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Newcastle College
Stafford College

We don’t all wake up and look ready for the catwalk, but with a little help from you, perhaps that’s a possibility?

Our commercial state-of-the-art salons are the perfect place to learn everything from cutting, colouring and styling to beauty and make-up. You’ll start your journey right away, gaining the skills you need with hands-on experience in our Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Academy, supported by industry leaders Wella and Dermalogica.

As well as working in our busy salon, you’ll also complete work experience placements at one of the award-winning salons we work in partnership with.

If you're an adult learner looking to retrain or to learn hairdressing or beauty therapy as a hobby


"Learners feel that staff care about their futures and provide them with the support and motivation to succeed."

Ofsted, 2019

Meet the Team

newcastle College

Shelley Cross

Lecturer: Beauty, Media & Make-up

I started my career 34 years ago and attended the Mathew Bolton College studying Art & Design.

I originally started as a professional artist in design and screen printing and worked with companies including the England rugby team, Speedo & Nike, designing their branding. I felt after a few years in this industry that I wanted to explore a different direction and took a make-up artist course.

Shortly after, I was head hunted by the BBC and Grimas Make-up and became a designer and trainer for them teaching in universities, colleges and theatres. I started working with the BBC in TV, film, and theatre and then chose to teach for colleges, alongside my freelance career. This took me all over the world working with celebrities on music videos, magazines, films and fashion shows.

I have worked with many artists including Mark Owen, Mariah Carey, So Solid Crew, Back Street Boys, Fun Loving Criminals and Apache Indian.

After 20 years, I opened my own school of make-up and agency teaching, media, special effects, prosthetics and fashion.

I came out of semi-retirement to teach at NSCG, and I love every minute!

newcastle College

Mary Wright

Lecturer: Beauty

Since qualifying as a Level 3 Beauty Therapist, I have worked in the industry in a few different roles. I initially gained experience working for myself before training to be a Clarins therapist working in a salon offering treatments and retailing products.

I have been teaching and assessing for around 19 years and I have worked at both the Stafford and Newcastle Campuses, across Levels 1, 2 and 3. I was also part of the writing team for Beauty Therapy for VTCT the awarding body when their new Technical Qualifications were designed a few years ago, which was really insightful.

I have enjoyed all my industry experience so far, both in industry and here at College, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.