Hairdressing (SfW) Intermediate 1

What is special about this course?

This Skills for Work Hairdressing course provides a broad, experiential introduction to hairdressing. The focus is on experiencing the salon environment to learn about the different roles and responsibilities in hairdressing and to begin to develop vocational skills and knowledge. Practical experience of general salon duties to support stylists and assisting with customer care is included.

Specific skills involved in shampooing, conditioning and blow-drying hair are developed and the creative side of hairdressing is also explored, with students having the opportunity to experiment with style ideas. The Course content places emphasis throughout all Units on the employability skills and attitudes which will help to prepare students for the workplace.

Entry requirements

This Skills for Work course is open to S3/S4 pupils.


This Course is at Intermediate 1 level and consists of four 40 hour mandatory Units:

  • Hairdressing: Salon Awareness
  • Hairdressing: Working in the Salon
  • Hairdressing: Employability Skills
  • Hairdressing: Creativity

Students will develop an awareness of the various roles, responsibilities and career opportunities in hairdressing. They will also learn about health and safety in the salon and the demands of the job of a trainee hairdresser.


Students will learn to carry out practical tasks in customer care, reception and maintaining a safe and hygienic work area. They will also learn more specific skills in shampooing and blow-drying techniques. This will be done in a realistic context, with emphasis on developing general employability skills such as following instructions carefully, seeking feedback and using this to improve skills.

Students will have the opportunity in the Employability Skills Unit to consider the general skills and attitudes identified by employers as important in hairdressing. They will evaluate their own performance in these skills in a range of practical activities. They will plan and set goals for improvement in order to enhance their employability profile.

In the Creativity Unit, students will explore current trends and develop their own ideas and interpretation of current trends. They will plan the resources and support they will need to create their own style on a mannequin head. This will help to build confidence, skills and a sense of the importance of creativity in hairdressing.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

While work placement in a real salon is not a requirement, it is essential that the course is delivered in a salon environment. Visits to a real, commercial salon will benefit students as will the experience of visiting speakers from salons.

How long will my course last?

160 Hours

Over 1 Academic year.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more information on start date.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Scottish Progression Award in Cosmetology
  • SVQ in hairdressing
  • full-time National Certificate Course in Hairdressing
  • suitable training/employment.

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Apply for Hairdressing (SfW) Intermediate 1

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.