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Hair and Beauty

Transform your passion for beauty and aesthetics into a fulfilling career.

Learn the skills and experiences needed for this ever-changing industry in a range of areas, including Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty.

Hairdressing student and tutor working on a client

Elwick Salon

You will train in our industry-standard salons, where you can work with professional equipment on real-life clients.

These will give you the experiences you need to make it in the industry, and put you above the competition.

Our salon and spa is open for appointments throughout the academic year.

Hairdressing student and tutor working on a client

Practical Experiences

As well as working in our on-site salons, our students also get lots of practical experiences outside the course, such as working on hair and beauty makoevers for charities in our community.

Hairdressing student working on a client

Skills Competitions

Throughout their course, all our Hair and Beauty students get the chance to take part in competitions, such as the KFE4Skills Awards.

Hairdressing student Alanna (left) came 2nd in the KFE4Skills23 Finals for her Masquerade look.

Beauty student massaging a clients hands.

Adult Learning

We offer a variety of short courses, specifically designed for adult learners. Whether you’re looking to begin a new career, upskill and add services to your offer or simply learn more about a hobby, we’ve got a course for you.

How you apply for a course at EKC Ashford College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our Hair and Beauty courses, and see what is right for you.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply on our website through our application portal.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come along to an applicant day here at EKC Ashford College, where you can meet our team and enrol onto one of our courses.

Outside shot of Ashford College

Career prospects

Salon Proprietors
Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of hairdressing salons, beauty treatment and similar establishments.
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We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.