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The Shrewsbury College Hair and Beauty Training Academy offers a personalised approach to your study programme, enabling you to create a highly competitive CV by attaining nationally recognised qualifications in Hair, Beauty and/or Holistic Therapies. In addition we offer a vast array of opportunities to develop innovative skills including lava shell massage, creative hair and make- up techniques, ear piercing, Balmain hair extensions and gel polish.

Courses cover a wide spectrum from Levels 1-3 in Hairdressing, Barbering, Make-up and Nail Technician and Beauty Therapy to a Level 3 in Complementary Therapies. We offer Apprenticeships at intermediate and advanced levels in both hairdressing and beauty.

As a student you will be training in the impressive, purpose-built facilities of our commercial hair and beauty training salons where you will develop all the professional skills, competencies and knowledge needed to work in your chosen discipline.  Regular competitions are carried out within the College and judged by influential, local employers.  Furthermore students have entered national competitions such as Blackpool National Hairdressing competition and Worldskills where they have achieved gold awards.

We have strong links with employers, enabling students to attend work placements during their course, extending their commercial knowledge and facilitating networking amongst professionals. The result is that our qualified students leave as highly employable individuals with strong CVs. 

Careers in hairdressing and beauty require excellent communication skills, a high standard of personal presentation and a strong work ethic but in return offer a wealth of interesting opportunities in salons and spas, as stylists for TV, film, theatre or advertising agencies. Many beauty therapists and hairdressers set up their own business after working in the industry for a number of years.

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I am really enjoying all aspects of working in the training salon and learning skills which will hopefully make me more employable. Work experience at the college’s commercial salon Evolve taught me how a commercial salon works and gave me lots of handy tips. I’m working at a local salon whilst still attending college and plan to progress to a Level 3 Make-up course.

Gabriela Cristina Diaconescu
Gabriela Cristina Diaconescu
Level 2 Make-up and Nail Technician

Student Success

Students are regularly entered for national competitions such as the Blackpool National Hairdressing competition and Worldskills, where they have achieved gold awards. Regular competitions are carried out within the College and judged by influential, local employers. Students have achieved major success regularly raising substantial funds for local and national charities through a variety of themed events.

Past Students

Many College students go on to run their own hair, beauty or therapies businesses but the career opportunities are vast. They include working as a therapist and/or manager in a salon or as a mobile therapist, working in spa resorts, on cruise liners, running your own business employing and training others, as a makeup artist or hairdresser. Past students have also gone on to work in theatre, film and on photographic sets and as a product representative, in sales and retail and education.

Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Beauty Therapist £12,000+
  • Nail Technician £12,000+

You could move on to be a:

  • Hairdresser/ barber £30,000+
  • TV & Film Makeup Artist £200 a day +
  • Experienced Stylist £30,000+

Source: National Careers Service

At Imagine Spa at The Shrewsbury Club we have a successful partnership with Shrewsbury College - most of our staff, including me, were trained at the College. I went on to University and now I am the manager of the Spa. I would not hesitate to hire students from Shrewsbury College, as I received such great training and gained much confidence from studying there.
Sophie Thorne

Sophie Thorne
Spa Manager