9 things to know before coming to Barcelona to study hairdressing!
The team at Barcelona Hair Academy love Barcelona and all of the exciting things happening in this amazing city. We’re often asked the same things by new students – so we’ve compiled our most frequently asked questions into a handy guide, updated for any COVID-19 related questions or concerns.
1. Will the Beginner’s Course still be happening this year?
Yes! As of July 2020 we are re-open, and have taken measures to ensure everybody who comes in to the Hair Academy can work and study as safely as possible. You will be provided with proof of enrolment in the course by us, which you can show at the Spanish border when you arrive. The next Beginner’s Course will run from the 28th September 2020 – 30th July 2021.
2. Do I need to bring my own mask?
Yes, please bring a face mask (and optional face shield), everything else will be provided. Full safety information will be sent out to you once you book your place.
3. Will I receive an internationally recognised qualification?
Yes! Once you complete our Beginners Course you will obtain an internationally recognised NVQ Level 3 (issued by ITEC) in record time. In just under a year, thanks to our renowned teaching methods and the fact you will be learning in a salon environment from the very beginning, you will become a fully trained hairdresser. Once qualified you will be able to work anywhere in Europe (or any other affiliated countries), or even open your own salon.
4. Which is the best Neighbourhood to live in?
Barcelona Hair Academy is located in the pretty Gracia neighbourhood. It’s definitely a great place to live, but other areas we recommend checking out are Born, Raval and Gotico; which are all quite bohemian and lively, and Eixample; which is beautiful and slightly more upmarket. If you’re looking for shared accommodation, we recommend using the Badi app or checking out SpotAHome.
5. Where are the best beaches?
Let’s not kid ourselves – the beaches are a big reason for moving to Barcelona! And if you get tired of the ones in the city, which can get a bit crowded in the summer, you can hop on the train and in 20 minutes you have endless beautiful options to choose from. We like Garraf and Sitges to the South, and Badalona and Montgat to the North.
6. What else is there to do?
Barcelona is a bustling metropolis and has many many great ways for you to spend your free time. You can explore amazing nightclubs, incredible art exhibitions and International music festivals or you can simply wander the beautiful little winding streets of the Gothic Quarter. The possibilities are endless! You can be in a beautiful national park in 30 mins by train, and if you are looking for something completely different you’ll find world-class skiing under 2 hours from the city.
7. Is it warm all year round?
Barcelona has definite seasons, but it’s a lot warmer than places like the UK or Scandinavia. July and August get pretty hot so you’ll want to find your nearest rooftop pool or check out the Olympic Pool at Montjuic after class. Winter can get a bit chilly with low temperatures of around 10ºC, so you’ll still want to pack your winter coat. But take it from us – you can still enjoy a beer and some tapas in the sun most days of the year.
8. Where can I study Spanish?
Although you can choose to study in English on our Beginners Course, it’s always a good idea (and fun) to learn the local language, especially if you are thinking of looking for work during your time in Barcelona! Here are some great language schools that we recommend: Dime and SpeakEasy.
9. What’s the best way to get around?
Barcelona isn’t a big city, in fact it’s almost possible to just walk everywhere. But there’s also the Metro which is very reasonable (and air-conditioned), and lots of places to rent bikes. It’s a very bicycle-friendly city. Or why not try rollerblading or skate-boarding?!
Do you think you would like to come to Barcelona to study hairdressing and make new friends? We have a few spaces left for September!
We recently ran an online Colour Course from our Academy! You can access the recordings here.