• Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Make-Up

    Introduction to Hairdressing Skills

  • SCQF Level

    Equivalent to SCQF Level 4

  • Attendance/Duration

    Short full-time, August to January

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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Hair professionals play an important role in our health and wellbeing by helping us to look and feel at our best. It’s an exciting industry to work in and to be successful you need to be caring, creative, hard-working, a team player and enjoy working with people.

If you’re interested in a career in hairdressing, this course is a great place to start.

For entry to this course you'll need:

  • A real interest in hair.
  • Four National 3s or equivalent or a relevant course at SCQF Level 3 or equivalent
  • To be aged 16 or over (exceptions may be made and will be discussed at interview)

To submit an application, completing all sections, including Personal Statement in full. NB we may notify you of the outcome by letter and/or invite you to attend an interview.

If you don't have formal qualifications, we may consider you for a place.

What's Involved

This course gives you a great foundation in basic hairdressing to develop your self-confidence, employability and core skills, so you can make informed choices about your further study/career choices.

Here’s just some of what you may study:

  • You’ll develop skills in general salon duties and have the opportunity to assist in higher level salon classes,
  • You’ll develop specific skills such as shampooing, conditioning, scalp massage, drying and styling techniques; such as plaits and twists.
  • You’ll develop skills in colouring hair as you’ll learn about colour products, observe colour application and removal, and practise mock application.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in:

  • Competitions.
  • Fundraising events for charity, through offering services such as pleats, curling, etc.
  • Plus we’ll help you develop your skills for employment, such as communication or working as part of a team.

You’ll build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto our Access to Hairdressing and Barbering Level 4 January start course 5

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

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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