• code: 5M3351
    • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing
    • Department of Education and Skills: Junior Trade Certificate in Hairdressing
  • DURATION:One Year, September to May


This intensive course in Hairdressing is designed to Introduce and provide students with the basic professional techniques and related knowledge required for employment in the specialized Hairdressing industry. Students will gain recognized professional qualifications. Practical training is provided in the fully equipped college hairdressing salon. Work Experience programme offers students opportunity to further develop their skills.

Please note that students are required to purchase their hairdressing kit and uniform and have additional exam fees.

Programme of Study*
  • Hairdressing Theory and Practice
  • Hairdressing Science
  • Creative Styling
  • Salon Ethics
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Personal Effectiveness

* Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Career Opportunities

Having successfully completed the certificate in Hairdressing course, students can pursue an apprenticeship in Hairdressing.

Higher Education Progression

Having successfully completed the certificate in Hairdressing course, Students may progress to the Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing Level 6 course. 

Course Coordinator

Julia Mullally, jmullally@portlaoisecollege.ie

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