• Hairdressing, Beauty and Complementary Therapies

    Introduction to Hairdressing (Level 5)

  • SCQF Level

    Equivalent to SCQF Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, August to January

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Working in hairdressing is both exciting and challenging. It’s part of a diverse and ever evolving industry which is continuously launching new products and techniques. Hairdressing professionals are at the heart of this, helping to create and maintain current trends.

To be successful in this profession you’ll need to be passionate, creative, committed and hardworking. You’ll also need to be self-motivated, a good team player and enjoy working with people.

If you’re interested in taking the first steps on this exciting career path, this is the course for you.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in hairdressing
  • Four National 4s or equivalent OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent
  • An interview task
  • To be aged 16 or over

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course gives you a great introduction to hairdressing, developing your creative and practical skills, and technical knowledge. You’ll train in one of our on-campus commercial salons, working with real clients, as you learn to style hair.

Here's just some of the units you may study Shampoo and condition - you’ll look at structures and conditions of hair, skin and scalp; learning about products and developing techniques for scalp massage.

  • Styling and blow drying - you’ll look at the properties of hair, styling products and how to perform a perfect blow dry. You’ll learn to style to increase and decrease volume, and create movement.
  • Setting and winding - you’ll learn techniques using a variety of products, such as traditional, velcro and heated rollers, bendies and perm rods.
  • Long hair - you’ll learn about basic products, ornamentation and styling techniques for fabulously simple looks.

You’ll also have the chance to develop your skills and creativity through:

  • Taking part in competitions and the Annual End of Year Show.
  • Volunteering for community projects such as fashion shows or drama productions.
  • Organising fundraising events for charity, offering services such as pleats, curling, etc.
  • Hearing from industry experts, including local salon owners and suppliers.
  • Taking part in industry training days

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto Jan start Hairdressing level 5 course

After that:

  • Moving onto a Level 6 course such as NC Hairdressing
  • Starting your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in hairdressing
  • Exploring your future career options which, one fully qualified, could include: Salon/Session/Self-employed Stylist, Colour Technician, Hair Stylist aboard a Cruise Ship, Hair Stylist in TV/Film/Theatre, Hairdressing Trainer/Educator


  • Man in the Mirror - hairdressing student Martin McClusky shares his experiences of the hairdressing industry and his career so far. Click here to read the blog.
  • Salon Services Summer School - top supplier offers students incentives to improve skills over the holidays. Click here to read the blog.
  • Find out what it’s really like - Students of the Year Anneliese Burnett and Debbie Campbell share their experiences of studying Hairdressing at Ayrshire College and what they plan to do next:
  • Click here to read the blog.
  • Click here to read the blog.
  • Treat yourself at our training salons - see what’s on offer at our commercial hair, beauty and nail salons in Kilwinning, Kilmarnock and Ayr. Click here to read our blog.

Start Date

24 Aug 2018




Start Date

24 Aug 2018




Start Date

24 Aug 2018




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