Hairdressing SCQF 5 (Thurso) SVQ

What is special about this course?

The SVQ Hairdressing SCQF 5 course offers prospective students the opportunity to develop hands-on, practical skills in various aspects of hairstyling, including cutting, colouring, styling and client consultation.

The course is designed to provide a solid foundation in hairdressing, while also focusing on professionalism, customer service, and staying current with industry trends. Students will gain invaluable practical experience by being a part of our commercial training salon, House of Morven. 


Entry requirements

  • Two National 5 and three National 4 qualifications (five Standard Grades at Level 3 or above)
  • Candidates who do not have the above requirements but who have successfully completed Access to Service Industries course or an SVQ Level 1 in Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing will be considered. 
  • Work experience in a hair salon will be an advantage

Please note that applying for this course does not guarantee a Modern Apprenticeship place, your application will be discussed with you in the first instance.

  • 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
  • Dry, style and finish hair using hairdressing techniques
  • Braid, twist and thread wrap hair
  • Provide basic business support and services

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Day release

Attendance for the full-time course is over one academic session, if attending on a day-release basis this will take two academic years.

Blended delivery - Students will carry out practical learning in our commercial salon and will complete some theory elements of the course online through our Virtual Learning Environment.

How long will my course last?

one Academic Year

One year full time, longer part time

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Upon successful completion of the course, students can pursue employment opportunities as a junior stylist or progress on to the SVQ Hairdressing SCQF 6 to further advance their skills.

A hairdressing qualification can lead to various exciting career opportunities such as a hair stylist, colour technician, salon manager, freelance stylist, educator or trainer, product sales representative, fashion or editorial stylist, or even opening your own salon.

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