Hairdressing - Foundation SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course is designed to provide you with a firm foundation for building the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in hairdressing.

The course content 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

Entry requirements

Three National 4s, one of which must be English
satisfactory attainment of Introduction to Foundation Hairdressing (SCQF Level 4).
You must attend a Course Information Event held prior to the course commencing.

Course content includes:

  • Advise & Consult
  • Shampoo & Conditioning Treatments
  • Basic Colouring Techniques
  • Basic Styling Techniques
  • Coping Strategies and Building Resilience
  • Core Skills: Numeracy, Communication and Information and Communication Technology


Equipment required includes:
• A uniform (tunic, trousers and shoes)
• Hairdressing Tool Kit
• Cutting Kit and text book

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 year

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may progress onto the Hairdressing - Current Techniques: College Certificate (SCQF Level 6) programme.
Alternatively, you can enter employment within the hairdressing industry as a Junior Stylist.

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.