Study Hairdressing Via Private Training Providers

Private training providers often have smaller classes and allow you to achieve your qualification quicker, but you may incur a higher tuition fee

There are thousands of private academies around the UK that can train you to become a hairdresser – some of them linked to top hairdressers like Andrew Collinge, and others to leading salon groups like Toni&Guy and the Francesco Group. Some courses are Government-funded, so long as you meet eligibility requirements, but for others you will have to pay – at Toni&Guy, for example, the NVQ Level 3 Beginner’s Course, designed to get you salon-ready, costs £13,000 plus VAT for a 30-week full-time programme.

The advantage of private training providers over Colleges of Further Education is that class sizes tend to be significantly smaller, so you’ll get more one-to-one tuition, and you can achieve your qualification in a shorter amount of time. Private training providers also have the luxury of upgrading essential tools and equipment whenever they feel necessary; within a college institution you would have to go through the college’s financial processes, which can be very time-consuming.

Private training providers also offer variety and flexibility for more mature learners. For example, since September 2020 Westrow has delivered education courses for adults 19+ on a part-time basis, both through the day and evenings. Students attend the Westrow House Academy in Leeds once a week for three to four hours and study both the theory and practical aspect of hairdressing and barbering. Over a period of nine months they will achieve a Level 1 in hairdressing and barbering and can choose to continue their studies for a further 12 months and achieve a full Level 2 in hairdressing or barbering. This is via the NVQ route, through the VTCT awarding body.

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