Hairdressing (Work-based) SVQ3

What is special about this course?

Learn while you work with Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). Modern apprenticeships in Scotland are available for people who are aged over 16 and in employment. With on-the-job training and regular meetings in the workplace you can gain a recognised qualification without studying full-time. Funding for MAs can be gained from Skills Development Scotland.

This SVQ 3 Hairdressing qualification will provide you with advanced knowledge and technical skills in hairdressing which you can use to find work at a supervisory level.

Entry requirements

You should have an SVQ Hairdressing Level 2 certificate or equivalent, or at least three years salon experience as a Junior Stylist.  A minimum of three qualifications at SCQF 4/5 or equivalent are preferable and you should be currently employed full-time in a salon.

This 18 month programme covers a range of higher level skills in hairdressing, including study of: advanced colouring techniques; colour correction; styling and dressing long hair; advanced cutting and planning and implementing promotional activities.

Practical training and assessment will be carried out in your workplace and theoretical assessments will be carried out at college using SQA online SOLAR system.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based

How long will my course last?

18 Months

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?

You should be able to find work in the following areas: industry assessor; film and photography; theatres; salon management; self-employment or education.  You may also choose to continue training to a higher level with our evening course in HNC Hairdressing modules.

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