Hairdressing (SCQF Level 5) Modern Apprenticeship

What is special about this course?

Modern Apprenticeships offer anyone aged over 16 paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs across a wide range of sectors. They are an exciting way of gaining skills and qualifications that will help to start a career without having to study full time.

All the Modern Apprenticeship frameworks are developed by the appropriate sector skills council in consultation with their industry. Modern Apprenticeship frameworks can also be used as the basis for training more established employees.

Off the job learning usually takes place through colleges or training providers.

Here at UHI Moray we offer a range of Modern Apprenticeships across a range of sectors and work closely with a number of employers within the Highlands and Islands areas.

This SCQF Level 5 (SVQ Level 2) will provide a firm foundation for building the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in hairdressing.

Applicants should have an ability and willingness to communicate with people.

It is recommended that applicants/employees and employers attend a Course Information Event held prior to the course commencing.


Entry requirements

2 Standard Grades at General level (or equivalent)


3 National 4s, including English


SVQ in Hairdressing and Barbering SCQF Level 4 (formerly SVQ Level 1)


satisfactory attainment of a SCQF Level 4 course.


Candidates must be in full time employment in the Hairdressing industry.

• Style and Finish Hair

• Set and Dress Hair

• Cut Hair Using Basic Techniques

• Colour and Lighten Hair

• Advise and Consult with Clients

• Shampoo, Condition and Treat Hair and Scalp

• Develop and Maintain Your Effectiveness at Work

• Plait and Twist Hair

• Fulfil Salon Reception Duties

• Communication

• Numeracy

• Information Communication Technology

• Problem Solving

• Working with Others


A Hairdressing Tool Kit, Cutting Kit and Text book is required for the practical elements of this course.   The Training Manager will order all equipment on your behalf.  While the hairdressing epartment operates 3 commercial salons, students are encouraged to find their own clients where possible to meet the specific requirements of the portfolio.

How will I study my course?

  • Day release

Teaching will consist of face to face and online activities including virtual classrooms.

How long will my course last?

2 Academic Year

Day-release - 1 day per week over 2 years

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.


Funding from Skills Development Scotland  to contribute towards the cost of the apprentices training under the Modern Apprenticeship programme is available for all young people aged 16 – 19 for all frameworks. Funding may also be available for young people between the ages of 20 – 24 and 25+. This is dependent on the frameworks and sectors and can change annually.

For more information about funding please contact: Jacqui Taylor on 01343 576425 e mail or Fiona Anderson on 01343 576429 email

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study may include SVQ in Hairdressing SCQF Level 6 or employment within the Hairdressing industry.

Is there more information available online?

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Applicants should have an ability  and a willingness to communicate with people.  Good time management is required due to the part time delivery of this programme.

For more information about the Modern Apprenticeship programme in the first instance please contact Jacqui Taylor, Head of Marketing and External Relations on (01343) 576425 or e mail

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