VRQ Level 1 Diploma in an
Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector (Hair Route) Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4

The ideal starting point for those who want to work in the hair and beauty industry, specialising in hairdressing.


Why take this course?

The course is for those who are interested in an exciting and rewarding career in hairdressing, but want to find out more about what to expect from the industry. It will allow you to develop essential practical skills in a realistic salon environment.

What you will experience

You will learn how to carry out shampooing, conditioning, styling, dressing, plaiting, twisting and basic hair colouring techniques on women. One unit is dedicated to men’s styling. You will also develop an understanding of contact dermatitis prevention, health and safety, working effectively with others, reception duties and how to present a professional image in the salon. This learning will provide excellent preparation for progressing towards further study or employment.

Core skills of Numeracy and Communication at Intermediate 1/2 will be also be covered.

Hairdressing student styling hair

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of three National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade General level qualifications. Alternatively, applicants should have appropriate life or work experience.

Good communication and practical skills are required, with the ability to develop and learn essential skills. You must have a genuine interest in becoming a hairdresser and be committed to the profession.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase the designated kit, textbook(s) and uniform.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course(s) at North East Scotland College:


The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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