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Hair and Beauty

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  • Entry is unlikely to be possible without at least a level 2 beauty/similar qualification - and most salons/spas expect level 3, usually gained from a full-time college course.
  • Some entrants train up to Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or degree level. Subjects on offer include beauty therapy, international spa management and cosmetic science.
  • Employers always look for candidates who have strong people and communication skills.


  • Most people enter the industry as an Apprentice or by doing a full-time hairdressing course at college or, occasionally, private hairdressing school 
  • As with beauty therapy, employers always look for candidates with strong people and communication skills


  • Qualifications include NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in nail services and the CIBTAC Nail Technician Diploma
  • Nail technicians can take additional qualifications to extend their skills in areas such as nail art, skin painting, make-up, massage, ear piercing and waxing
  • To do well, it is important to have a good sense of colour, creative flair and manual dexterity


For courses in higher education, see UCAS

For courses in schools and colleges, see UCAS Progress

For Apprenticeship information, including vacancies, see the National Apprenticeship Service