Access to Hairdressing and Beauty Therapies SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

The Access to Hairdressing and Beauty Therapies course will allow you to develop understanding and skills in hairdressing and beauty therapies through a set of basic foundation practical skills including:

  • shampoo and condition hair
  • styling and finishing the hair
  • make up skills
  • waxing

This course will provide an opportunity to combine hairdressing and beauty therapy technical skills and develop good working practice across both areas. The inclusion of Personal Development: Practical Abilities and Improving Wellbeing units will help you build confidence and resilience with Core Skills being embedded and enhanced throughout the programme.

Special features:

  • Short full-time course
  • Progression opportunities
  • Introduction to both professions within an everchanging industry
  • No previous experience required
  • Learn current skills and techniques

Entry requirements

Evidence that you can work at National 3 or 4 level in two subjects (including English or equivalent).

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to Styling and Finish the Hair
  • Introduction to Shampoo & Condition
  • Introduction to Waxing
  • Current Make Up Skills
  • Stress Relief Techniques
  • Personal Development: Practical Abilities
  • Develop Working Relationships and Personal Growth
  • Core Skills – Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology, Communication
  • Wellbeing and Mindfulness


You will be required to purchase a uniform, shoes, and kit. If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

  • Equipment: Hair kit (brushes, combs, clips) and make up brush & tool kit (£235.37)
  • Uniform: Uniform approx. £137.18 to include tops, trousers, apron, and shoes

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This is a practical based course with face-to-face practical classes on campus supplemented with our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of this course provides an exit pathway to employment as a salon assistant and early stages of training for the industry profession of both subjects.

Alternatively, you can progress onto the following SCQF Level 5 programmes:

  • Hairdressing  
  • Barbering
  • Beauty & Aesthetic Therapies 
  • Microblading Artistry

To progress to a relevant SCQF Level 5 programme in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy, continuing students must successfully complete all assessed credits.

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Apply for Access to Hairdressing and Beauty Therapies SCQF Level 4

Applications for this subject are currently closed.

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.