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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year (August to June)

Our HNC Hairdressing course is designed for those with previous hairdressing experience.

It will enhance your knowledge and understanding of hairdressing while developing your skill set and technical ability in line with current industry standards to ensure you are up to date with the latest trends, techniques, and best practice.

A social media unit is also incorporated into the course to ensure you are showcasing your skills effectively across various social media platforms whilst building your personal brand.

What will I learn?

During this HNC Hairdressing course you will learn:

  • Classic and creative cutting 
  • Principles of colouring 
  • Hair and scalp treatments 
  • Social media 
  • Work placement 
  • Creative long hair looks
  • Graded unit 1

Please note: attendance for this course is at the start of the week so you can continue working in salons while pursuing your education. This flexible approach caters to the needs of working professionals, enabling you to seamlessly integrate theoretical learning with practical experience in real salon settings. 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • NQ/ NC Level 6 Hairdressing 
  • SVQ Level 2 or 3 Hairdressing 
  • If you do not have formal qualifications, but have more than two years industrial experience working as a stylist with own column, you may be considered if you pass a skills test at the interview stage and can provide one industry-relevant reference. 
  • You must secure a work placement prior to commencing the course. This must be working at least one day a week in a salon for the duration of the course. 
  • You will be expected to provide your own tools and equipment.

Entry requirement equivalency table 

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area. 

Employer and industry links

A range of well-known employers from Glasgow and the local area engage with us to influence the direction of this course. Activities such as competition skills enrich the student experience to guarantee enhanced opportunities for our hairdressing students. 

View our industry links by following @glasgowclydehairbeautyspa on Instagram  and Facebook 

Jobs and further study

As an HNC qualified hairdresser, you will have the skills required to become an assessor and this course is ideal for those thinking about a career in teaching the subject. An assessor award is the next port of call. 

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Invited to book an information / interview session. These sessions will take place from February onwards. During this session, you will be required to carry out a short,written task, which should reflect a strong interest in hairdressing, why you have chosen to pursue a career in the hairdressing industry. Next, you will be invited to a third stage which is a practical session on campus, under supervised conditions.  Each stage is a competitive process and you will be scored throughout. Only those who pass these stages will be offered a place.  All stages will take place between February and August 2023.  Please note that you should provide proof of qualifications held or pending (for example, if you are currently studying NC, NQ Hairdressing Level 5/SVQ Level 3 Hairdressing at SCQF Level 6) including evidence of  ESOL Intermediate Level 2 or equivalent. It is essential that you either email these items prior to interview or bring along to interview in order to move on to the next stage. These should be emailed to admissionsmailbox@glasgowclyde.ac.uk
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6078