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Hairdressing & Barbering

The hair and beauty industry continues to grow, despite the difficult economic climate. There is continuing demand for good hair stylists and trained professionals.

Our courses are flexible and offer great real world learning experiences that will help your employment prospects. Both campuses boast their own commercial hair and beauty salons open to students, staff and the general public, or you can study while working full time in an independent salon. Buxton campus also contains its own commercial spa and the College is well renowned in the hairdressing world for supplying the next generation of stylists and colourists.

With the requirement for qualifications in beauty, spa, barbering and hairdressing becoming increasingly important, our courses are in great demand.

Career prospects

  • Working in a salon, luxury spa, hotel or cruise ship
  • Theatrical, TV, fashion, magazine or special-effects make-up artist
  • Complementary therapist
  • Sales, retail and training
  • Mobile beauty therapist
  • Electrologist
  • Product representative
  • Barber
  • Colour technician
  • Freelance hairdresser

Available courses


Hairdressing Success Story

Leaving school with A levels, Danni always envisaged a career as an academic but found the creative side of hairdressing more appealing so signed up for a Level 2 then a Level 3 Hairdressing award at Buxton. Now, thanks to backing from her parents, Danni is the proud owner of her own business with a salon on The Green in Swanwick.

She said: “Buxton & Leek College has given me some great opportunities and I shall always be grateful to my inspirational tutor, Sheila Hughes. I love every minute of my work and I am hoping to not only retain Hairdo’s existing clients but also to add a few new ones.”

Read more Success Stories here.