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Hair & Beauty

Perfect your professional skills with our Hair & Beauty courses taught within our Inspiration salons. Using the latest techniques and technology, you’ll gain excellent experience in hair, beauty and complementary therapies designed to prepare you to launch your career.

experience and expert tuition

With locations on both Truro and Penwith campuses, our Inspiration salons provide a training ground where you’ll hone your skills serving members of the public.

All of our hair, beauty and complementary therapy students, including Apprentices and adult learners, will have access to the salon working environments.

Leading experts in hair and beauty come to our Colleges to teach you special classes and give exciting demonstrations.

Alongside traditional Hair & Beauty courses, we also offer theatrical and special effects makeup courses for all ages. During this qualification, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice behind all kinds of media makeup and hair artistry.

Click above to watch our film about studying Hair & Beauty at Truro and Penwith College and the career and university opportunities available to you.

Anna Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing Hair and Beauty student
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I always knew that I enjoyed hairdressing but I didn't know I could actually take it further into a career. My eyes have been opened to the opportunities on offer.

Anna - VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing

honing your talents

You’ll be able to take part in the annual Cornish Skills competition, where you’ll display your creativity and talent over a wide range of hair and beauty categories. Many of our outstanding students go on to win at the national UK Skills competition.


Truro and Penwith College was awarded the national Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship Provider of the Year award at the AAC Apprenticeship Awards in March 2020 for its work with local employers and awarding body VTCT to ensure taught skills meet the needs of employers and career routes in the sector.

Learners who are ready to enter the workplace can start a quality career with top employers while learning from specialist tutors and training in the College’s industry-standard salons in Hairdressing, Barbering, Nails and Beauty.

far reaching skills for all

We offer a large selection of part-time Hair & Beauty courses, including certificates in areas such as sports massage, aromatherapy and crystal healing.

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To apply for a hair and beauty course at Truro and Penwith College, visit the course page on our official college website and complete your application online.

Entry requirements for hair and beauty programs vary. Check the specific course details on the college website or prospectus or contact the admissions office for the most accurate and up-to-date information on entry requirements.

Hair and beauty students all receive meaningful industry placement of 315 hours minimum. There is also active engagement with national industry professionals. Our annual Salon Cornwall event provides students with the opportunity to meet professionals and access industry-standard workshops and talks. Guest expert demonstrations will stretch and challenge your learning.

Graduates from hair and beauty programs at Truro and Penwith College can pursue diverse career paths, including roles in barbering, complementary therapies, spa management, media make up, and more. The field offers a wide range of opportunities in various industries. Visit the Career Zone or to find out more.

Truro and Penwith College offers real working environments in fully equipped industry-standard salons. Working within Inspiration, our commercial salons, you will learn with members of the public as your clients and develop the theory and business skills needed to succeed in your chosen therapy.

Yes, Truro and Penwith College offers apprenticeships in professional hairdressing and was named Cornwall’s only Expert Apprenticeship Provider by The Department for Education (DfE) in 2023 and awarded the national Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship Provider of the Year at the AAC Apprenticeship Awards in 2020. You can read more about our apprenticeships on our website by searching courses or at

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