FAQs

Why should I choose Sassoon Academy over another institution?

Simply, Sassoon Academy delivers the finest hairdressing education available. Established in the 1970s, Sassoon is credited with being the first brand to open an educational institution and develop a structured curriculum to share its world-renowned propriety methods, abc Cutting & Colouring Hair the Sassoon Way. That legacy and commitment to sharing knowledge has exponentially grown over the last four decades and positioned Sassoon Academy as the global leaders in industry education.  

The forward thinking that epitomised Sassoon Academy when it opened its doors continues to be seen on a daily basis with the wide range of courses offered to meet a variety of experience levels and learning needs. We strive to guide all our students to achieve technical and creative excellence, and with the selection of courses available, plus continuous evolvement of our curriculums to reflect our seasonal collections and trends, we believe that no other institution compares to Sassoon Academy.

How long are your courses?

We have different course lengths and levels available to suit your needs- from one-day observation days to 5-day courses which run every week, right through to our longest course - our 35 week Beginners Diploma course.

To find out which course would be suitable for you contact our team of advisors who will be happy to advise you, on 0207-399-6902.

Who are your Instructors?

Extremely talented individuals with extensive experience and knowledge of the Sassoon proprietary methods, our Instructors are some of the friendliest, passionate and most patient people you will meet. They will encourage you every step of the way and work diligently to ensure you get the most out of your time at Sassoon Academy.

Who are your students?

Our students are a combination of loyal, experienced hairdressers who want to annually update their skills and new students who are just trying the Sassoon methods for the first time. We appreciate that it takes commitment and courage to study something new, especially if you are changing careers and have not been inside a classroom for years. However, bear in mind that you will be taking a course with likeminded individuals, who are also passionate and committed to education. They will accompany you on this Sassoon journey and oftentimes become lifelong friends and invaluable contacts in the industry.

What level are your courses?

We offer a variety of courses to meet all levels of experience - from one-day observations to short term, long term and specialist courses. Courses range from five days to our 30-week Beginners Diploma course. To determine the best course to fit your needs, please contact our dedicated team of consultants who will be happy to advise you. Contact: +44 (0) 20 7399 6902.

Are there any entry requirements?

It depends on the course you want to take, as some courses will require a certain level of experience. There are no prerequisites for any of the Beginners Diploma courses, except passion, drive and commitment (and being aged 16 and over). For details contact +44 (0) 20 7399 6902.

What is the usual age of students taking courses at Sassoon Academy?

We have a diverse client base and find that our students’ ages vary widely. Aside from being at least 16 years old, we accept all ages.

Is it possible to gain an NVQ qualification at Sassoon Academy?

Yes, our 30-week Beginners Diploma course works towards NVQ level 3 administered by the examining body City and Guilds.

Is it possible to take a course at Sassoon Academy if I do not speak English?

All courses are taught in English, and students must speak conversational English or hire an interpreter. We do not provide interpreters, but we can provide you with a list of recommended interpreters.

If you are interested in taking our 30-week Beginners Diploma course, but live in a country outside of the European Union, you must apply for a General Student Visa under Tier 4 of the UK Border Agency’s Points Based System. It is a requirement for this type of visa that students take an English test and achieve Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

For more information, please contact our advisors on +44 (0) 20 7399 6902.

After I finish the Beginners Diploma Course am I guaranteed a job?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee you a position upon graduation.  However, if you apply yourself throughout the course, listen to the teachers’ advice and build strong relationships while at the Academy, you will leave with the best chance of finding work afterwards.

What should I bring with me?

If you are taking a Beginners Diploma course, a full kit of equipment will be provided to you free of charge.  For all other courses, you will need to bring scissors, combs, brushes and sectioning clips. Any other items required will be provided for your use whilst you are here.

What should I wear?

There is no specific dress code.

Do I need to bring my own model?

All models will be provided by the Academy. All hands-on and demonstration work will only be carried out on live models and not on doll heads or wig blocks.

Can you tailor make a course to suit my needs? (1)

We provide a wide variety of courses to suit all levels of experience. However, we are more than happy to discuss ‘one-to-one’ training and develop a bespoke education program for you.

How can I hear about new courses available?

Sign up for our Sassoon Academy newsletter here: sassoon-academy.com. We also have a Sassoon Academy Facebook page: facebook.com/sassoonacademy where we share news and events, so make sure you like our page to stay up to date!

What is the deadline for applications?

There is no deadline to make a booking; we take bookings until the course is filled to capacity. Therefore, we recommend that you make a booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

How do I make a booking?

When you are ready to make a booking, simply fill out and return our application form with the required deposit. You have two weeks from when you book to send the deposit. Once we have received your deposit, your booking is secured. Then one month before the course start date, we require the remaining payment (with the exception of students using extended payment plans).

How much is the deposit?

Please see a summary of the deposit amounts for each course:
Weekly Courses £250
International Masters £500
Salon Intensives £500
Comprehensive £1000
Postgraduate £3000
Beginners Diploma 30 weeks £3000
Beginners Diploma 24 weeks £3000
Beginners Diploma 18 weeks £2500

How can I pay for the course?

Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) are welcomed and all payments must be in Pounds Sterling. Payment may also be made by Bankers Draft or directly to our bankers.  Cheque payments must be made payable to ‘Vidal Sassoon Education Services’.  We are unable to accept personal cheques from overseas students.

Are there any student loans available?

Extended payment plans are only available for selected long term courses. Unfortunately there is no government funding for private educational institutions.  However, some banks offer loans to help pay the cost of vocational training.

Do you provide accommodations?

Sassoon does not provide accommodations for students.  All students will need to facilitate their own living arrangements.  Please find below a list of recommended local hotels:
Mermaid Suite Hotel www.mermaidsuite.com
10 Pembridge Gardens www.pembridgegardenslondon.com
St Giles Hotel www.stgiles.com
Ascott Mayfair Serviced Apartments www.citadines.com
Best Western Mostyn Hotel www.bw-mostynhotel.co.uk
Strand Palace Hotel www.strandpalacehotel.co.uk
Mitre House Hotel www.mitrehousehotel.com

You may also find the following websites useful:
Airbnb
Spareroom
Easyroommate
Gumtree
Moveflat
NidoSpitalfields

Can I get funding to help with the costs of the course?

Unfortunately there is no Government funding for private educational institutions such as Sassoon Academy. Some banks offer loans designed to help towards the cost of vocational training.

Can you tailor make a course to suit my needs?

The very wide variety of courses on offer at Sassoon Academy are structured in such a way that they satisfy most hairdressing needs, however we will always listen to requests if there is a particular aspect we can help with. We will also consider requests for "one-to-one" training.

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