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Hair and Beauty

Transform your passion for beauty and aesthetics into a fulfilling career.

Learn the skills and experiences needed for this ever-changing industry in a range of areas, including Hairdressing, Barbering, Theatrical Make-up and more.

The Salon and Spa

You will train in our industry-standard salon and spa, where you can work with professional equipment on real-life clients.

These will give you the experiences you need to make it in the industry, and put you above the competition.

Our salon and spa is open for appointments throughout the academic year.

Beauty student working

EKC Canterbury College students take part in KFE4Skills Competition 2024

15 March 2024
EKC Canterbury College students competed in KFE4SKILLS and showcased their skills in a range of different industries.

Practical Experiences

As well as working in our on-site salon and spa, our students also get lots of practical experiences outside the course, such as working on makeup looks for shows held in our Lanfranc theatre.

Skills Competitions

Throughout their course, all our Hair and Beauty students get the chance to take part in competitions, such as the KFE4Skills Awards.

Hair and Media Makeup student, Hannah won this year’s Gold Medal at the KFE contest for her Fashion and Photographic Makeup look.

Beauty student working on a clients makeup

Taught by Industry Professionals

Our students are taught by highly qualified tutors, many of whom have extensive industry experience.

Katrina Hobbs, Deputy Head of Professional Services, spent many years travelling the world with and teaching for the International Dermal Institute.

She is a firm believer that training and education is the key to success.

How you apply for a course at Canterbury College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our Hair and Beauty courses, and see what is right for you.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply on our website through our application portal.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come along to an interview here at EKC Canterbury College, where you can meet our team and enrol onto one of our courses.

beauty student Isabelle

“I have secured a job at Champney’s Eastwell Manor as a Spa Therapist. I love studying Beauty at College because it is so interesting learning about how different treatments benefit clients and their different needs for their skin.”

Isabelle Brady
Beauty student
beauty student Maddie

“I am really enjoying my course so far. I have used the skills I’ve learnt and built my confidence to now being able to run my own small business as a freelance Make-Up Artist.”

Maddie Wells
Theatrical Makeup student
Phillippa testimonial talking about the experiences at college

“The facilities on the Hairdressing course are fantastic; it’s amazing that we get to offer our services to real-life clients. This has given me a real sense of what being a Hairdresser is like, and has definitely developed my customer service skills.”

Phillippa Worthington
Hairdressing student

We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.