Learning The Rules - Foundation Courses

The aim of our foundation courses is to help students understand the fundamental principles of cutting, colouring and barbering using the classic techniques.

We have tailored these courses to be practical with hands on workshops plus demonstrations and theory will give you the perfect opportunity to hone and develop your skills in a stimulating and creative environment. Our foundation courses are designed for a range of students and is suitable for those who already have a basic knowledge of hair cutting, those wishing to refresh their knowledge and new learners. 

In addition to practical skills, we also offer our Perfect Client course which looks at how to ensure every client leaves the chair delighted, not just with the cut and the colour but also the visit as a whole, from start to finish.

Bending the rules - Intermediate COURSES

We build on foundation cutting, colouring and barbering skills to bend the rules to create bespoke hair creations to bring your repertoire up to date. 

Students will learn how to combine foundation techniques and work with the different tonal qualities of hair colour to create bespoke colour mixtures and cuts. Plus, our intermediate barbering course takes classic barbering techniques that will allow you to create new and exciting disconnected shapes for a modern man. 

The fundamentals of colour are built on with our perfect blondes course designed to gain in depth product knowledge and how to maximise performance of the blonding products.

We take colouring one step further with the introduction of colour correction to change the tone, lighten and darken hair and gain vital knowledge and be able to perform colour corrective services with confidence. 


These exciting sessions are crackling with creativity and fresh ideas for all who have a passion for the art of hairdressing.

Our more advanced and experimental courses can take hairdressing to a new level by going in depth with the McDonald Waterfall team and their process of bringing a collection to life. Real-life techniques and processes of gathering inspiration are on show in our advanced courses where we go behind the scenes of trend forecasting, fashion and beyond. These courses are designed to help you achieve your personal best – season after season, with model presentations, fascinating lectures, guided work sessions and demonstrations, and an introduction in the world of fashion photo shoots and trend forecasting.