Beauty & Hair
Our two new hairdressing salons are stylishly kitted out each with 16 styling stations and brand new professional equipment.
You will train in one of our on-site salons, where clients will come and pay for treatments with you, you will work in partnership with our staff to develop the highest levels of expertise.
The staff have experience ranging from working as therapists on first-class airlines and cruise ships, to senior level practitioners in the country’s top salons and, due to the practical nature of this course, you will develop a real relationship with them.
One of the things our department is most proud of is that the majority of our students progress through to the highest levels here at Nescot. For example the majority of our Level 2 students will be starting the Level 3 course in September. We believe this is down to the way we teach our courses. We get to know you so our teaching fits your personality. Whether you are a star pupil or have struggled in the past, Nescot can give you the skills you need to become a top flight beauty expert or hairdresser.
The department has three professional beauty therapy salons where you will use our professional facial, body and electrical equipment to treat members of the public.
We also have a new, purpose-built hairdressing salon where students learn cutting, styling and colouring before progressing to work experience with paying clients.
The department is also a licensed supplier of MATIS products.
Links with Other Organisations
Throughout our history, the department has built strong links with the types of companies you may want to work with. You will meet organisations such as global spa industry leaders Steiner, Clarins, Elemis here at the college, to bring that dream job within your reach. We also invite famous beauty names such as Fake Bake and MATIS to give you workshops and masterclasses in how to use their products.
Your Education and Career
Past students are part of an exciting, fast growing industry and range from sole operators running their own businesses, to therapists with some of the most prestigious international companies like ADEVA Spa, Steiner and Clarins.
So whether it’s higher education or the glamour of the international beauty industry, the Beauty Department at Nescot can take you where you want to go.
- Lauren O'Neill
- Beauty Level 3
What made you decide to study Beauty at Nescot?
After my GCSEs a lot of people told me to do A-Levels but I knew I wanted to study Beauty. I’d done work experience at a salon and enjoyed it so much. I’m a people person and, as well as enjoying the work, I like the contact and the relationship you build with clients.
I did visit other colleges but chose Nescot because I liked the atmosphere. My brother went here and always said it was a really good college.
How has the college lived up to your expectations?
There’s always something going on here, in the canteen or around college. I remember one lunchtime they had a DJ in, which I really enjoyed. The college is easy to get around and people are friendly. Everyone smiles when they pass you in the corridor here.
I work in a salon part time and do a lot of dance, including regular shows at the Epsom Playhouse, so I don’t have as much time to spend around college this year. It is a lovely place to be though.
And your course?
Firstly, the tutors here are lovely people, really nice. You develop a good relationship with them. Last year, when something was bothering me my tutor actually noticed I’d been a bit quieter than usual and asked me if everything was alright. I had a good chat with her about what was on my mind. You can talk to the staff here about anything.
The course itself is great and I’ve enjoyed everything really, although it is more interesting this year as you have more skills so can do a lot more. The college also gets lots of specialists in to give training and talks. We had Fake Bake do a tanning demo and Steiner and Clarins doing talks and practical sessions.
The highlight for me has been the massage. There’s a lot of theory. You need to know all your anatomy before you can work on the muscles so there is a lot to learn. It’s so satisfying though, feeling the client relax and seeing how much they’re enjoying it.
How has your time at Nescot changed you?
I’ve grown up a lot because of the way you’re treated here. At college, if you don’t do something it’s your responsibility. They’ll explain how you’ll benefit if you do the work and give you all the help you need but it’s ultimately your choice. It’s a totally different environment to school and it makes you more focussed on what you need to do. I’ve learned a lot about how I want my working life to be.
We went on a salon trip to a very high end place a while ago and I realised it wasn’t the environment I would be happiest in. The salon I work in at the moment has a lot of regular clients and you build a very strong relationship with them over time. I’ve realised how important that is to me. This course does make you focus on your career a lot more.
What advice would you have for anyone thinking of doing your course?
Trust your gut instinct, I’m so happy I came to Nescot to do this and I knew it was right for me. Also, don’t just pick a course because you think you’ll get a job at the end of it. It’s so important to be learning something you enjoy. Education is not just about getting a job it’s about finding out about yourself.
What are your plans for the future?
When I’ve finished here I would like to go full-time at the salon I work in and see how far that will take me. I would like to have my own salon one day though. If I could do any job in the world I would like to fly planes I think that would be fantastic!
- Hairdressing Staff Experience
- Past students are part of an exciting, fast growing industry and range from sole operators running their own businesses, to therapists with some of the most prestigious international companies such as ADEVA Spa, Steiner and Clarins.
- Ofsted rated our department as, ‘good’ in our latest inspection.
- Masterclasses from industry experts.
- We have great links with companies like global spa industry leader, Steiner.
- We are a licensed supplier of MATIS products.
- Our beauty staff have experience ranging from working as therapists on first class airlines and cruise ships, to senior level practitioners in the country’s top salons. Due to the practical nature of this course you will develop a real relationship with them.
- You will train in our onsite salons treating Nescot students, staff and members of the public.