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

With our Hairdressing pathway at Ashford, you will be taught in modern, well-equipped, facilities by vocational lecturers who have worked, or are currently working, in the industry. They therefore have wide-ranging and current experience of industry needs and trends, and will be able to teach you up to date salon skills, which will be supported by underpinning theory knowledge.

Our facilities include Ashford College's very own commercial salon, where you can gain real life experience by looking after clients and using your hair skills on them to give them what they are looking for. Clients can be staff, fellow students or members of the public. During time with clients, you will be supervised by our own industry trained professional lecturers, who will be more than happy to help at anytime. 

You can have the opportunity to go onto a work experience placement to support your learning, or you can develop additional skills such as bridal or creative work with our Level 3 course.

Our Deputy Head of Service Industries and Hairdressing Lecturer Zoe speaks about some of the unique opportunities that only studying Hairdressing at Ashford College can bring in the video below.


For more information about our specialised Men's hair courses and an overall look at the Barbering pathway, click here. 


Courses in Hair design or Barbering can lead you to many roles in the industry. As you progress through your course you may look at working in a specialised area, or may have some practical work experience that gives you a better idea of what you are capable of. Examples of careers in this industry include...

  • Colourist
  • Stylist
  • Salon Manager
  • Image Consultant
  • Product Sales
  • Theatrical Hair Stylist
  • Wedding Specialist


Our commercial Salon located in the college grounds, offers you with a way to get practical experience on our Hairdressing/Barbering pathways. It also offers affordable hair and 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 Hairdressing/Barbering pathways include...

  • Cutting and styling
  • Colouring
  • Blow drying
  • Setting
  • Hair up styling


Career Prospects

Example: Hairdressers and barbers

 Annual pay
£8,840 - £23,920
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 19,166 jobs. In the same period, 76% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 156,393 job openings.

Role description

Hairdressers and barbers shampoo, cut, colour, style and treat hair.

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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 Hairdressing

Hairdressing and Barbering Competitions

Hairdressing and Barbering Competitions

Competitions for this pathway take place throughout the year inside and outside College, ranging from professional showcases to fun college activities. Recently, Hair and Barbering students took part in a KFE4Skills 23 Heat across the entire EKC Group, and came 1ST in all categories using their skills built on our courses!

Client Engagement

Client Engagement

Working in our commercial salon allows our students to interact with clients, build up their customer service skills and make connections in our local area. This gives them a head-start over the competition when it comes to working in the industry. 

Training by Industry Experts

Training by Industry Experts

As well as being taught by our experienced staff, we have lots of external companies and training providers who come in and teach you the skills you need. Balmain Hair came in recently to give a styling masterclass!

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Elwick Road
TN23 1NN

01233 743100