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Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapy

Study pathways are offered in Hairdressing, Beauty & Spa Therapy, Specialist Make Up, Complementary Therapy and Nail Technology with further progression routes to Foundation Degree programmes with the University of Bedfordshire.

For 14yrs + fun activities such as Summer School and seminars provide tasters for vocational options offered through Barnfield Academies and Campus Luton and the Young Apprenticeship programme. These activities also provide insight into the potential careers that will follow a full-time study pathway.

Annually we participate in events to broaden the horizons of our learners; National & regional competitions such as UK Skills,  as well as fashion shows and theatre productions,.  We also take part in charity and community fund raising events such as Pasque Hospice, Hyde Park Moonwalk, BB Positive, Grove House Hospice.

Progression and Employment


Barnfield has acclaim as a L'OREAL flagship college & WELLA Centre of Excellence which supports the quality of training we are able to provide our students.  Ttogether with our many industry links our students have gone on to achieve higher qualifications including Foundation and Honours Degrees, as well as jobs within some of the top employers regionally, nationally and internationally.

Just look at what some of our students are doing now! 

  • Emma Bury- Young Apprentice HABIA skills finalist continuing her training at Barnfield

  • Daryl Mckay- Regional Winner UK SKILLS continuing her training at Barnfield

  • Josh Lamonica- Senior apprentice at HOBB trained at Barnfield

  • Kade Burgess- WHAL UK artistic team trained at Barnfield

  • Michele Damiano – WHAL UK artistic team trained at Barnfield and also now a Tutor at Barnfield College

  • Emma Crossman – STEINERS trained at Barnfield

  • Linzay Warrick- Account Manager CLARINS at Boots trained at Barnfield

  • Pavitri Tailor- Marketing team ENVIRON trained at Barnfield

  • Laura Fullstone- Salon Manager- SENSORY SPA  trained at Barnfield

  • Steve Hilliard - STEVE HILLIARD Hairdressing trained at Barnfield

  • Sue Stack - Technical Consultant AFFINAGE and Hair Salon Owner- trained at Barnfield

  • Collette Tanke - Trainee ManAger - CHARLES WORTHINGTON trained at Barnfield

  • Ummul Naqvi- FdA Specialist Make Up Course tutor trained at Barnfield progressed on to Hons Degree UoB and now tutors at Barnfield College

  • Donna McGee - Regional Training Manager for CHAMPNEYS trained at Barnfield

  • Lorraine Ely - USA West Coast Training Manager for DERMALOGICA trained at Barnfield.

  • Kerstin Schmidt - Managing Director MARINE BEAUTY CARE trained at Barnfield

The Numbers 


We have over 700 students across all disciplines, ranging through Levels 1, 2, 3, Foundation Degrees and Apprenticeships. With a full-time and part-time teaching staff base of over 60 people, we can offer plenty of support to all students and there is always lots happening.

All full time staff are qualified to teacher status with vocational specialisms which meet awarding body CPD requirements. Quality of teaching and learning is confirmed with 96% observation grades rated as good or better.



The department of Hair Beauty & Holistic Therapy is located in the service industries area of the college's New Bedford Road site.

If your future lies in the Hair & Beauty Industry then call today to find how Barnfield can help you. Contact 01582 569569 – Dawn Stow or any member of our team will be able to assist with your enquiry.


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