Whether you are thinking of a career as a hairdresser in a salon, a beauty therapist in a spa or a make-up artist in the theatre and or in the world of TV or film, we have a course for you to enable you to take your first steps. Plus, our Hairdressing courses are powered by Toni&Guy - see course details for more information.Department information
Hairdressing: Level 1 VRQ Diploma
This course introduces you to a mixture of hair and beauty units to give you the breadth of the industry that you are entering. The course will incorporate Level 2 skills in to the practical sessions in order to stretch your skills in preparation for Level 2. We would love you to come along to an open evening to witness our amazing facilities for yourselves.
Beauty Therapy: Level 2 Diploma
This full-time course is for those who want to become qualified Beauty Therapists. On this study programme you will develop your practical skills.
Hair and Media Make-Up: Level 2
This course will develop students' skills in hair and media make-up and successful completion will allow progression on to the Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up.
Hairdressing: Level 2 Apprenticeship
Hairdressing employer event: 29 February 2024. Details here Apprenticeships are a popular choice for people aged 16 or above, looking for on the job training and the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst earning a wage. Your training will be directly linked to the career you have chosen, gaining practical experience in the workplace.
Hairdressing: Level 2 VRQ Diploma
This course will help you to develop a range of practical hairdressing skills that are required in a hairdressing salon. You will learn fundamental hairdressing techniques such as cutting, colouring, styling and shampooing.
Beauty Therapy: Level 3 Diploma
This full-time Beauty Therapy course is for those who want to become qualified Beauty Therapists. The main part of your programme consists of underpinning knowledge and understanding alongside the development of practical skills within a salon environment treating paying clients.
Hairdressing: Level 3 VRQ Diploma
At Level 3 you will work on your creativity and confidence in order to deliver varied and advanced hairdressing techniques such as creative colouring, creative cutting and colour correction, in collaboration with Toni&Guy. You will work on real life clients, in both our training salons and in our commercial salon, Innovation, to put your new skills into action as you learn them.
Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up: Level 3
The Level 3 Diploma provides you with the specialist practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to seek employment within the theatrical and media make-up industry. A Level 2 Diploma or Technical Certificate in Hair and Media Make-Up is required to enable you to progress on to this Level 3 course.
All beauty therapy lecturers are experienced therapists and teachers with extensive training within the industry. Our students develop the highest standards enabling them to stand out from other applicants when applying for jobs.
All hairdressing lecturers are experienced hairdressers and teachers and are trained by Toni & Guy in the London Academy. Our lessons are delivered to the same high standards, preparing you for a successful career in the industry.
Hair & Media Make-up
If make-up is your passion, then we have the course for you! Nescot have qualifications dedicated to aspiring make-up artists. You will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of makeup and hair styling at both Level 2 and 3.
Hair & Media Make-up
Our highly trained staff will work with you to develop the highest levels of expertise.
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 two purpose-built hairdressing salons where students learn cutting, styling and colouring before progressing to work experience with paying clients.
Hair & Media Make-up
At Nescot we encourage our students to think ahead, so that they can choose the right courses to fit them and their future. We also use an innovative online platform called Start, which is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering students a single starting point to help simplify careers guidance. Students can build a personal profile aimed at guiding them throughout their career. Find out more here.
This chart shows some details about employment trends in the sector, and companies Nescot works with.
Skills you will gain
Students are trained to deliver hairdressing and beauty treatment services to the high standards expected in professional settings. The skills you will learn as you progress through your practical and classroom learning include:
- Practical skills in a variety of hair techniques
- Developing passion and industry awareness
- Organisation and communication
- Customer service
- Creative thinking
- Health & Safety
- Digital skills
- Anatomy & physiology
- Keeping to time
- Portfolio development
I didn’t know what to do when I finished school, but when I came to Nescot’s open evening and met the tutors in the Beauty department I knew it was the right choice for me. I’ve really enjoyed Level 2. When we learn a new treatment we always learn the theory first, and then we practise on each other and give feedback. Being able to experience it as a client helps you to improve your own technique, so it’s a good way to learn.
Level 2 Beauty
The best thing about the course is the variety – we do everything from stage makeup to using prosthetics to create special effects. It means I’m versatile as an artist, and it has also helped me to make an informed choice on what to do next. I’m going to university to study prosthetics and special effects, and I know that what I’ve learnt at Nescot has put me in a really good position.
Level 3 Hair & Media Makeup
The way we learn is really practical and hands-on. We learn the theory, watch a demonstration, and then do it for ourselves – and then practise until we’re confident. We have a lot of autonomy in the lessons, which I really like. The teachers trust us to work independently, but they give us lots of feedback. It’s good preparation for working in a salon.
Level 3 Hairdressing
At the moment we’re working on hair and makeup looks inspired by the 1980s, and body art inspired by Picasso. The body art is hard because you have to be really precise with the paint. My techniques have got much better since I started the course, and I feel much more confident.
Ella, Hair & Media Makeup
Health & Social Care
Nescot’s Care and Health Team are at the forefront of a fast-moving industry. We believe in treating our students as responsible adult individuals and you will rapidly grow in both ability and maturity. We pride ourselves on the fact that our students are so well regarded that employers frequently send us their vacancies because they want someone who is ‘Nescot qualified’.
Sport & Sports Science
The Sports Department’s staff are high level performers, members of national coaching squads and sports psychology coaches for elite performers. We are an innovative, energetic team who are always developing ways of bringing your learning to life.
Art & Digital Design
The Art and Design department at Nescot offers an interdisciplinary programme of study, which concludes in specialist or interdisciplinary pathways, as students develop and expand their knowledge and skill set.