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

Working towards 2 National 4s including English or equivalent, e.g., may include relevant attainment at National 3.

  • 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


A uniform, shoes and kit will require to be purchased. These costs  may be covered if you are eligible for a Bursary allowance. Forms available to purchase the following:
Equipment: Hair kit (brushes, combs, clips) / Make Up brush & tool kit (£47.79)
Uniform: Tunic and trousers £64.75 plus, shoes £36.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Blended learning.
Practical face to face, hands on sessions in a realistic working environment.
Online VLE sessions to cover theory.

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date

January 2023


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.


If you are in receipt of any DWP benefits, please note attendance on this programme may affect your entitlement. Please contact for further information and advice about sources of funding. 

Additional costs

Students may qualify for bursary, EMA or childcare funding. Please contact Student Services 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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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.