Information about our courses

Paying for your course & spreading the cost
In addition to paying in full (and receiving a special discount), you can pay your course fee in up to 12 instalments (no interest, fees or charges apply)
You can pay a deposit at the start, and then spread the cost over up to 12 months.
For example, a deposit of £375 and 12 monthly payments of £260 (you can also pay a larger deposit and smaller monthly payments).
Fees can be paid in cash, by card, BACS etc. For our payment plans there’s no credit check, we just need a proof of identity and 2 utility bills.

Leeds Academy For Hairdressing And Barbering (LAFHAB) is accredited by VTCT, the specialist awarding body for the hairdressing and beauty sector. This means that the NVQ qualifications we offer are recognised not only throughout the UK but also internationally. Being a HABIA member school ensures that our training adheres to National Occupational Standards.

Flexible learning
We are committed to delivering training that is flexible to meet the needs of students.

We offer:
• No academic dates – we don’t work to the academic calendar, meaning learners can start at any time – not just September
• Flexible Attendance – learners can attend the Academy up to 6 days a week (Monday – Saturdays) – it’s up to you
• Full-day sessions 10am – 4pm
• Separate sessions for morning (10am to 12:30) and afternoon (1:30 to 4pm)

We specialise in NVQ Diploma courses for hairdressing & barbering, levels 2 & 3, accredited by VTCT, ie:
• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing + Barbering Units
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

We also offer the following courses
• Introduction to Hairdressing
• Introduction to Barbering
• Personalise your course (unit accreditation)
• Personalised Hairdressing Refresher
• Personalised Barbering Refresher
• Hair extensions & Master Cutting
• 4-Day Intensive Cutting (hairdressing/barbering)
• Introduction to Hairdressing
• 1-day Balayage
• 1-day Colour Correction
• WAHL The Fade
• WAHL The Shave
• WAHL Creative Men

Course start dates
We don’t work to the academic calendar, instead Students can start at almost any time.
You could start a course as soon as the next working day.
Learners who are paying in instalments will have to wait 14 days between paying their deposit and starting, which is the ‘cooling off period.’

Our course fees competitive, and can be spread over up to 12 instalments, see below.
Hairdressing Level 2 NVQ Diploma: £3495
Hairdressing Level 3 NVQ Diploma: £3495
Level 2 Hairdressing & Barbering Combined: £5250
Barbering Level 2 NVQ Diploma: £3795
Barbering Level 3 NVQ Diploma: £3795
(no VAT applicable but card processing fees apply )

fees are inclusive of:

VTCT lifetime registration & certification fees
training materials & resources
free refreshments whilst training
1 year’s Graduate membership to the Hair & Barber Council (Upon successful completion).

Training kit
Learners will need to purchase a suitable training kit (we can provide information and assistance with this), and training heads to practice on (available to buy here at the academy at reduced prices). We provide our Learners with a letter confirming their course, which allows them to open trade accounts with exclusive discounts at WAHL, Sally’s, Barber Blades and Chris & Sons.

How our training works
We start with theoretical training (some of which you can do at home) using HABIA’s training materials for individual units, the next stage for most units is practising on training heads. In addition to the practical training, we regularly hold practical demonstrations with industry professionals. When both Assessors and you feel that you are ready, you will then start performing services on real clients in the salon or barbers, under supervision. Throughout your course duration you will complete many client services which will give you a great deal of salon/barbers experience. We provide one-to-one tuition and additional support where required, we have additional resources and support for people with Dyslexia or other learning difficulties. We also provide individual learning plans, and progress is tracked with periodic reviews.

Course durations
It is our mission to train people to a high standard and be “salon ready” – ie confident and experienced enough to work directly in a salon or barbers environment straight away upon completion. The time it will take is dependent on certain factors such as how frequently you can attend, how quickly you pick things up and if you can complete some of your coursework at home.  Standalone NVQ courses can sometimes be completed in as little as 10 weeks with regular attendance, less frequent attendance will result in taking longer.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are work-based awards that are achieved through assessment and training. To achieve an NVQ, candidates must prove competence to the required standard as set out in the National Occupational Standards which describe the competencies expected in the applicable job role. NVQs should not be confused with VRQs, which some providers offer but many Employers reject, because unlike NVQs they are largely theory-based and do not adequately demonstrate an individual’s true practical skills.

Choosing the right course
We offer accredited Hairdressing and Barbering NVQ courses, in addition to introductory, personalised, hair extension, 1-4 day, refresher and WAHL Academy courses; we want to ensure you take the best course based on your requirements. This is why we like to invite potential learners to arrange a visit to our academy for a tour and informal chat where we will discuss the best course options based on your existing qualifications and career ambitions.  Contact us to arrange a time & date that is convenient for you.