Hairdressing NC @ SCQF Level 6


This course will build on your existing basic hairdressing skills and help you develop more creative techniques suited to the current industry. All technical units on this course not only allow you to hone your existing skills additionally, but you will also develop creativity and advanced techniques.

Lecturers teaching on your course are equipped with vast experience and expertise in hairdressing and learning and teaching methods. Lecturers continually upskill in professional development.

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.

The department has strong links with industry, work experience is an essential part of the course, and as such, you will be required to secure a work placement in a hairdressing salon one day a week for the full duration of your course.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Level 6 National Certificate Group Award in Hairdressing.


Direct entry is not recommended due to the practical skills requirement for the course.

How the course is taught:

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

The course entails a variety of assessment methods including practical, closed book and portfolio building.


A kit and uniform is required for this course & will be provided by the college.

Students may be given the option to purchase an additional college approved kit for some specialist units.

Dress code

For practical class the college approved uniform must be worn along with suitable footwear (details will be supplied).




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 in the evening may be required.

Entry Requirements

NQ/NC qualification at SCQF level 5 or SVQ level 2 in Ladies Hairdressing; OR

other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional Entry Requirements


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

You will study:

Hair Colouring and Lightening.

Colour Correction.

Combination Cutting.

Creative Cutting and Styling

Style Dress and Finish Hair.

Styling for a Total Look.

Long Hair.

Commercial Experience.

Current Make-up Trends.

(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. The course entails a variety of assessment methods including practical, closed book and portfolio building.

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


HNC in Hairdressing.

HNC/HND in Make-up Artistry.

Career Prospects

This course will prepare you to work in industry as a senior trainee

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funfing ofr 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.