Beauty case study

Jordan McLeod - FdA Beauty Therapy and Spa Management

Why did you choose to study at Newcastle College?
I did my Level 3 Beauty here and enjoyed that so it seemed like a natural progression for me to stay to study for my Foundation Degree.

What are the staff/facilities at the College like?
The staff are great and having the Retreat (the College's very own beauty salon and spa) as a real-life working environment on site has made a massive difference. I think we sometimes take for granted that we get so much hands on experience, but not every college has what we have here.

What has been the highlight so far?
I won ‘Student of the Year’ and my grades so far indicate that I’m on track for a First in my Foundation Degree. So, hopefully if I keep my work standard to the same level that will be fantastic!

What’s Newcastle like as a student city?
I lived in London for a while, which was totally different; but I have to say that I love how accessible everything is in Newcastle, I didn’t even consider Gateshead or Teeside for that reason. Newcastle has everything you need.

What would you say to anyone thinking of studying a course with Newcastle College?
I’m pretty pro-degree, I have friends who stopped studying at level 3 and they say they haven’t had the same job offers as me and I honestly believe that my Foundation Degree has helped. Having that higher education level means that you can go for better jobs with better salaries and I’d definitely say that it’s easy to access nowadays with the student loan and everything to help you.