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.
Our Hair and Beauty courses are offered at our Harpuhey (Level 1 - Level 3 courses) and Wythenshawe (Level 1 - Level 3 courses) campuses.
Can you reach your potential in Hair and Beauty? You can with us!
Make it possible today, view our range of Hair and Beauty courses and enrol to study at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.
Whether you’re leaving school and want to start your journey in hair and beauty industry 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 and you've obtained the necessary entry requirements, you’ll be able to join our Industry Excellence Academy for Hair and Beauty and study our Level 3 Beauty Therapy qualification which has been developed in partnership with SCI-U and includes a 35-day industry placement plus the chance to work with paying clients in our Studios of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.
Alternatively, 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 and have the opportunity to take part in work experience in prominent salons and studios in the area, building your confidence and skills. Once you're ready, you'll also get the the chance to work with paying clients in our studios.
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 such as Salon Management, 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:
Sue Hadfield - Assistant Principal
Sue possesses more than 25 years’ experience working in the further education sector and 35 years in the service and retail industry, specifically within hospitality and catering.
She is passionate about making a difference to students’ lives across the Service and Retail Industries department, enabling them to realise their dreams through high quality aspirational training and education.
Lisa Breakey - Head of Department - Harpurhey
Lisa has more than 30 years’ experience working and teaching in the industry having worked as a hairstylist and head hairstylist as well as a wig stylist providing services for TV, theatres and the NHS.
Lisa has dedicated over 15 years to teaching a range of hair and media make-up programmes at further education level and is focused on ensuring each learner receives an equal opportunity to reach their full potential as the next generation of stylists, therapists and business owners.
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 Facilities and Locations
Our Hair and Beauty courses are taught at our Harpurhey campus in North Manchester and our Wythenshawe 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 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 HairdressingHarpurhey Campus
Tel. 0161 674 3209
South Manchester Studio of Hairdressing and Beauty*Northenden Campus
Tel. 0161 674 8231
*Moving to Wythenshawe Campus in Autumn 2022
19+adult courses starting in 2023/24
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Top Careers Opportunities
Therapy professionals n.e.c.
Average Salary £25,800
Hairdressing & beauty salon managers & proprietors
Average Salary £23,100
Hairdressers and barbers
Average Salary £12,600
Zoe Derench • Hairdressing Level 3
I’ve learnt techniques including creative styling, bridal hair and men’s hair and have found creative styling the most interesting. My tutor is always there when we need help and to boost our confidence. I’m hoping to open my own salon in the future.
Rebecca Grange Yanez • Nail Technologies
Suffer from adhd and the tutors have really helped me to get on track and follow my dreams. I have so much confidence to succeed and they are all very encouraging.
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