The Hairdressing industry is a dynamic working environment, with opportunities for many different careers. Our Level 5 course leads to internationally recognised qualifications in the art of hairdressing. You will learn the practical skills of hairdressing and styling, and the underpinning theoretical knowledge that will enable you to pursue a career in hairdressing business. You will work in professional facilities and with award-winning staff.

You will have opportunities to develop your skills and build a portfolio of work that will help you to progress to employment.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Progress to work
  • Internationally recognised qualifications
  • High-level skills training
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Award-winning hairdressing team
  • Build your own creative portfolio

Course Content

  • Hairdressing Theory and Practice
  • Hairdressing Science
  • Creative Hair Design Skills
  • Perm Hair
  • Bridal Hair Styling
  • Cut Womens Hair
  • Colour Hair
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Salon Hairstylist
  • Self-employed Hairstylist
  • Fashion Hairstylist
  • Product Representative
  • Cruise Ship Hairstylist
  • Resort Hairstylist
  • TV and Film Hairstylist
  • Wedding and Event Hairstylist


I decided to go back to hairdressing in Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training after having my son as I had lost confidence in myself and my hairdressing skills. I also wanted to gain qualifications that are recognized in the hairdressing industry as I had no qualifications to show for three years of training, I had previously done prior to having my son.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and completed the two years gaining my junior and senior trade certificate and QQI level 5 hairdressing award and QQI level 6 business award. I also made lifelong friends whilst on the course. I found all the teachers helpful and knowledgeable, kind caring and very approachable. I have also gained valuable advice since leaving the course and have constantly upskilled gaining my Master Diploma in hairdressing and Diploma in Education and Training. I am very proud to say I now am a hairdressing tutor.

Entry Requirements


  • City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing with Evolve 3002-66
    This international award at UK Level 3 is a full award equivalent to an Irish Level 5 major award
  • SEC Hairdressing Junior Trades


  • Standard registration and L5 exam costs
    (see costs, fees and finance).
  • City & Guilds exam costs €184
  • SEC Hairdressing Junior Trades €94

Additional Costs
Students on this programme require the following equipment and PPE, average costs are:

  • Hairdressing Kit €250
  • Books €35
  • Uniform Pack €30

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

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PLSS Code: 348643
Coordinator: Roísin Scanlon

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.