Hairdressing (National 4) Skills for Work

What is special about this course?

The course content provides you with a broad, experiential introduction to hairdressing. The focus is on experiencing the salon environment to learn about the different roles and responsibilities in hairdressing and to begin to develop vocational skills and knowledge.

Practical experience of general salon duties to support stylists and assisting with customer care is included. Specific skills involved in shampooing, conditioning and blow-drying hair are developed and the creative side of hairdressing is also explored, with pupils having the opportunity to experiment with style ideas.

The course content places emphasis throughout all units on employability skills and attitudes, which will help to prepare you for the workplace.

You will attend for alternate Fridays over one years (18 sessions).

Entry requirements

This Skills for Work course is open to Secondary 3 pupils.

Level one units:

  • Employability Skills
  • Working in the Salon
  • Salon Awareness
  • Creativity

How will I study my course?

  • Day release
  • Skills for Work

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Part time - one year (9.15am to 4.00pm, alternate Fridays) plus four hours study per week.

For Secondary 3 pupils

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic / Employment: this course may provide you with opportunities to progress to a SVQ/NVQ in Hairdressing, a full-time National Certificate in Hairdressing at mainland colleges or suitable training/employment.

Former students have: gone on to pursue a career in hairdressing.

Is there more information available online?

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Vocational pathways courses are offered through local schools early in February when a booklet is distributed to all secondary 2 pupils.

Please contact your Pupil Support Teacher if you are interested.


We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Shetland UHI UHI. Shetland 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.