Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are there any entry requirements?
You do not need an existing hairdressing or barbering qualification to start a course at LAFHAB. You do not need to hold specific qualifications (eg literacy/numeracy) to undertake a course, however as all teaching is in English, students are expected to be able to understand, speak and write in English to a good standard. If English is not your primary language then we can assess your level through testing.

Will your courses allow me to work in a salon/barbers?
The level 2 NVQ courses are wholly recognised and sufficient for someone to work proficiently in a salon/barbers.  Level 3 courses will take you further and train you to a higher standard and be more specialised, and is particularly recommended for those wanting to own their own salon.

Are your qualifications recognised overseas?
We only offer VTCT-accredited NVQs, these are recognised not only in the UK but across Europe and the rest of the world.  Different countries have different requirements, therefore those looking to be accredited to work overseas must contact an industry body of their chosen country to check the legal requirements with their country of choice themselves before commencing a course with us.

When do your courses commence? There are no start dates?
Unlike colleges and further education centres etc, we don’t work to the academic year. As part of our ‘Flexible Learning’ we have regular start dates throughout the year, so you can start pretty much whenever you want.

What are the learning hours & days?
We don’t have fixed learning schedules, we offer Students the option of specifying the days they want to train, around their availability. This means they can train & learn for 1,2,3, 4 or 5 days a week. Also, as part of our commitment to offer ‘Flexible Training’ we now offer evening & Saturday learning options. Training starts at 10am.

How long do courses run for?
Unlike colleges etc we don’t dictate your attendance. Our NVQ courses specify the average number of days to attend throughout the course. Because students can learn 1,2,3, 4 or 5 days a week, the course duration is determined by the chosen learning schedule. As an example, the Level 2 Hairdressing course takes approximately 60 full-day lessons, at 2 days a week this could be completed within 30 weeks, 4 days a week could be 15 weeks.

Do I need to wear a uniform?
We don’t have a specific uniform, however we have a dress code requesting sensible clothing and closed shoes.

I am dyslexic – how will this affect my chosen course?
Additional resources and tutoring are provided to students with dyslexia, so please let us know when your course commences.

Do I need to purchase any equipment?
We provide training materials and resources, Learners will need to purchase a full training (list will be provided), and also a tablet (eg iPad).  Learners will also require training heads (usually up to 4 for hairdressing or barbering,100% real hair is recommended), which are available to purchase at the academy at discounted prices.