SCQF Level 4


  • Hair, Beauty & Complementary Therapies

Why take this course?

  • Achieve a qualification in a shorter space of time.  
  • High level of support and guidance throughout the course. 
  • Opportunities to meet with related employers. 
  • Benefit from career planning support from Skills Development Scotland. 
  • Gain transferrable/meta skills related to the hair & beauty industry. 
  • Learn in state-of-the art facilities.

Hairdressing is a well-established industry with a number of qualifications available, including Vocational Related Qualifications (VRQs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). By participating in this course you will develop essential transferrable skills for working in the customer-facing service industries. You will also develop specific hairdressing skills, allowing you to pursue further training or employment opportunities after successfully completing the course.

The course will provide you with a broad introduction to hairdressing whilst allowing you to gain a widely recognised qualification. You will undergo significant personal development throughout the course, and develop strong interpersonal, organisation and planning skills. You will:

  • Develop an awareness of health and safety issues relevant to a range of activities;
  • Develop your communication and customer care skills;
  • Develop aspects of the Core Skills of Working with Others;
  • Gain technical knowledge and skills in relation to working within the industry;
  • Develop good practice in maintaining a tidy and safe work environment;
  • Become well-prepared for further learning opportunities, study and training opportunities in Hairdressing.

What you will experience

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and activities, including classroom-based theory lessons and practical vocational training. You will be taught in classes held within our College hair salon, ‘I:ntuition’. The course is made up of the following five units:

  1. Presenting a Professional Image in the Salon
  2. Shampooing and Conditioning
  3. Styling women’s hair
  4. Plaiting and twisting hair
  5. Colour hair using temporary colour

As well as this, throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing. You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Good timekeeping skills
  • A willingness and commitment to learning
  • A knowledge of appropriate dress
  • An ability to work independently
  • Planning and preparation skills
  • Customer care

To achieve the full course, you must attend regularly and successfully complete all units. Assessments will be based on a range of practical activities (in real or simulated settings) and assessors will observe you as you undertake each activity. You will also complete some research tasks and short written assessments.

Please note that some assessments may require you to bring along a client aged 16 or over.

On successful completion of the full course you will receive a City & Guilds Certificate for the units achieved.