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

NC Hairdressing Level 5 (First Year) is a recognised qualification, which provides a solid foundation for the start of a very exciting and rewarding career in the world of hairdressing.

It will set the stage for your professional journey, ensuring you are fully equipped with the essential skills and knowledge such as cutting, colouring, styling and client consultation for employment in the Hairdressing industry.

What will I learn?

During this level 5 hairdressing course you will learn:

  • Shampooing, conditioning and scalp massage
  • Blow drying techniques
  • Setting and winding techniques
  • Long hair
  • Preparation to technical services
  • Basic cutting categories
  • Mix, apply and remove hair colour
  • Competition technical skills
  • Apply practical skills
  • Client consultation techniques

You will also be given the opportunity to develop your IT skills as this is integrated throughout the programme for all written and folio work.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • You must be 16 years or over before course start date
  • ESOL Level Intermediate Level 2 for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Suitability for the course will be determined by an interview, a written test and a practical skills test where you will be asked to prove your passion for the industry
  • It is recommended that applicants seek a placement in a salon for one day a week for work experience

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 (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 (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

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

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional)
  • Invited to book an information session and interview. During this session, you will be required to carry out a practical task and a short,  written task, which should reflect why you have chosen to train and pursue a career in the hairdressing industry.  Each of these stages is 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 from February onwards. You will be required to demonstrate your passion for the industry in order to be offered a place on the course.  You should provide proof of qualifications held or pending (for example, NQ Hairdressing with Make-up Skills (Level 4)) and evidence of ESOL intermediate Level 2 or equivalent if English is not your first language. It is essential that you email these items or bring to along to interview, in order to move on to the next stage. These should be emailed to admissions@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 list – following 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