Introduction to Hairdressing SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

The world of hairdressing is continually evolving with new trends, techniques and products.  Take your first steps into the industry and build skills to create and maintain the latest styles with this introductory qualification.

Our training salons are equipped with the latest equipment and products where you can practice washing and blow drying hair and basic styling techniques. 

You will also have the opportunity to volunteer for projects such as fashion shows, organise fundraising events for charity and learn from industry experts. 

You will need to be passionate, creative, committed, and enjoy working with people. Throughout the course we focus on development of employability skills and the attitudes valued by employers. 

Support is available from student services and lecturers to assist you throughout your course.

Entry requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course however your personal statement should reflect your passion for this subject.
  • Applicants should have good manual dexterity and enjoy meeting and working with people.

You will cover the following units: 

  • Prepare for hair services and maintain a personal appearance
  • Personal development of effective working relationships
  • Creative hairdressing images.
  • Introduction to blow drying hair.
  • Introduction to shampoo and conditioning hair.
  • Introduction to setting
  • Introduction to plait and twist hair
  • Introduction to make up
  • Communication 
  • Hairdressing Theory 
  • Competition Work

How will I study my course?

    Blended Learning, including the following:

    • Online resources
    • Face to face and practical teaching
    • Group work
    • Assisting other student stylists

    As part of your course, you will work with community groups and participate in fundraising events to enhance your experience.  These activities may take place outwith timetabled hours.

    The course is timetabled for up to 3 days per week between 9am and 5pm, with the possibility of an early evening session. 

    How long will my course last?

    18 Weeks

    Where can I study my course?

      • Inverness Campus

    Start date

    August and January


    If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

    Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

    Scottish students

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)






    Rest of UK students

    For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)




    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full time 


     Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    • Progression to Hairdressing, SCQF Level 5, SVQ 2
    • Work based employment in hairdressing.

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    "This course provides you with a fantastic foundation in hairdressing essentials preparing you for progression to the next stage. Our lecturers are supportive and encouraging allowing you to 'grow' in confidence developing current hairdressing skills"

    Sharon MacFarlane, Head of School - Creative Arts

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