Hair & Beauty

It’s a fact, when we look good it helps us to feel good. So, it’s no surprise that Hair and Beauty is a global, multi-billion-pound industry and here at The Manchester College – the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement* - we offer you a huge range of tools to become part of this exciting enterprise.

Whatever the goal, becoming a barber, beauty therapist, hairdresser or nail technician, running your own salon or using your new transferable skills to help you travel the world, we’ve got a huge range of Hair and Beauty courses to help you learn all the essential skills you’ll need to start your journey.

*NARTS 18/19

  • Whether you’re leaving school and want to start your journey in our Centre of Excellence or you’re an adult looking to change careers, we have a range of Hair and Beauty courses available from Entry Level to Level 3.

    If you’re 16-18, you’ll join our Centre of Excellence for Hair and Beauty when you enrol on any of our Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Hair and Beauty or Hairdressing courses.

    You’ll have the opportunity to take part in work experience in prominent salons and studios in the area, building your confidence and skills and, when you’re ready, you’ll have the chance to work with paying clients in our Studios of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.

    Adult courses

    If you’re over the age of 19, we offer a range of courses and short courses throughout the year.

    Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, you want to explore the hair, beauty or make-up industry or you’re already in the industry and want to add a new treatment to your repertoire, our courses are suitable for all ages and abilities.

    We offer adult courses in a wide range of specialist areas including Salon Management, Asian Bridal Masterclass, Gel Polish, Spray Tanning, Beard Work, Skin Fade and much more!

  • With a wealth of experience across the Hair and Beauty industry, our team are perfectly placed to support and guide you to a successful career.

    You’ll learn from their experiences running and owning their own salons as well as working with some of the leading brands in the industry.

    Passionate about teaching the next generation of Hair and Beauty professionals, they are constantly ensuring their knowledge and skills are up-to-date by continuing to work in industry and by attending skills sessions from well-known salons and brands.

    Get to know some of our tutors:

    Elizabeth Peters - Assistant Principal

    Liz Peters has 30 years’ experience in the Service Industries. Having trained as a beauty therapist at City College Manchester, her career has covered salon therapy, salon ownership, teaching and managing in both further and higher education programmes ranging from her own subject to Hospitality and Catering, Sport Therapies and creative programmes.

    Liz is passionate about improving the lives and the employability skills of students in Greater Manchester.

    Laura Parkinson - Head of Department - Harpurhey

    Laura is head of department for Hair, Beauty and Retail. Laura has 14 years education experience at The Manchester College and has written for national awarding bodies within the Hair, Beauty and Retail industry.

    Laura’s drive for designing an innovative curriculum that supports learner progression in their chosen career routes means she regularly links with employers and industry experts to meet the latest industry needs and give learners real life work experience opportunities.

    Cathryn Lyon - Head of Department - Northenden

    Cathryn possesses over 30 years of experience in the Beauty Therapy industry having worked both nationally and internationally as a college lecturer and manager.

    Though her initial specialism lies in Beauty Therapy, she has delivered the Level 4 Skin Rejuvenation and Hair Removal qualifications after her time as a National Trainer for a leading equipment supplier.

    Joanne Robinson - Hair and Beauty Therapy Tutor - Harpurhey

    Joanne has been a qualified Beauty Therapist for 26 Years, and has taught at the Manchester College for 16 Years, teaching on the Level 1 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy courses.

    Her career has taken her all the way to Australia where she worked as a Salon Manager and specialised in massage therapy.

    Jenny Brathwaite - Hair and Beauty Therapy Tutor - Northenden

    Jenny has been in the hairdressing profession for over 30 years and has lots of experience to share with students. From working in salon’s in Manchester to teaching for up to 10 years.

    Jenny teaches VTCT level 2 and 3 Practical and Theoretical Hairdressing skills and City and Guilds Level 3 Hairdressing, Including African type hair and hair extensions.

  • Our Hair and Beauty courses are taught at our Harpurhey Campus in north Manchester and our Northenden Campus in south Manchester.

    At both campuses you’ll train in professional, fully stocked salons at our Studios of Hairdressing, Beauty and Make-up, where you’ll have access to all the tools you’d find in a commercial environment. In our studios you’ll get the opportunity to be creative, hone your technical abilities and develop your customer service skills working with real paying clients.

    You’ll have access to our hairdressing and barbering salons and beauty therapy rooms, each boasting the latest in technology and equipment so you can perfect the latest hair style, beauty technique or relaxing treatment.

    Each of our salons and beauty therapy rooms are fully stocked with the latest products from brands such as Wella, Eve Taylor, Steiner, Moyra, Cuccio and more allowing you to expand your product knowledge whilst working with leading brands.

  • North and South Manchester Studios of Hairdressing, Beauty and Make-up

    Get a fresh cut, a trending style, an amazing make-over or enjoy a relaxing pampering session from the next generation of hairdressers, barbers, make-up artists and beauty therapists in our fully equipped, state of the art studios.

    Open to students, staff and members of the general public.

    For more information, to request a treatment price list or to book an appointment or consultation call:

    North Manchester Studio of Hairdressing

    Harpurhey Campus, Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, Manchester, M9 4AF

    Tel. 0161 674 3209

    South Manchester Studio of Hairdressing and Beauty

    Northenden Campus, Sale Road, Northenden, Manchester, M23 0DH

    Tel. 0161 674 8231

  • Find out even more about our Hair and Beauty department in our subject area guide or on our YouTube playlist:

    Download our subject area guide

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  • We’ve got you!

    Get the career you want in Hair and Beauty at The Manchester College.

    View our range of Hair and Beauty courses and apply to study at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester online today!

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  • Go further with our Centre of Excellence for Adult Education and study a 19+ adult course starting in 2021! 

    Browse our wide range of courses and apply today.

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We have been working with The Manchester College now for the past 4 years. We have always found them to be extremely supportive and flexible in their approach accommodating our every business need irrespective of the age of the person enrolled with them. Whenever we are looking to recruit apprentices or newly trained staff, The Manchester College is always our first port of call.

Mike Messenger • Ed’s Hair & Beauty

I started a level 1 hairdressing course at The Manchester College 3 years ago and loved it. I learnt so much being in college, it was great. I went from level 1 to level 2 and I’m now on my level 3 course. The College really helped grow my confidence and helped me find employment. I am now working towards being a full-time stylist in the salon.

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