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Welcome beauty therapy applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

Guided campus tour

Get a glimpse into the facilities you will be using as a beauty therapy student at West Notts College.

What our students say

We hear from Amelia about her experience on the course, highlighting some valuable work experience and how the course has helped her progress, Mentioning new career pathways she has discovered over her time with us.

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    Kit list

    Find out what equipment and resources you'll need before you join as a West Notts student.

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FAQs - beauty therapy courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    All of our hair, beauty and make-up artistry courses are based at our Derby Road campus, Mansfield, in specialist facilities which include salons and teaching rooms. The college operates 13 different bus routes to and from this campus, both in the morning and the evening.

  • What is it like?

    The college is an adult, professional environment intended to prepare you to work in your chosen industry. As such, we expect students’ behaviour to reflect the world of work. Attendance and punctuality are very important. There are chemicals that we use in the salons that could be dangerous if not used properly. Therefore, we have very high expectations in terms of behaviour and attitude.

  • What will I study?

    The courses are a mix of practical sessions, either in a training or commercial salon, and traditional theory sessions in a classroom. The higher the level of programme, the more theory-based work you will be expected to do. It is important you understand that you will not be in a salon all the time. Your practical work will be assessed but you will also have to submit written assignments as part of your course.

    Students will be expected to spend some time in our commercial salons. These are open to members of the public and also operate in the evenings. Doing a shift in the evening is a mandatory part of the course. The college will support you with arranging transport home if that is not possible to arrange personally.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

    Take a look at our fact sheets to find out why English and maths is important within this industry.

    View English and maths fact sheets

  • What will I have to wear?

    You will be expected to wear the hair and beauty uniform, comprising of a tabard and black trousers, at all times. We also ask that all students wear fully-enclosed flat, black shoes. Hair will need to represent the industry students are studying in; e.g. hair and beauty expectations are a neat bun. Students are asked to wear minimal/neutral make-up and have nails short if working in beauty therapy. However, in hairdressing false nails are allowed if they are not too long.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    At levels 2 and 3 you will be expected to complete a work placement and the central work placement team will help you find one. This will be within a salon or a spa and is a great way for you to get your foot in the door, impress an employer and potentially move into a job or apprenticeship as a result. We have great links with local employers and have a lot of apprentices studying on-site with us.

    All of our students will be able to also get engaged with our learning companies, which provide in-house opportunities to gain real-world experience. This year students have operated a brow bar for students and staff, plus pop-up barbers and nail treatments as part of the learning companies.

  • Will there be somewhere for me to safely secure my belongings?

    Yes. You will have access to lockers. It's just a £10 deposit for the year and they are operated using a £1 coin (which will be returned to you after each use).

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  • What our teachers say

    Listen to teacher Kate Taylor tell you about her career journey in the beauty therapy industry and hear about some of the great opportunities you’re going to get on the Level 3 programme that she teaches.

  • In the news

    Hotel takeover – Thoresby Hall Hotel

    Students from West Nottinghamshire College took over the hotel’s kitchens, bars, spa, gym and restaurants once again to get real-life work experience.

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    Students put employers in the spotlight

    Our Level 2 and 3 beauty therapy students have enjoyed hearing from guest speakers over the last couple of weeks.

    Firstly they welcomed an ex-salon manager and Elemis trainer who had gone on to work in a laser clinic manager in Derby.

    They also heard from Suzi Heath, who had previously worked as a therapist on board cruise ships. She also worked as a clinic therapist for 13 years and has since gone on to be a salon owner and Tropic skincare Ambassador.

    Teachers ask students to put questions forward to ask the speakers and then additional questions at the end. They are known as ‘spotlight’ sessions and are arranged each week up until half-term. The guest speakers have also focused on Level 3 student progression and the opportunities it can open.

    Suzi Heath enjoyed meeting our students and said: “Taking part in the Q&A session with the students gave me an incredible insight into the motivation and dedication they have towards the beauty industry.

    “The questions were very varied and had clearly been well thought-out. It's clear to see with the passion they have we have got plenty of great therapists coming our way.”

Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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We offer a flexible and cost-effective travel pass to all students and apprentices.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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