Hair & Beauty

Hair and Beauty is dynamic and fast-paced industry, with trends changing all the time. A trustworthy hairdresser, beautician or make-up artist is always in demand. At South Downs College, we know the importance of producing knowledgeable, talented students so that you can leave education with a wealth of skills to go directly into employment or grown your own client base and business.

Our fully-equipped salon, Synergy, and professional standard make-up room have resources of industry standard, creating a professional environment in which to train.

We have an excellent reputation for providing the hair and beauty industry with first class employees.

You’ll have the chance to take part in a range of trips throughout your study to put your new skills into practice. We encourage you to enter a range of professional competitions to demonstrate your skills and enhance your CV.

We keep up to date with all the latest hair and beauty techniques which prepare you for this exciting, ever-changing industry. If you’re interested in theatrical or production arts make up, we offer the chance to enhance your skills at theatrical performances and shows throughout the year. Some examples of recent shows include: Wind in the Willows, Dick Whittington, Rock Challenge and The Victorian Christmas at Portsmouth Dockyard. We have strong links with Fernham Hall and The Kings Theatre and often support their performances.

Our Hair and Beauty salons currently consist of:

  • Two large 20 bed beauty salons
  • Three hairdressing salons
  • Theatrical and production arts studio
  • Specialist teaching base room

Our Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Holistic salon offers a wide range of services at very reasonable prices to students, staff and the public during term time. For further information please see the Synergy Salons page.


I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

South Downs has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.

Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student



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