This course provides the knowledge and skills for employment in the area of Hairdressing. There is particular emphasis placed on the practical side of Hairdressing, where learners will gain the skills necessary to work in a salon locally, nationally and internationally. Master integral skills such as barbering, colouring, upstyling in a fully equipped and working salon. Gain the benefit of work experience in an established hairdressing salon on a day-release basis throughout the academic year. Students participate in hairdressing competitions, beauty & skincare workshops.

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1 year

  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing 5M3351 Junior Trades

450 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from QQI examination fee of €50) Note: Fees for 2023/24 are being updated.

  • Hairdressing Theory and Practice 5N3445 Appreciate the need for safe & hygenic work practices. Learn how to establish & maintain good personal relationships with clients & colleagues. Gain a basic knowledge of hair style & design. Gain proficiency in basic hairdressing skills. Understand the organisation & workings of a hairdressing salon.
  • Hairdressing Science  5N3346 Gain a working knowledge of the hair & skin structure, body systems & their relation to hair & skin. Develop an awareness of chemicals used in the industry & health and safety procedures relating to their use. Gain an appreciation of the disorders revealed in the hairdressing industry.
  • Safety & Health at Work  5N1794 To create an awareness of safety & health issues in the workplace. Identification of hazards. Duties of the Employer & Employee. An appreciation of legislation and acting appropriately to avoid incidents.
  • Customer Service 5N0972 Understand the value of the customer service discipline. Learn how to provide customer service effectively within a hairdressing/beauty environment. Explore the role & responsibilities of a representative of an organisation and work effectively as part of a team.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 One day a week work placement in a salon. One-to-one consultation in relation to your CV design and finding a suitable placement – focussing on your skills and talents, etc. Link with local employers and job opportunities
  • Barbering   5N3348 Learn how to work to a professional standard. Become proficient in basic barbering skills. Gain a clear understanding of the workings of a Barber Shop. Develop safe & hygienic work practices
  • Creative Styling 5N3349 Equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide an upstyle, wig, hairpiece or hair extension service for a client using relevant equipment and styling products

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants are interviewed. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English

  • Students undertake work placement one day per week in a hairdressing salon/barbers.
  • Fully equipped training salon
  • Small classes
  • Professional guest lecturers
  • Site visits
  • CCOC Phorest Salon Software
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Entrepreneurial Skills Workshop
  • Graduates from this programme may progress to Senior Trades Certificate, which is the highest level of hairdressing in Ireland, and then progress into the workforce.
  •  TUS: Beauty and Spa Management (US792) MTU(Cork) Business (MT550)
  • Go to our progressions database at for exact requirements on progressions for this course.
Hair Stylist, Frontline Receptionist, Barbering, Mobile Hairdressing, Stage or Film Work, Specialised Beautician, Cruise Ships, Air Hostess, Hairdressing Retail Shop, Hair & Beauty Sales Representatives

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