Hairdressing (SfW) National 5

What is special about this course?

The hairdressing industry includes people who cut and style hair for both men and women, as well as people who work to improve the health of the hair and scalp. There is a steady demand for hairdressers and barbers in salons throughout Scotland and abroad.

You will learn about general salon duties, reception skills, and health and safety issues, customer care, shampooing, conditioning, basic scalp massage and blow-drying, and hair colouring. You also investigate current fashion trends and styles and will develop skills in working with others.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements; however, you will be interviewed to determine whether this is the right course for you. To get the best out of this course you should enjoy working in a creative environment and have a real interest in the beauty industry.

The course includes the following units:

  • Working in a salon environment
  • Salon skills
  • Introduction to colour
  • Creative trends

How will I study my course?

    You will be taught by a college lecturer at either your local UHI Argyll centre or in the school.

    How long will my course last?

    1 Academic Year

    Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    In most schools this course will start in June.


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

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Once you've completed this course you could progress to study an SVQ in Hairdressing either at work or in college, or a Modern Apprenticeship in Hairdressing.

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    This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.