Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

To work in this industry you will need creative flair, teamwork and communications skills and there are many different career paths to suit your specific interests.

As well as hair styling, there’s a growing demand for spa therapists and alternative practitioners. Working hours and conditions will vary, from local salons to large multi-specialist spas, and many people in the health and beauty industry go on to run their own businesses.

Why choose us?

At Bedford College, we can offer you the chance to gain all the skills that you will need to begin a successful career in the hair, beauty and holistic therapies industries. You will have the opportunity to train in the high class facilities at BROOKS, our commercial hair and beauty salon. Our courses will equip you with all the professional skills, competencies and knowledge you will need to work in the industry. You will also have the opportunity to take additional qualifications as part of your studies, for example in customer service or self-tanning, which will enhance your employability when you leave College.


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Student success

We are renowned for producing award-winning students who consistently perform at their best. In the last few years alone, students have won the Pantene Pro-V Awards and the Hairdressing Council’s ‘Student of the Year’ award four times, as well as being placed first runner-up in the finals of the national Jane Iredale makeup competition out of over 200 colleges who entered.

Earn and learn

We offer apprenticeships to give you the chance to gain skills and experience in a working salon, at the same time as you work towards a formal qualification. 5th Avenue, a hair and beauty salon in Bedford, currently employ a number of College apprentices who report that they have been able to build up their own clientele, gained lots of confidence and customer care skills and enjoyed the opportunity to be creative and experiment with different techniques, with lots of support from both the salon and their tutors at College.

Get creative and show off your skills
You will have the opportunity to showcase your talents in the Hair & Beauty Show, which last year saw students displaying creative cuts, styles and make-up techniques based on a theme of myths, fairytales and legends. This will give you the chance to work towards an event that will celebrate your creative talents and practical skills.