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Hairdressing HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Hair & Beauty, Hospitality and Leisure

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

29th Aug 2022, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    The HNC Hairdressing course is designed for hairdressers currently working in the profession who are seeking an advanced certificate in hairdressing. This course will provide you with the highest qualification currently held in hairdressing. The course is designed for experienced stylists or newly qualified stylists who want to further their studies.

    All technical units build and expand your existing skills, knowledge as a stylist, giving you the opportunity to design and create looks based on current fashion. A specialised unit in hair and scalp allows you to develop a deeper understanding of hair loss and implications of conditions and how to treat. This is an invaluable tool for the current market of clientele suffering hair loss.  You'll also learn new skills in photoshop to portray your work and advance in your communication skills via writing and presenting.

    Lecturers teaching on your course are equipped with vast experience and expertise in Hairdressing and learning and teaching methods. Your lecturers continually upskill in professional development and pride themselves as Colour Experts/Specialists, Trichologists and Cutting Ambassadors. One of our core values as lecturers and industry experts is to support you as an individual to flourish as a student.

    Your course will be interactive using a variety of methods to ensure your learning and progression needs are met. Units are lecturer-led, however, we fully encourage you to take ownership of your own learning through designing looks, working with other college students from make-up artists to photographers and organising charity events.

    Career prospects and employment opportunities are excellent with many of our students who previously undertaken this course; going on to study TQFE, secured lecturing positions, became self-employed and starting own businesses, became private educators, living and working in Australia and working as a stylist on cruise liner via Steiner. You may also have opportunities to take part in European Partner Student Exchanges. 

    On successful completion of this course, you'll be awarded an HNC Hairdressing.

    This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. 

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 or SVQ level 3 in Hairdressing; OR
    • A minimum of 5 years' experience within the hairdressing profession; OR
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    Additional selection requirements

    You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    ESOL entry requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

    What you study

    You'll study:

    • Classic and Creative Cutting.
    • Principles of Colouring.
    • Hair and Scalp Treatments.
    • Social Media.
    • Work Placement.
    • Graded Unit 1.

    Additional units will be added to make up Group Award.

    After the course


    On successful completion of the course you could operate your own business, apply for employment on-board cruise liners, lecturing posts in Further Education or as a Company Technician / Trainer.

    Continuing Study

    On successful completion of the course, you can apply for entry to HND Make-up Artistry, TQFE via Stirling or Dundee University or undertake Assessor Awards.


    How the course is taught

    The course is taught over 3 blocks entailing 12 teaching weeks and you'll be continually assessed throughout.

    Assessment methods

    The course entails a variety of assessment methods; Practical, Closed book and portfolio building.

    Additional Information


    You're expected to supply your own equipment and tools should be fit for purpose in all aspects of hairdressing. In addition, you should bring your own stationery. 

    Dress code

    There is no specific dress code. However, you're expected to have a professional appearance.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      29th Aug 2022, 1 year
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome