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Students practising hair styling on models in the salon.
Cardonald Campus
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
18 weeks (August to January)

Do you want to work in the hair and beauty industry? Are skills and qualification gaps stopping you from achieving your career ambitions? Gateway to Hairdressing and Beauty course could be for you.

Designed for students who want to take that first step back into education, Gateway to Hairdressing and Beauty course aims to improve your confidence levels, help you get key qualifications, give you access to career guidance and employment opportunities and to highlight future learning opportunities at the College.

What will I learn?

  • SCQF Level 4 Beauty qualifications
  • SCQF Level 4 Hairdressing qualifications
  • Employability qualifications
  • Event organisation opportunities
  • Personal development qualifications
  • Preparing for success and further study.

You need to bring a model in for assessment purposes.

Entry requirements (minimum)

There are no formal entry requirements for this course but:

  • You must be ready to study towards SCQF Level 4 qualifications  
  • You must be 16 years or over before the course start date
  • You must attend an information session
  • If English is not your first language you will need SQA National 4 ESOL or higher to cope with the portfolio coursework 
  • An interest in working in the hair and beauty industry.

There is a commitment to attend all lessons in person, face to face.  

This is not an English language course, if English is not your first language you should already have an intermediate level of understanding and use. 

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

You will be supported to search and apply for work in the Hair and Beauty Industry. You will develop your knowledge of career paths and employment opportunities. 

Jobs and further study

If you successfully complete this course, you are guaranteed an interview for progression to a Beauty or Hairdressing course at Glasgow Clyde College.

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 attend an information session which will include an interview and, if required, a test to ascertain your level of English. You should be ready to discuss any previous experience or qualifications at the interview, and bring evidence of any qualifications and residency
  • 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 272 3104