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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5


Please be aware this course is now full. You may still apply and if a space becomes available we will contact you. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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This course is aimed at those interested in a career in the hairdressing industry, and offers possible progression on to NC level 6 hairdressing.

Read about Chitambo Ramsay's West Lothian College experience here


  • Hair

    What the course includes

    The course covers shampooing, conditioning, scalp massages, blow-drying hair, haircutting (ladies and gents), applying and removing colour, long-hair techniques, using rollers and perm rods to create styles. It also covers essential skills in retail, reception, communications and IT.

Why choose this course

The course gives you the chance to work in a salon environment; to learn from guest speakers; and to do additional courses which will keep you up to date with current trends.

Entry requirements

  • At least two National 4s (including English) or equivalent
  • You must be 16 years or over before the 30th of November 2021
  • ESOL Level 5 if required 

You should also be motivated, enthusiastic and interested in the hairdressing industry.

We welcome applications from mature returners, including those who lack formal qualifications or who wish to change career direction.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: level 6 hairdressing

    Employment: junior role within a hairdressing salon.

Interview arrangements

The interview involves:

  • Welcome and course information
  • Individual interview
  • Practical skills test
  • Written task

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.  Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.