The hairdressing industry is a very inspirational sector and this qualification will provide you with the right balance of knowledge and skills needed to become a trainee hairdresser. In addition to practical skills you will build self-confidence improving interpersonal skills by working directly with clients and highly skilled staff in a realistic working salon environment.

Employers interested in funding for apprenticeships should contact Andrea Mellon on

  • Two years full-time
  • Two years day release (if employed in a salon)
  • Please note: the mode of study may include twilight/evening sessions
  • Shampoo, conditioning and scalp massage
  • Blow drying and setting techniques
  • Effective working relationships/positive impressions
  • Sustainable living
  • Consultation techniques
  • Promote additional services and products to clients
  • Cut hair using basic techniques
  • Colour hair using basic techniques
  • Work placement/work experience/employability
  • Work-based Core Skills will be studied as part of this course
  • You will be supplied with the materials necessary to undertake the course.

Year 1

  • You must be a minimum of 16 years of age at the start of your course. Winter Leavers will be considered with a successful Transition Form. Certain treatments during the course may require parental/guardian consent if you are under 16
  • You must have manual dexterity, a pleasant manner and a keen interest in and knowledge of the hairdressing industry
  • Previous work experience would be beneficial and relevant to your application

PLUS one of the following:

  • Three National 4s
  • National 5: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (where applicable)
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

Year 2

  • An internal discussion will be required before progressing to year 2
  • Progression will depend on attitude, attendance, ability, and achievement in year 1
  • A work placement is mandatory in year 2 of the course
  • SVQ: Hairdressing SCQF Level 6
  • Junior stylist
  • Self-employment
  • Locker deposit – £10 (where appropriate)
  • Kit deposit – £50 (where appropriate)
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise