Hairdressing (Level 5)

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing / Department of Education and Skills Junior Trade Certificate
Programme Co-ordinator: Suzanne Sheridan
Award Code: 5M3351

Programme Description: This is a one-year, full-time programme that enables learners to obtain a range of practical and theoretical skills enroute 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)
  • Barbering Techniques (5N3348)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)
  • Reception and Frontline Office Skills (5N1407)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Customer Service (5N0972)
  • Event Production (5N1374)
  • Work Experience is mandatory Friday, also on block release over the Christmas period

Special Entry Requirements:

  • A related Level 4 qualification
  • Leaving Certificate Biology desirable but not essential


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

Additional Training:

  • There are a number of additional short courses offered throughout the year, which may, in some cases, entail further costs
  • Major industry companies visit the college to offer workshops in upstyling and colouring etc.
  • Several field trips and excursions will be organised throughout the academic 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 (Level 5) 2023