SCQF Level 4
Hair and Beauty

Course Overview

This exciting 18-week course covers the skills required to start your career in the Hairdressing industry as a junior in a hairdressing salon.

Throughout the course you will have practical sessions working on clients and Mannequin heads and online theory classes covering the knowledge required to complete all written work as part of your course. You will be required to have access to IT to enable you to complete this part of the course e.g. laptop, Pc, iPhone, Android phone, Tablet, Ipad.

You will work as a team with your peers preparing and delivering hairdressing services including shampooing, conditioning, blow drying and removing colour, as well as with your own clients. You must also be prepared to work on other people to allow for you to complete the practical elements of the course.  

Training at Edinburgh College will enhance your employability prospects as we have an exceptional standard of facilities and highly qualified lecturers. You will work in our salons or studios providing a realistic industry environment and gain essential practical experience working on paying clients with high-end product companies such as Wella which will enhance your employment prospects. Edinburgh College is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by Wella; one of only two Scottish colleges with this professional recognition. You will be provided with up to date training in new innovations and techniques with leading product manufacturers and hairdressers.


Once successfully completing the 18-week course you can then move onto the Prep to level 2 Hairdressing course from January to June (Semester 2) building the necessary skills that is required for progression into either the level 2 Hairdressing course the following August


Please note:

  • All theory will be delivered online - you will be required to have access to IT to enable you to complete this part of the course e.g. laptop, Pc, iPhone, Android phone
  • There is an additional cost for course kit, uniforms and books which must be purchased prior to starting the course. 
  • Students will also be expected to bring in clients for practice and assessment purposes


If you are interested in being a model for our students or want to try out our star facilities before beginning your studying journey, simply book in for a treatment. Check out our price list here

What You Will Learn
  • Preparing for the Salon Environment
  • Services Shampoo and Condition Hair
  • Working as a Team Member
  • Blow-Drying
  • Assisting with Colouring
  • Plait and Twist using Basic Techniques
Placement Information
  • It is beneficial for your progress to find a work placement but this is not a mandatory aspect for this level of course
Entry Requirements
  • All applicants must be 16 years of age or older before the start of the course and hold
  • Minimum of 3 National 4 passes, plus 3 Core Skill passes – preferably ICT and Communication
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • All practical aspects of the course are assessed on paying clients within our salons
  • The theory aspects of the course are carried out online, completing open book assignments
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • All applicants will be asked to complete and submit a moodboard and a 500 word written brief – these will be scored  
  • Successful applicants will then be invited to a formal telephone/ Microsoft Teams interview –where your moodboard and brief will be discussed along with other relevant questions relating to the course and your goals and experience
  • Thereafter you will be given a date to attend campus to carry out your skills test to ensure you have the correct dexterity skills for the course and Dermatitis task
  • The formal interview has a scoring criterion based on - communication skills at interview, along with the moodboard, written brief and skills test
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Preparation for Level 2 Hairdressing (January)
  • Preparation for level 2 Barbering – Granton Campus (January)
Career Opportunities

Opportunity into employment within the Hairdressing industry at a junior level or continue with your studies in Preparation to Level 2 Hairdressing or Preparation to Barbering in Semester 2 and thereafter Level 2 Hairdressing or Level 2 Barbering the following academic year

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week (9-4pm) plus one evening (4:30-8pm)
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Our success stories speak for themselves. As well as becoming talented hairdressers in college, our students’ skills are put to the test in a variety of annual national competitions and events throughout their college year.  e.g. Wella Exposure; the Association of Hairdressing and Therapists (AHT) and representing HABIA (the hairdressing national lead body) on stage at the Scottish Hair and Beauty Show. This provides our students with wonderful extracurricular opportunities, not only do they get to test their skills against other students from across the UK, they also network with likeminded individuals and make new friends for life.







Edinburgh College sweep up at national hair and beauty competition with a 15-medal haul - Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College hairdressing students style their way to national competition finals - Edinburgh College

Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 21/01/2022
Course Delivery
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MIDLOTHIAN x x x x x
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SIGHTHILL x x x x x
OUTREACH x x x x x

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