Hairdressing Courses

Start Date
Full Time

This one-year course for 16-18 year olds is equivalent to 1.5 GCE A Levels. You can progress to a second year to earn the full Diploma which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course covers a wide range of hair and makeup skills, such as day and evening, character, period, fantasy, special effects, body painting, traditional hairstyling, and wigs. This is supported by studies in art, photography, costume and theatre. You will work in our newly refurbished, fully-equipped hair and makeup studios.

  • About the Course

    You will study:

    • Day makeup
    • Period makeup
    • Makeup for performers
    • Special effects such as accidents and ageing techniques
    • An introduction to facial hair attachments, wigs, prosthetic pieces and body painting
    • Theory workshops
    • Skills development and functional skills.

    You will be taught by highly qualified professional tutors who specialise in hairdressing and media makeup.

  • Additional Costs

    Additional Fees

    £535.30 kit and uniform.

  • Entry Requirements

    At least 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C / grade 9-4 (including English and maths), or a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit or distinction plus functional skills in English and maths. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Progression

    You can progress to the Diploma (120 credits) or Extended Diploma (180 credits) on a second year of study. After this you may wish to go on to our HND or HNC in Specialist Makeup, gain employment in retail makeup for MAC, Space NK or Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, or work in makeover studios or as a bridal makeup artist.

  • Assessment Method

    You will collate a makeup portfolio. There will be joint assignments covering more than one unit, and your portfolios will be continually assessed by your assessor and the internal verifier. The course is delivered in units; you can be assessed at any stage of the course when you feel competent. There are no final examinations. Your practical, oral and written work will all be assessed and feedback given at the end of each assessment.

How to Apply

Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Course Info

Courses for 16-18 years

Full Time

Level 3

Location Isleworth

Start Date 09/09/2019

BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Production Arts


Margaret Harris
Lecturer in Hairdressing and Barbering

“I studied at West Thames College before becoming a manager of a Regis salon. I now work alongside the teacher who trained me all of those years ago! In teaching I have truly found my calling.”

Margaret Harris

Sandra Cooper
Lecturer in Hairdressing

Former student, Sandra, joined the college as the salon receptionist before studying for her teaching qualification. “It’s a brilliant feeling passing on your skills to the students and seeing how they progress throughout their time at college.”

Sandra Cooper
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