Ashford College - Beauty
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Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

Ashford College's fantastic industry-standard facilities and highly qualified staff with commercial backgrounds will give you the best start in the beauty industry.

If you are interested in helping people to look their best and have excellent communication and time management skills, then this could be the perfect career path for you.

Depending on the course, you will be doing a wide number of beauty treatments to get clients to look their best, such as manicure and pedicure, facial skincare, waxing, eyelash and eyebrow treatments, head massage, and ear-piercing as examples. This pathway has a strong vocational emphasis, allowing you to develop practical skills recognised by employers. You'll be encouraged to develop your own abilities, and also to communicate and interact with external clients.

Our Beauty salon allows you to practice your skills on clients from both inside and outside the college, whether it be staff, fellow students or members of the public. During this you will be under the supervision of our industry experienced professionals, who will be happy to help at anytime. 

Aromatherapist, Bridal Make-Up Artist, Customer Service, Manicurist, Massage Therapist, Nail Technician, Product Adviser, Reflexologist, Theatrical Make-Up Artist and Salon Manager are just some of the careers that qualifications in beauty therapy can lead to.



Getting a qualification in beauty therapy at Ashford College can lead to many careers in a wide variety of areas, including..

  • Aromatherapist
  • Customer Service
  • Manicurist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Nail Technician
  • Product Adviser
  • Reflexologist
  • Theatrical Make-Up Artist
  • Salon Manager


Our commercial Salon located in the college grounds, offers you with a way to get practical experience on our Beauty pathway. It also offers affordable beauty treatments to students, staff and members of the public.

In the Salon, you will be under the supervision of experienced industry professionals.

Treatments that we offer in the salon that relate to the Beauty pathway include...

  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Eye treatments
  • Back, neck and shoulder massage


Career Prospects

Example: Beauticians and related occupations

 Annual pay
£6,760 - £22,880
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 9% over the period to 2027, adding 8,681 jobs. In the same period, 76% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 70,840 job openings.

Role description

Beauticians and related workers give facial and body beauty treatments, apply cosmetics and dress wigs.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Why people love Beauty

Range of Short Courses

Range of Short Courses

At Ashford College, we offer a range of short courses throughout the year in Beauty so that you can learn fun skills for the home and skills which can lead to industry. Examples include nail techniques and skincare masterclasses!

Client Engagement

Client Engagement

Our Beauty Salon gives out students the chance to engage and interact with clients, so that they can improve their customer service and beauty skills, as well as make connections with our local community. .

Giving back to the Community

Giving back to the Community

Our Beauty students often have the chance to give back into our community. Recently we offered free pamper and beauty sessions to Afghani women in temporary accommodation in the area. They were very thankful for the makeovers, and our students got to have another experience of client work!

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Elwick Road
TN23 1NN

01233 743100