Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing
(Department of Education and Skills Junior Trade Certificate both practical and written)
Programme Co-ordinator: Ashling Kenrick
Award Code: 5M3351
Course Code: 414217

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme that enables learners to obtain a range of practical and theoretical skills en route to attaining the QQI Level 5 Major Award in Hairdressing as well as the Department of Education and Skills Junior Trade Certificate.  

Component Awards:

  • Hairdressing Theory and Practice (5N3345)        
  • Hairdressing Science (5N3346)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Creative Styling (5N3349)
  • Customer Service (5N0972)
  • Event Production (5N1374)
  • Barbering Techniques (5N3348)
  • Reception and Frontline Office Skills (5N1407)


  • Successful candidates can progress to salon apprenticeships, stylist positions and product company representatives. Hair and Beauty salon, Barbering Cruise ships, theatre
  • There are also opportunities to access further and higher education including progression to complete advanced qualifications at Level 6 at College of Further Education and Training, Kilkenny. 

Additional Activities:

  • Additional short courses, industry workshops in Upstyling and Colouring, field trips and excursions may be offered throughout the year, including visits to the Wella Academy for courses on Colour Focus 1 and Focus 2
  • Learners will also attend the annual Hair and Beauty show at the RDS.

“The Level 5 Hairdressing course has really given me an insight into the hairdressing life and everything that is required and expected. I learned new skills every day. The course allows you to be as creative as you desire and gives you all the knowledge you need going forward to eventually work in a salon. I enjoyed every day of this course and I can’t wait to start level 6!”

Amy – Hairdressing