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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course follows on from NC level 6 hairdressing, offering an employer-respected qualification to help students progress within the hairdressing industry. The course is designed in partnership with Habia to maintain its relevance to the sector.

Read about Faye Thompson's West Lothian College experience here


    What the course includes

    The course covers the skills and knowledge to respond creatively to individual clients when cutting, colouring and dressing their hair. It includes work experience within a hairdressing salon to support progress into employment.

Why choose this course

Gain an employer respected qualification.

You will learn in a salon environment; guest speakers will tell you about career options; and additional courses will keep you up to date with trends.

You will be required to complete a work placement which will help you build experience and networks to support you into employment when you complete your course.

Entry requirements

At least one of the following or equivalent:

  • NC level 6 hairdressing
  • SVQ level 2 hairdressing

You also need to show that you are motivated, enthusiastic and interested in the hairdressing industry.

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

  • Where it leads

    Education: HNC Hairdressing.

    Employment: Working in a salon or a freelance hairdresser, self employment

Interview arrangements

We will invite you for an interview which involves:

  • Welcome and course information
  • Written task
  • Individual interview
  • Practical skills test: : you must bring a suitable model for a cut and style, to be completed within a commercially-viable timeframe (90 minutes). The cut should incorporate 2 cutting categories (one length, increased layer, uniform, short graduation) and a minimum of 2 techniques (point cutting, thinning, texturizing, chipping in, razoring, slicing, tapering) removing minimum of 1 inch.

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, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.