldwell Colour-Zoom. We also arrange an annual Catwalk Hair Show and have participated in the KFE's Hairdresser of the Year competition. Both campuses boast modern commercial salons where, once you're more confident, you'll practise your skills on paying clients.

Is an apprenticeship available?

Yes, the College offers hairdressing apprenticeships

What have your past students gone on to do?

Successful students have entered employment in the local hair and beauty industry. One has launched her own business and now manages three salons with over 60 employees!

How much do hairdressers and barbers get paid?

Hairdressers and barbers in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £8.55 per hour.*

What can I do afterwards?

You'll have the skills and techniques to enter a variety of roles in the beauty industry including salon manager, hairdresser or even colour technologist. Have you thought about becoming a film set stylist, creative stylist or theatrical stylist?

What’s the difference between a Hairdressing course and a study programme?

Traditionally you may have studied a Hairdressing course, where you would only study the qualification, such as cutting, colouring and customer service. A Hairdressing study programme is so much more than a Hairdressing course!

This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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*Data taken from EMSI April 2018