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Welcome to Hairdressing

We offer a wide selection of part-time and full-time courses in Hairdressing to prepare you for a successful career.

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You will earn commission while you learn with us in our excellent facilities at Chadwell Heath and have the opportunity to work in our commercial salon Urban Oasis. You’ll be provided with a free professional salon kit and will gain valuable experience in a real working environment by working on paying customers . You will be learning in a fantastic environment, using state –of- the- art equipment, with teachers who are industry professionals and have the opportunity to work with real clients. We have high expectations of our students and regularly enter competitions, attend trade shows and organise trips which will give you an insight into what employment opportunities are available in this diverse and exciting sector.

Hairdressing can really take you places, with a constant demand worldwide for barbers, stylists and beauticians. Many of our previous students have gone onto work for well- known hair salons, set up their own mobile businesses and even opened their own salons after completing courses with us. You can also gain employment on film sets, work in a salon or on board a cruise ship. Alternatively, you could continue your studies in further education and become a teacher or assessor. You will also have the opportunity to study additional professional courses with us throughout the year. We will support you in gaining qualifications in English and maths if you haven’t got GCSEs 9-4 and help you to find interesting work experience placements to enhance your job opportunities.

Hair Colour and Cut - professional updating refresher programme

This is a highly practical refresher programme for stylists looking to update their salon skills. This is also a suitable programme for stylists who are looking to return to work after a break.

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Part Time

Entry Level

Level 1 VTCT Diploma in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector- Salon Assistant

This qualification has been designed to introduce you to a range of practical skills from across the hair and beauty industries. You will have the chance to learn in a practical environment that will prepare you for the world of work or further education

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Full Time

Level 1

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

This qualification is for those who are interested in beginning a career in a vibrant and creative industry. You will develop important skills such as communication and teamwork.

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Full Time

Level 2

Level 3 Award in Bridal Hairstyling

This advanced course will develop the specialist skills and theoretical knowledge required to provide bridal hair services to a high occupational level. The programme would suit those in hairdressing education or already working in industry looking to extend their skills. This programme would suit t...

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Level 3

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

This qualification allows candidates to learn, develop and practice their skills required to provide hairdressing services for all hair types.The Ilford Skills Academys hair and beauty training facilities are custom-built and equipped with the latest in modern technology-offering a wide range of exc...

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Full Time

Level 3

Careers in Hairdressing

A lot of your earning potential will be governed by external factors in the Hair and Beauty industry, such as the location you work in or the salon you work for, so it isn’t just about your raw talent.

  • Colour Therapist - £30 to £60 per hour
  • Hairdresser - £14k to £30k per year
  • Hairdressing Lecturer - £20k to £30k per year
  • Hairdressing Assessor - £27K to £35k per year

Average wage rates vary significantly – these figures reflect starting salaries, and rates that can be achieved as you gain experience over time.

Case Studies

Student Success

Rukia (Level 2 NVQ in Hairdressing)

Rukia aspires to become a beauty therapist in the future. Studying both hair and beauty gives Rukia an advantage in the beauty industry.

"The hair and beauty course is very practical and I am learning how to use my skills in new ways. The facilities in the college are really good and I enjoy working in Urban Oasis with real paying clients."




Rhys Taylor (Level 2 Diploma in Barbering)

“I completed the course just two months after enrolling. It’s not like being stuck in a classroom at school. Every day was exciting and you learn a lot from the people around you. I love the lifestyle you have as a hairdresser, meeting different people every day.”

“There’s great banter, and I don’t really see it as work; I see it as something I enjoy. Every day is different and I’m always learning something new. My aim is to learn to be an assessor and have my own salon, to give people the same training opportunities I’ve had.”

“Every day of training at New City College was exciting. Now when I get up each day, I don’t feel like I’m going to work. I feel like I’m heading off to do something I enjoy.”



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