Hairdressing SVQ3

What is special about this course?

Gain an employer-respected qualification and develop existing hairdressing skills in line with current industry practice, techniques and products. 

Prepare for further study and/or employment within the fast-paced hairdressing industry, learning the latest creative cutting, colouring, styling and dressing techniques. You will build your confidence, speed and dexterity as you prepare for work as a stylist in a salon or self-employment. 

This course is highly practical in nature and is a natural progression on from the SVQ Level 2..You will enhance existing skills developing fashion techniques in colouring and cutting to an advanced technical level.  You will continue to gain realistic experience in our modern training salon, equipped with the latest equipment and products. 

This course is also available as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for work-based students.  You will be expected to engage with industry either through work placements or guest lectures.

Entry requirements

  • SVQ 2 Hairdressing
  • Equivalent qualification and salon experience

Subjects will include:

  • Creative colour

  • Provide hair colour corrective services

  • Creative cutting

  • Creatively set style and dress and finish hair using advanced techniques

  • Plan, implement and evaluate promotional activities 




How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Blended Learning, including the following:

  • Face-to-face classroom and practical activities in a realistic salon environment.
  • Research project
  • Online resources
  • Group work
  • Work placement. You are expected to find a salon placement.

As part of your course, you will work with community groups and participate in fundraising events to enhance your experience. 

The full time 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?

12 Months

Where can I study my course?

    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.

    Additional costs

    You will be required to purchase a kit/uniform as part of this course (between £250 and £300). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.


    What can I do on completion of my course?

    • Further Continuing Professional Development (CPD) study
    • Hairdressing employment

    Is there more information available online?

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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.