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Welcome to Hair & beauty

Are you interested in a career that involves working with people to make them look and feel their best? Do you:

  • love experimenting with new hairstyles or applying make-up?
  • spend forever scrolling through Instagram checking out the latest celeb hair and make-up trends?
  • love the idea of working in a luxurious beauty spa?
  • dream about working in media make-up and special effects?

Our hair and beauty department has built a reputation amongst employers as the best in the city. We’ll show you everything you need to make it in the industry by working on paying clients in a real salon environment. This is where our Revive salon comes in. At our City Campus, you’ll find Revive, a real working salon with real paying customers. You’ll learn everything from working on reception to ordering products; creating price lists, special events and treating customers. We’ll teach you what you need to know to work in a salon, hairdressers, spa, on set, or to set up your own business.

That said, beauty doesn’t just have to be confined to a salon environment. Our media make-up programmes prepare you for careers on film, theatre and tv sets by exploring the latest special effects make-up and techniques. During your time with us, we’ll help you to shine and get spotted by employers. Our students take part in various competitions throughout the year where you’ll get to showcase the skills you’ve learnt and test yourself against national competition.

We know that in today’s environment not only will you need hair and beauty skills, you’ll also need to learn how to run a business, deal with customers, manage a company and so much more. That’s why our study programmes aim to make you work-ready – something today’s employers love to see.


Spotlight on...

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Hair & Media Makeup

Whilst we offer Hair & Beauty courses from Level 1 all the way up to university level, why not take a minute to find out a bit more about our Level 2 Hair & Media Makeup study programme?

Check out the quick facts below and watch the video to see our FAQs about this course!

  • Location: City Campus
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Qualification: BTEC
  • Start date: September 2020


Click here for full details

Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your Hair & Beauty career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, join one of our Employers Skills Academies or head straight into an Apprenticeship, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our Hair & Beauty courses and Apprenticeships. 

What kind of work will I do on my course?

Whether it's learning to give a specialist beauty treatment or serving the general public in The Revive Hair & Beauty Salon, our students are given plenty of opportunities to use the skills they are taught.

Our full-time study programmes will give you the opportunity to build on your technical and theoretical knowledge, but most importantly you will learn how to put your practical skills into action. 

Just take a look at these pictures and see the amazing work that our students do on a day to day basis.


Trips, Visits & Competitions

During your time with us we’ll help you to shine and get spotted by employers. Our students take part in various competitions throughout the year where you’ll get to showcase the skills you’ve learnt and test yourself against national competition. We also regularly invite in guest lecturers and speakers


so that you can get an idea of what it really takes to make it in this competitive industry. Most recently we've had wig-maker and make-up artist, Ella Burton, attend the college for a full demonstration of her incredible hair and make-up artistry.

Join the Kryolan Professional Make-up Academy

Kryolan have been supplying the film, theatre and television industries for over 70 years, which makes them one of the world’s first professional make-up brands. They remain the number one choice for make-up artists today, thanks to their extensive range of over 16,000 high-quality make-up products and accessories.

Their qualified chemists are continuously developing new products and looking for raw materials with exceptional qualities – which led to the development of their Dermacolor range, which attracted the attention of clinical dermatologists all over the world.

The Kryolan Professional Make-up Academy trains our hair and beauty students to the best of their ability, exposing them to unique opportunities such as live demos, workshops and seminars.


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The hair and beauty training facilities at our City Campus are second to none! We have numerous custom-built, professionally-equipped training salons where you will learn to perform all of the treatments and cutting skills required to work as a professional hairdresser, barber or beautician. Each training salon is equipped with industry-standard sinks, mirrors and chairs, as well as all of the same professional quality tools and equipment that you would expect to find in a commercial salon. Use the button to the left to take a virtual tour around our facilities.

On top of your day-to-day learning, you will also have the opportunity to gain work experience in our fully-operational salon, Revive.

What can I do once I finish my studies?

At The Sheffield College, we know the importance that hands-on experience plays not only in your education but also in your chances of finding employment once you finish your journey with us, particularly in such a vocational industry! That's why all of our hair and beauty study programmes provide you with the essential practical experience in our industry-standard salons.

You will have had the opportunity to gain work experience in our fully operational commercial salon, Revive throughout your study programme gaining experience in tasks that will form part of your day-to-day workload once you enter employment. 

Job openings in the hair and beauty sector are on the rise, with 400 new positions set to open up in the Sheffield City Region by 2022. 

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC