Hairdressing - Introduction to Foundation SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

If you are a school leaver or mature student returning to education this course is an ideal introduction to the world of hairdressing.

You will develop a variety of employment skills and knowledge for entry into the hairdressing industry.

This course will further develop your confidence and teamwork skills making you more employable as a Salon Junior or help you progress as you embark on your hairdressing career.

It will also prepare you for further study by providing skills required for entry into SCQF Level 5 Foundation Hairdressing.

Special features

  • You will gain basic practical skills in a rewarding and creative industry
  • You will study full time
  • There are progression opportunities on completion of this course
  • You will study within a real working environment using professional products

Entry requirements

Working towards two National 4s including English or equivalent e.g. may include relevant attainment at National 3.

You must attend a Course Information Event held prior to the course commencing.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have the skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to Foundation Colour
  • Introduction to Styling and Finish the Hair
  • Introduction to Shampoo & Condition
  • Develop Working Relationships and Personal Growth
  • Introduction to Salon Assistant Roles
  • Coping Strategies and Building Resilience
  • Stress Relief and Techniques
  • Core Skills: Communication, Numeracy, and Information and Communication Technology


  • A uniform (tunic, trousers, and shoes)
  • Hairdressing Tool Kit

Order forms are sent out to successful applicants and costs may be included within the bursary which you must apply for separately.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From August/September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course.
  • Full Time

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

While the hairdressing department operates three commercial salons, you are encouraged to find your own clients where possible to meet the specific requirements of the portfolio.

How long will my course last?


1 academic year

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

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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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may progress onto further study including:

  • Foundation Hairdressing (SCQF Level 5)
  • Foundation Barbering (SCQF Level 5)

Alternatively, you can enter employment within the hairdressing industry as a Salon Junior.

Is there more information available online?

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