Hair and Beauty

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Give your future a make-over and get ready for an exciting and rewarding career in the beauty industry at Hull College!

Worth billions of pounds in the United Kingdom, the beauty sector is ideal for those who have a creative flair, enjoy helping others look and feel good about themselves and have a passion for keeping up with the latest trends. Whether you choose to study Beauty Therapy, Make-Up Artistry or Nail Enhancements, our courses provide the perfect balance of theory and practical assignments, enabling you to build your knowledge and gain experience ready for the working world.

You will work with and be supported by our experienced tutors, who have a wealth of industry knowledge and employer links to share with you to aid your development and progress. You will also have access to an extensive range of high-quality training facilities, all designed to mirror an industrial level, and have the chance to work on real-life clients in our commercial salon - Salon QG. In addition, studying with us also provides you with the opportunity to showcase your skills in events and competitions, whilst benefiting from exciting industry placements and guest demonstrations from industry professionals.

Whatever your area of interest, studying with Hull College will give you the skills and knowledge to get you industry-ready and set you on the path to securing your dream job. Our courses not only teach you how to apply treatments safely and effectively, but also how to set up and run your own business.

Industry Insights

There were more than 46,000 hair and beauty businesses operating in the UK in 2021, a 3% rise on the previous year.

According to data gathered by the Office for National Statistics, there were 44,880 beauty and hairdressing businesses operating in the UK in March 2020, with 3,690 of those in Yorkshire and the Humber.

65% of people who worked in beauty in 2020 were self-employed (up from 57% in 2019).

In 2021, 93% of the nail technician workforce was female and 7% was male. 16% of nail and beauty business managers were male.

What Careers could this lead to?

A career in the beauty industry can take you anywhere in the world! If you like being your own boss, you could also have your own business or even go freelance. With so many different pathways and potential opportunities for employment, a career in the beauty industry is incredibly fulfilling. Potential roles include...

Aromatherapist, Beauty Consultant, Beauty Sales Rep, Beauty Therapist, Eyelash Technician, Make-Up Artist, Massage Therapist, Nail Technician, Salon Manager/Owner, Skincare Specialist, Spa Manager, Skin Care Therapist, Teacher, Teeth Whitening Specialist.


English and maths are important life skills that will help you to succeed in your education, career and everyday life.

If you have not yet achieved your Grade 4 in the new GCSE examinations or a Grade C in the old GCSE examinations, in either English and/or maths, you will continue to study these subjects as part of your study programme to help you work towards this level, supported by our dedicated tutors.

Improving your skills can not only enhance your job opportunities and career prospects, but also open the doors to further study and university.

Benefits of improving your English and maths skills include...

  • They will help you to progress to higher level study
  • They will enable you to get you a better job
  • You will be able to access more career opportunities
  • They will help you earn more money in the future
  • They will provide you with better life opportunities

Success Stories

Carla Dyson has built up a reputation within the beauty industry for excellence and dedication to her craft.

As a renowned make-up artist with over a decade of accolades across many continents, Carla is celebrated for her wealth of knowledge, unique artistry and attention to detail. She has been honing her craft in both Melbourne and right across the United Kingdom and Europe for the last 12 years, which has seen her work with some of Australia’s leading make-up and fashion brands - including Kookai, Bonds, Champion, Dotti, Myer and Frank Body.

As one of the most sought-after makeup artists in the industry, Carla also expanded her business to include The Creative Directory - a network of Melbourne’s most talented freelance Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists. And it all began for Carla right here at Hull College, when she completed a diploma in Beauty Therapy back in 2008.

Reflecting on her time studying at the college, Carla said: "When I began studying at Hull College, I didn’t have an exact idea of where I wanted my career to go, however on the first make-up class, I found my real passion, I realised this is what I wanted to specialise in.

"I would not have found my passion for make-up without studying the diploma in Beauty Therapy. I also feel the skills I learnt at Hull College have stuck with me throughout my career so far. I have a strong knowledge of skin which goes hand-in-hand with make-up artistry - amazing make-up always starts with healthy skin!"

Why Hull College should be your first choice..

Choosing to continue your education with us is about more than just gaining a qualification, it is the perfect opportunity to prepare yourself for your chosen career - whether you are a school leaver or adult learner.

We believe in providing you with the best opportunities for development through our inspirational teaching, excellent facilities, and strong connections to employers to help set you on the path to the career of your dreams. We care about your future and want to help you achieve your full potential.