Gateway to Hairdressing (SCQF Level 4/5) NQ

What is special about this course?

Gateway to Hairdressing (SCQF Level 4/5) programme has been designed to provide a hairdressing qualification which reflect the skills requires to gain employment in the hairdressing industry as a salon apprentice. The focus is on experiencing the salon environment and on the development of vocational skills. Practical experience of general salon duties and specific skills in hair styling will be gained. Units will focus on students’ ability to work and interact successfully with others, whilst learning to be mindful of their own wellbeing and that of others.

Entry requirements

Entrance to this course is by interview. Recommended requirements are three qualifications at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent.  All applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a selection process. They will participate in a short diagnostic written test and practical skills activity to access dexterity abilities.

Candidates are expected to evidence knowledge and ability within the sector discipline, so that skills and interests can be nurtured and developed over the course of the programme in preparation for progression

Target group for this course are school leavers and adults returning to a further education environment as a first step into vocational related learning.


The course will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to begin a career in hairdressing. Students will learn basic hairdressing skills under supervision while working in a realistic salon environment. They will gain communication and consultation skills while working with members of the public. Seminars, demonstrations and workshops from employers are delivered throughout the year adding value to this course.

Students’ will also have the opportunity to research current fashion trends and express individual creativity through designing a total look on a model at the end of the course. This enables self-responsibility of learning, consolidation of skills and evaluation of performance in relation to employability skills and progression.

Core and Essential Skills

Communication and ICT will underpin other learning and will be delivered in an integrated way throughout the course.

Personal development and wellbeing

Students will focus on the development of interpersonal skills and wellbeing. This unit will also touch on the links between wellbeing and the sector. It will explore improving own wellbeing as well as how clients wellbeing is affected in the sector.

Employability Units

The Employability units provide an introduction to the world of work for those who are unsure about how to gain and sustain employment. Students will develop skills and attitudes which will be applicable to the Hairdressing Sector.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Teaching delivery includes a range of learning material to engage and motivate students. These include face to face teaching, VLE resources, practical sessions and workbooks.

Course content will include a mix of practical and theoretical learning to underpin knowledge

Communication, employability and customer relations will be promoted during practical client sessions to ensure students are equipped with the skills they need to be successful independent learners upon progression.

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course you can progress onto either SVQ Hairdressing (SCQF Level 5) or NC Beauty Care and Makeup (SCQF Level 5).

You may also like to consider a modern apprenticeship in hairdressing

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth 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.