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 emphasis is on the development of employability skills and 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.
  • 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
  • Communication 
  • Hairdressing Theory 
  • Competition Work

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

This course will be delivered by blended learning - a combination of face to face and remote learning. You will attend campus in person one day per week and you will access timetabled sessions remotely, via your computer or device, two days per week.

    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


    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

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

    Is there more information available online?

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    "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

    You can start this course in either August or January.

    To start in August 2021  Click Here

    To start in January 2022  Click Here

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