• Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Make-Up

    Steps to Work – Hair and Beauty (Level 4)

  • Eligible Schools

    East, North and South Ayrshire

  • Location/Day/Time

    Kilmarnock/Kilwinning Campus

    Tuesday and Thursday

    2.00 - 4.00

    Ayr Campus

    Monday and Wednesday

    2.00 - 4.00

  • Start Date

    Aug 2023

Who is this course for

This course will interest you if you enjoy using your creative ideas in a practical way. You should also like working with other people and discussing how best to produce the looks you want to achieve. You should be prepared to participate as a model for fellow students which will require you to remove your own make-up before class 

What is the course about

The aim of this course is to give you the experience of a salon environment and the opportunity to learn about different roles and responsibilities in Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing. You will gain practical experience in general salon duties including assisting with customer care. 

Beauty-specific skills include facials and nail finishes. 

Hairdressing-specific skills include shampooing, conditioning, and drying hair. 

Throughout the course, the emphasis is on the development of employability skills and attitudes valued by employers. You will study 2 SQA credits in total each semester; 1 credit from work-related units and the remainder from person-centred units.  

Work Related 

Cosmetology: Beauty Practical Skills F0FE 10 - 1 credit 
Cosmetology: Hairdressing Practical Skills F0FA 10 - 1 credit 

Person Centred  

Practical Abilities H18W 
Self in Community H18N 

What are the entry requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements, to get the best out of this course you should enjoy working in a creative environment and have a real interest in the Beauty and Hair industry. You should also relish the challenge of getting to know new people and you must be able to commit to consistent, full attendance throughout the course. 

How will I be assessed

You will be assessed on a range of practical activities carried out in a salon environment.? You will also research and write up a project on a relevant topic related to hairdressing and beauty.  

What should I expect?

Your hairdressing unit is 90% practical work in a salon either working on each other in class or a tuition head and you will complete client consultation cards. The beauty unit is the same, 90% practical work and in addition, you will complete client consultation cards. You will reflect on your practical skills and record where you think you could improve. You will be involved in planning an event/project along with your lecturer which will include working with a community group. 

Next Steps

Course may provide you with opportunities to progress to:  

  • A Level 4 or 5 Beauty or Hairdressing course.
  • An SVQ 2 course in Nails

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2023

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2023

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2023

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