T Levels for

Hair and Beauty

In our Industry Excellence Academy you can study one of the brand-new Hair and Beauty T Level qualifications or Transition Programmes. They have been developed in collaboration with employers, and combine theory, practical and classroom learning with a minimum 45-day industry placement. If you opt to take a T Level you will spend 20% of your time on an industry placement and 80% in the classroom.

The T Level and Transition Programmes are designed to inspire students to think like a professional Hairdresser or Beauty Therapist through a range of project based learning challenges and developing craft skills. Students can expect to learn business context, including how the sector operates, health and safety regulations, safe working practices and will gain an understanding of the 'client journey', client consultations, sales and marketing.


T Levels are Level 3, two-year technical programmes that provide you with a high-quality alternative to A Levels.



If you haven’t quite achieved the grades for a T Level there is the option of a Transition Programme, which are Level 2, one-year programmes that will then allow you to progress on to a T Level.


t award

Those successful in gaining a place on our T Levels or Transition Programmes will be eligible for the ‘T Award’, a package of benefits that includes:

  • £300 per year bursary*
  • Free branded work wear
  • Access to industry standard technologies
  • Guaranteed progression to a Higher Education course at UCEN Manchester
  • And much more

*Subject to requirements

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jump start programme

The Jump Start to T Levels programme is a two-week introduction to our Industry Excellence Academy, T Levels and T Level Transition Programmes.

Topics covered on the programme includes:

  • Business context, including how the sector operates 
  • Health and Safety regulations
  • Safe working practices
  • An understanding of the client journey
  • Client consultation

Completion of the Jump Start programme is an entry requirement of our T Level and Transition Programmes. 



We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include:

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Kryolan is a world-wide cosmetics company founded and headquartered in Berlin, Germany. By some estimates, Kryolan creates two-thirds of global production of professional makeup for film, TV and theater.


From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College in our gallery.


If you want to find out more about our Hair and Beauty T Levels and Transition Programmes, register to attend one of our upcoming open events. Speak to tutors, hear from current students and get a glimpse of our facilities.

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Find out more about our T Level and Transition Programmes that are available to you in our T Level subject guide.