Hairdressing HNC @ SCQF Level 7


The New HNC Hairdressing full-time course is intended for hairdressers currently working in the profession who are seeking an advanced certificate in hairdressing. This course will provide you with the highest qualification currently held in hairdressing. The course is designed for experienced stylists or newly qualified stylists who want to further their studies.

All technical units build and develop your existing skills, knowledge as a stylist, giving you the opportunity to design and create looks based on current fashion. A unit in specialised hair and scalp allows you to develop a deeper understanding of hair loss and implications of conditions and how to treat. This is a valuable tool for the current market of clientele suffering hair loss. You'll also learn to advance in your communication skills via writing and presenting.

Your course will be interactive using a variety of methods to ensure your learning and progression needs are met. Units are lecturer led, however, we fully encourage you to take ownership of your own learning.

On successful completion of this course, you'll be awarded an HNC Hairdressing.




The course is taught over 3 blocks, 12 teaching weeks and you'll be continually assessed throughout.

Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements

National Qualification at SCQF level 6 or SVQ level 3 in Hairdressing; OR

A minimum of 3 years' experience within the hairdressing profession; OR

Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

Entry to the course is based on you:-

Meeting the entry requirements of your course and

Attending a course information session.

Additional Entry Requirements

You're expected to supply your own equipment and tools should be fit for purpose in all aspects of hairdressing. In addition, you should bring your own stationery.

Dress code

There is no specific dress code. However, you're expected to have a professional appearance.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

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

Colour, Colour Correction and Innovative Design.

Creative Design in Haircutting.

Employment Experience 1.


Graded Unit 1

Plus a selection of additional units including:

Specialised Hair and Scalp Treatments.

Style Hair using Postiche and Padding.

Training Skills.


The course entails a variety of assessment methods; Practical, Closed book and Portfolio building.


On successful completion of the course, you can apply for entry to HND Make-up Artistry, TQFE via Stirling or Dundee University or undertake Assessor Awards.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the course you could operate your own business, apply for employment on-board cruise liners, lecturing posts in Further Education or as a Company Technician / Trainer.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit their website: further details.

Selling Points

HNC Hairdressing is a hugely exciting and diverse industry to work in. Professional Hair stylists, create and produce the latest hair styles within fashion, TV, film and theatre production. If you?ve got passion, drive, creativity, a commitment to work hard, a high level of motivation and are a good team player who enjoys working with others, then HNC Hairdressing is for you.