Hairdressing SCQF 6 (Thurso) SVQ

What is special about this course?

The SVQ Hairdressing SCQF 6 offers progression for individuals who have completed the SCQF 5 course or those who have extensive work experience and are looking to advance their skills in hairstyling.

The programme offers an advanced exploration of the craft, refining and learning new techniques such as advanced colouring, cutting and styling. The curriculum includes units that are essential in becoming a full stylist, and places emphasis on salon management skills, health and safety and promotion of products and services, preparing students for leadership roles within the industry.

You will benefit from learning at our commercial salon, House of Morven, giving you the practical knowledge and customer skills required to develop & maintain positive working relationships with customers and members of your work team. 


This full or part time course is for hairdressers with salon experience. In addition to learning the theoretical aspects of hairdressing, you will also be able to gain invaluable practical experience by being a part of the commercial training salon based in House of Morven on the main campus. The SVQ level 3 Hairdressing covers units which are essential to become a full stylist.

Entry requirements

  • SVQ Hairdressing SCQF 5 OR extensive work experience.

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.

The subjects studied are those essential to a full stylist, including:

  • Fashion cutting and colouring
  • Styling techniques including creatively dressing long hair, and avant garde styles
  • Salon management skills
  • Promotion of services and products
  • Health and safety
  • Students are required to attend a salon placement on a weekly basis

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part 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 year full time, longer part time

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Upon successful completion of the SVQ Hairdressing SCQF 6, you'll be well-prepared to pursue various career opportunities in the hairstyling industry. Here are some of the paths you can consider:

  1. Hair Stylist: You can work in salons, offering a wide range of services such as haircuts, styling, colouring, and treatments to clients.

  2. Colour Technician: Specialise in hair colouring techniques, becoming an expert in creating and maintaining different hair colours and shades.

  3. Salon Manager: With experience and additional training, you can take on managerial roles in salons, overseeing daily operations, staff, and client services.

  4. Freelance Stylist: If you prefer flexibility, you can work as a freelance stylist, offering your services to clients in their homes or at special events.

  5. Educator or Trainer: Share your knowledge and skills by becoming an instructor at a cosmetology school or training centre, helping aspiring hairstylists develop their craft.

  6. Product Sales Representative: Work for beauty product companies, promoting and selling hair care products to professionals and consumers.

  7. Fashion or Editorial Stylist: Explore opportunities in the fashion and entertainment industries, styling models, and actors, or preparing individuals for photoshoots and runway shows.

  8. Entrepreneurship: For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, consider opening your own salon or offering specialised services in a niche area of hairstyling.

Building a successful career in hairstyling often involves continuous learning and staying up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques. You may wish to consider pursuing further education and certifications to advance your skills and expand your career opportunities.

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