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Hair & Beauty

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.

Available courses

The Hair & Beauty Department

Beauty Therapy

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.

      What You Can Expect

      Beauty Therapy

      • The opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as spray tanning, eyelash extensions and ear piercing.
      • Train with high-end products such as NYX make-up and Eve Taylor face and body aromatherapy skincare.


      • The hairdressing department is powered by the multi-award wining hairdressing brand Toni & Guy, including visits from the team and seminars in the London Academy.
      • Train with top hairdressing brands and products including L’Oreal and Label.m.
      • Vibrant lessons that are interactive and realistic to the hairdressing industry.

      Hair & Media Make-up

      • Opportunity to do work placements in local theatres as well as being supported in finding your own work in the make-up field.
      • Level 3 includes airbrushing, media effects, wig styling and much more. Perfect if you are looking for a career in TV and film.
      • Attend industry workshops with leading brands such as Kryolan and NYX.
      • Develop your skills by doing the make-up for our own performing arts productions.
      Our Staff

      Our highly trained staff will work with you to develop the highest levels of expertise.

      Our Facilities

      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.



      Beauty Therapy

      • Beauty therapist
      • Cosmetics retail
      • Cruise ship salons
      • Facial treatments
      • Fashion
      • Hair and beauty sales
      • Brand trainer
      • Image consultant
      • Make-up artist
      • Massages
      • Nail technician
      • Receptionist
      • Salon manager
      • Spa manager
      • Television, film and theatre


      • Barber
      • Colour technician
      • Cruise ships
      • Fashion
      • Hair and beauty sales
      • Brand trainer
      • Hairdresser
      • Image consultant
      • Receptionist
      • Salon stylist
      • Salon manager
      • Spas stylist
      • Television, film and theatre

      Hair & Media Make-up

      • Cosmetics Retail
      • Image consultant
      • Make-up artist - film, freelance, live music, photographic shoots, television or theatre
      • Make-up trainer
      • Special effects make-up artist

      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.

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      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
      • Numeracy
      • Health & Safety
      • Digital skills
      • Anatomy & physiology  
      • Keeping to time 
      • Portfolio development 
      • Self-management 

      Photograph of a Nescot student

      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

      Photograph of a Nescot student

      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

      Photograph of a Nescot student

      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