SVQ Hairdressing SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) recognise competence in job-related skills and are based on National Occupational Standards.

This SVQ covers areas such as shampooing, conditioning and treating the hair and scalp; setting, styling and dressing the hair; colouring and lightening hair; and perming and neutralising hair.

Entry requirements

Students can start without any prior qualifications depending on existing skills and experience. For the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good understanding of English and Communication skills.

Mandatory units include.

  • Consult, Assess, Plan and Prepare for Hair, Barbering, Beauty, Nails, Wellbeing and Holistic Services
  • Implement and Maintain Safe, Hygienic and Effective Working Practices
  • Shampoo, Condition and Treat the Hair and Scalp
  • Set, Style and Dress Hair
  • Colour and Lighten the Hair
  • Cut and Clipper Hair using Hairdressing Techniques



How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face classroom with additional self-directed study.

How long will my course last?

1 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.


You may be eligible for a bursary or education maintenance allowance towards your course fees and costs


For more information on funding, please contact 

What can I do on completion of my course?

This SVQ is suitable for: individuals who are currently in employment as a junior stylist and who wish to obtain a formal qualification and individuals in self-employment building their portfolio of customers. Also, those who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses.


Studying further units, you can also gain the Hairdressing SVQ3 at SCQF6 or NC in Hairdressing at SCQF5.


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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.