Hair Styling 6
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Courses starting in August 2023 will open for applications on Monday 16th January 2023.

NC Hairdressing (First Year) is a recognised first year qualification designed to prepare you for the start of an exciting career in the hairdressing industry. It will not only develop your knowledge and skills in all aspects of hairdressing, such as hair cutting, colouring and styling techniques but also includes hands-on hairdressing practice to develop your experience.

What will I learn?

  • Shampooing, conditioning and scalp massage
  • Blow drying techniques
  • Ladies hairdressing: basic cutting categories
  • Mix, apply and remove hair colour
  • Competition technical skills

Entry requirements (minimum)

Internal Applicants

  • Progression from Level 4 to Level 5 Hairdressing is not guaranteed. A conditional offer does not secure a place
  • The teaching team will consider your application and progress over the Level 4 course taking into account: attendance, timekeeping, progression in terms of theory and practical skills, ability to cope at Level 5 and references from the teaching team in order to make a final (unconditional) offer.

External Applicants

  • You must be 16 years or over before course start date
  • SCQF Level 4 English or ESOL Level 4
  • Suitability for the course will be determined by an interview on Microsoft Teams and a practical skills test where you will be asked to prove your passion for the industry.

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

The department has strong links with industry and you will be encouraged to take up salon work during your course to gain industry insight and knowledge.

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

Jobs and further study

  • NC Ladies Hairdressing with Gents Haircutting (Second Year) Level 6 
  • Depending on your confidence and skills, you may be able to apply for a position as a salon assistant or a first or second year junior.

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 and will be in contact as per the following stages:

Stage 1

Initially, we will be in contact to invite you to a Microsoft Teams group presentation and question and answer session.

Stage 2

During this session, you will be set a task to create a digital moodboard for submission. Your moodboard should reflect your passion for the hairdressing sector and will not only showcase your favourite professional hairdresser but will also reflect current trends in the industry.

Examples of moodboards will be shown at the presentation and you will be given two weeks to complete this task. 

Each of these stages are a competitive process and you will be scored throughout. Only those who pass these stages will be offered a place.

Both stages will take place between February and August 2021. Outcomes will be sent by email within 10 working days.

Proof of your passion for the industry is essential in order to be offered a place on the course.

You must supply:

  • Proof of qualifications held or pending (for example, NQ Hairdressing with Make-up Skills (Level 4)) including evidence of SCQF Level 4 English/ ESOL.

It is essential that you email these items in order to move on to next stage. These should be emailed to

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information such as student funding, joining instructions, uniform order form, induction dates and timetable.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6027