The College of West Anglia

The hair and beauty industry is an ever growing area, always requiring new people to learn the skills required to work with clients.

Beauty Therapy

Do you have a talent for making people look and feel great? There are some excellent career prospects in beauty therapy, nail technology and media make-up.

Depending on your chosen course you may study lash and brow, massage and make-up treatments, manicures and pedicures, spa therapies, tanning and waxing. Our media make-up course also allows those who wish to pursue a career in TV and film, fashion, photography and special effects to gain specialist skills in areas such as prosthetics. All of our students study in our state-of-the-art facilities, gaining real-life work experience by working on paying members of the public who visit us for treatments - find out more about The Salon.


Do you aspire to run your own salon one day? There are some fantastic opportunities available, whether you are just starting out in hairdressing or are already an ambitious stylist. All aspects of hairdressing are covered in our courses, including shampoo and hair conditioning, cutting techniques, colouring and reception duties.

The Salon

All of our learners get to work in our industry-standard salons, which are open to the public, giving real-life work experience; staff and learners can also access discount treatments. Find out more about The Salon.

Success Stories

Kristyan Mallett

Media Make-up

Kristyan Mallett

Kristyan studied media make-up at CWA from 1997–1999 and has gone on to be hugely successful with his own special effect make-up company, KM Effects Ltd. He has won various industry awards, nominated for a BAFTA and worked on various TV series and films including Batman Begins, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Inbetweeners and X-men.

“The course at CWA gave me various skills including wig making, theatre make-up and prosthetics which are the foundation of what I do know. I learnt how to approach design using references from a variety of sources and using ideas from the past and present, this allows me to make my work more original. The College of West Anglia was certainly responsible for putting me on the path to success.”


Pixiwoo - Sam Chapman and Nicola Haste

Media Make-up


Former media make-up students Sam Chapman and Nicola Haste have gone on to be blogging and vlogging sensations with their company Pixiwoo that provide make-up tutorials. They have had more than 2 million hits on YouTube; have more than 350,000 followers on Twitter and more than 400,000 likes on Facebook.

“Studying at CWA was a great two years, we learnt the skills needed and gained the confidence to go out into the industry and put into practice what we were taught. It gave us knowledge of period make-up and how looks have changed over the years which we now use in our current roles.”


Jaymz Marsters

Hairdressing - Level 3

Jaymz Marsters works as a stylist with Taylor & Co, Downham Market, and is known for his “out-there” designs and vibrant colours, with his work being recognised by big names in his field such as the Hairdressers Journal and other well-known publications. Besides editorial features in ‘behindthechair’, Modern Salon and Hairdressers Journal, Jaymz found himself demonstrating his now widely used colouring technique “Candy Lights” on stage at the Excel arena on behalf of Hairdressers Journal at Salon London 2016.

Jaymz said: “I really benefitted from my time at CWA as it gave me the foot in the door and taught me the people skills I needed to progress in my career. My tutors were so passionate that they gave me that well-needed push in the right direction and it’s done me the world of good. I’m now in a contract with a big brand that I had always looked up to. Manic Panic actually approached me and asked me to work with them. Essentially, I test products before they reach the public.”