Hairdressing - Foundation SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

Designed to provide you with a firm foundation for building the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in hairdressing, this course provides foundation training including basic cutting and colouring which are the key units required within the hairdressing industry.

This is a practical hands-on course providing you with the basic practical skills within a commercial salon to enter the industry at Junior Stylist level or progress to SVQ in Hairdressing (SCQF Level 6).

You must have an ability and willingness to communicate with people to be successful in the hairdressing industry.

Special features:

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

You will be given the opportunity to take part in work placements.

Entry requirements

  • Three National 4s (including English) OR
  • Completion of Introduction to Foundation Hairdressing (SCQF Level 4) or Access to Hairdressing and Beauty Therapies (SCQF Level 4).
  • You must attend a Course Information Event held prior to the course commencing.

Course content includes:

  • Consultation in Hairdressing
  • Shampoo & Conditioning Treatments
  • Basic Colouring Techniques
  • Basic Styling Techniques
  • Coping Strategies and Building Resilience
  • Wellbeing & Mindfulness
  • Core Skills: Numeracy, Communication, and Information and Communication Technology


You will be required to purchase equipment for this course.  If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

Equipment required includes:

  • A uniform (approx. £137.18 to include tops, trousers, apron, and shoes)
  • Hairdressing toolkit (approx. £415.53)
  • Cutting kit and textbook

Order forms will be sent out to you once you have confirmed and accepted your offer of a place on the course.

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).

While we operate a commercial salon, 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 Year

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?

Upon completion of this course, you may progress onto:

  • Foundation and Current Barbering (SCQF Level 5/6)
  • Hairdressing - Current Techniques: College Certificate (SCQF Level 6).

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

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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.