Hairdressing - NC Level 5 NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

This National Certificate (NC) is mainly aimed at candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in the hairdressing and barbering sectors.

Set at SCQF level 5, the NC is designed to meet industry needs and gives candidates the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to further qualifications that will enable employment locally.

It also provides underpinning knowledge and understanding for the competence-based SVQs.

Entry requirements

The candidate would require core skills in communications, numeracy and IT at National 4 level.

The emphasis is on developing basic skills which will be attractive to future employers both within and outwith the hairdressing industries. Candidates will gain a broad knowledge of the industry and the accepted practices.

This NC will  be delivered within the context of hairdressing so that candidates can develop a greater understanding of terminology, safety, working practices, research methods, personal skills, commercial targets and strategic industry objectives.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Vocational Pathway

This course is taught face-to-face.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall

Start date

19th August 2024


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.


Local Authority Bursary

What can I do on completion of my course?

Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty Therapy

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