Hairdressing Multi Skills NC @ SCQF Level 5

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This Multi Skills hairdressing course will provide you with hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge of all aspects of hairdressing. You’ll learn a wide range of hairdressing techniques, gaining practical experience along the way.

If you want to pursue a career in hairdressing, this course can help you master the basic skills you’ll need. You will have the chance to take part in a wide range of activities including competitions, presentations, workshops and demonstrations.

The department has strong links with industry, work experience is an essential part of the course, and as such, you will need to find a work placement at a hairdressing salon one day per week.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Full Time
Attendance 2 or 3 days per week. 1 year (36 weeks)
Please note this may be subject to change.
Additional hours for work experience attendance may be required.

Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Two National 4 qualifications, SCQF Level 4 English or ESOL Level 4; OR

other equivalent qualifications or experience.

You are required to be 16 years of age by August 2024 to undertake this course.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session.

Learners will be required to attend a face-to-face interview or an interview on teams’ video to further discuss your application. You’ll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

You will study:

Shampoo, Condition and Scalp Massage

Blow Drying Techniques

Setting and Winding Techniques for Hair

Ladies Hairdressing: Basic Cutting Categories

How to Mix, Apply and Remove Hair Colour

(This may be subject to change)

Work experience is an essential part of the course, so you’ll be required to be in work placement in a hairdressing salon one day a week for the full duration of your course.


The course is a blend of both theory and practical subjects. Committed to helping you achieve your full potential; the teaching team employ a wide range of blended teaching methods to ensure that you are engaged at all levels of study and are supported in every aspect of your educational experience.

Assessments are ongoing and cover both theory and practical elements of the course. Assessment guidance includes a variety of conditions including open-book, folio, practical activities.

This is a full-time course with additional home study.


On successful completion of the course, students can apply for:

Ladies Hairdressing at SCQF level 6.

Start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in hairdressing

Exploring your future career options which, once 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.

Career Prospects

Exploring your future career options which, once fully qualified, could include:
Salon/Session Stylist

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

This course gives opportunities to expand skills and knowledge within related and optional topics within your disciplines. The course will give you structure and flexibility. It is structured to enable you to develop generic transferrable skills and recognises existing skills and competency allowing you to take charge of your own learning and development to allow progression and achievement. Opportunities are available for external industrial training from prestigious brands such as Wella. Work experience opportunities are available within local spas and salons.

The department has strong links with industry, and you will be encouraged to take up salon work during your course to gain industry insight and knowledge.

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