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Hairdressing & Barbering

Get your start in the exciting, rewarding and ever-popular hairdressing and barbering industry by taking a course with East Durham College!

Choose your Course

Taught at our Peterlee campus, our hairdressing courses and barbering courses give you everything you need to sharpen up your skills.

Working in the hair industry is a great option for any learner. Whether you want to specialise in women's or men's hair, a hairdressing or barbering course at East Durham College will teach you everything you need to know to get you employment in a salon or barbershop.

The Region's Only Lee Stafford Hair Academy

If you're serious about a career in hairdressing, there's no better place to learn your craft than at East Durham College's Lee Stafford Hairdressing Academy!

Launching in September 2019, the college will be partnering with internationally-renowned celebrity hairstylist Lee Stafford to bring a new and exciting Level 2 course programme.

There are so many benefits to this new partnership for our students, including:

  • Celebrity Hairstylist Lee Stafford with Lee Stafford Education logoLearning the latest trends and styles from one of the world's best hairdressers
  • Exclusive Lee Stafford 'recipes' - students receive videos and recipe books from Lee, showing how to create the latest hairstyles
  • Masterclass opportunities with Lee himself, and the Lee Stafford team
  • Training from East Durham College's specialist hairdressing team, trained by the Lee Stafford Academy to deliver the best training
  • Gain the employment edge associated with the Lee Stafford name - salons across the North East and beyond will all recognise you've received best-in-class training

This is the only place in our region with a Lee Stafford academy, so there's truly no better place to learn hairdressing in the North East than right here at East Durham College!

College Salon Facilities

At EDC, we have a dedicated commercial hair salon that's open to the public. This means that you won't just be practising on mannequins and wigs - you'll get real, working experience of what it's like to work in a salon during your time with us.

Links with various hairdressing suppliers help us to provide you with the latest equipment and products, simulating a realistic salon environment.

The salon itself includes everything you'd expect from a commercial salon, including workstations with adjustable chairs, large-size mirrors and sinks for washing hair.

Alongside our salon facilities, hairdressing and barbering students also work in large-size professional workshops, where our tutors will help you to hone your skills.

Experienced, Professional Hairdressing & Barbering Tutors

You can expect to learn from the very best during your course at EDC - our tutors have worked for years in the hairdressing and barbering industries, and are masters of their craft.

Our barbering lecturer Alison Brightwell was the UK's first female to be awarded with a Master Barber title and was awarded FE Teacher of the Year in 2018, beating teachers from a wide variety of subjects across the entire country.

Hone Your Craft in Competitions & Training

Want to show off your skills? As well as gaining knowledge through your tuition, we also offer a great enrichment and events programme as part of your hairdressing and barbering course.

We regularly encourage our students to compete in various different competitions during the college year and many previous students have gone on to win prestigious competitions both regionally and at a national level.

Due to excellent links with industry, we are able to provide training sessions with experienced external hairdressers and barbers too.

Industry Links

Our strong links with the industry allow us to monitor and cascade emerging trends to students, allowing them to develop their skills further with organisations like Toni & Guy and Rusk Training.

Students are given the opportunity to attend one-day-a-week work placements, leading in many cases to employment. 

The College has a fantastic hair and beauty salon which is a state-of-the-art training salon we are incredibly proud of.

Why not join us on the salon's very own Facebook page, please follow this link:

Flexible Course Options

Are you over 19 or perhaps already working? Many of our learners are in a similar situation and take a hairdressing or barbering course at East Durham College.

We offer many different full-time and part-time course options for our hairdressing and barbering courses, meaning you can train on an evening should you have other commitments.

Specialist Training for Salons and Barbershops - Alison Brightwell Education

East Durham College also offers a bespoke training service for salons and barbershops, taught by renowned barbering professional Alison Brightwell.

Alison is able to offer one-to-one training sessions, as well as group sessions for barbering/salon professionals looking to learn new skills, and more about men's hair. 

To learn more about this service, please click here, or call our salon reception on 0191 518 8300.

Apply For a Course

Are you interested in a hairdressing/barbering course at East Durham College?

Take a look below for our full list of courses which we have available. If you'd like to apply, click one of the course below for more information, then find the 'Apply Now' button on the page.

Any questions? Contact our Student Services team on 0191 518 8222, or email You can also contact us on the website.

Available short and part time course(s) are listed below:

For course start dates (where relevant), please check within the individual course page itself.

Available full time and/or part time course(s) are listed below:

The full time and/or part time course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during the academic year 2022/2023. Please note some courses are now full for September 2021 starts.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in hair and beauty, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website