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The hairdressing and barbering industries are the perfect choice for those who like the idea of combining technical skill and creative flair all within a sociable environment. With the hair and beauty industry worth approximately £6 billion in the UK, there will always be demand for highly skilled hair professionals. And as men’s grooming habits continue to change, there is still some way to go for the barbershop boom.

Why hairdressing and barbering

Are you creative with an eye for detail? A perfectionist who loves nothing more than making someone feel special?

This is a fun industry for those with a genuine interest but interest will only get you so far. Client relationships are crucial, so those working in this industry must have good customer service skills. 

Whether you wish to work at the beating heart of the industry by running or working at a local salon, or dream of entering the world of fashion and media, the courses at City College will not only develop your theoretical knowledge, but will hone your practical skills and creativity, turning you into the perfect professional.

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Choose your course

Junior Hair & Beauty Academy – Hairdressing (for 14-16 year olds)

  • Course code: JHBA1
  • Level: E
  • Qualification: College Certificate
  • Awarding body: City College Plymouth, City College Plymouth
  • Duration: Seven weeks
  • Course type: Short course

Hair, Barbering and Beauty Industries (Introduction)

  • Course code: IHBA
  • Level: 1
  • Qualification: Award
  • Awarding body: City & Guilds (C&G)
  • Duration: Nine weeks
  • Course type: Short course

Women’s and Men’s Hairdressing

  • Course code: DWMH
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Awarding body: City & Guilds (C&G)
  • Duration: One year
  • Course type: Full-time
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Future Careers

What you could earn:

Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors


Potential salary


Entry level salary


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