hair and beauty

Hairdressing & Beauty Specialist

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing 5M3351
QQI Level 5 Skincare, Eye Treatments & Makeup
QQI Level 5 Manicure, Pedicure & Waxing
ITEC Certification (Optional)

Duration: One Year Full-Time

This Hairdressing & Beauty Specialist Level 5 certificate offers the learner the practical and theoretical skills necessary for employment in the hairdressing sector and a broad introduction to the area of beauty specialist. It is designed to equip the learner to work in both the hair & beauty industry. This certificate provides the opportunity to develop the confidence and skills required to progress to level 6 Advanced Beauty, Makeup and Hairdressing.

“Since graduating I have completed my apprenticeship with Peter Mark. I am currently teaching at SCFE and running my own business as a stylist. My most recent achievement is Winner of the 2016 Image Magazine Business & Beauty Award (Young Talent in Hair Category), with which I am absolutely delighted

I was also awarded Group Winner of the Peter Mark Colour Trophy 2013.”

Linda Thornton


Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Certificate may be able to use their results to progress to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Third level progression opportunities for QQI/FETAC learners are continually being developed and enhanced. Please visit or for the most up to date information.


• Hairdressing Theory & Practice
– Shampooing & Conditioning
– Blow drying & Setting
– Basic cutting & Styling
– Colour Application, Diagnosis & Techniques
– Perming & Neutralising

• Hair Science
• Creative Styling
• Skin care, eye treatments & Make-up
• Manicure, Pedicure & Waxing
• Work Experience
• Communications
• Safety & Health at work

Course Features

Course Features
• Fully equipped hairdressing studios
• Fully equipped beauty treatment rooms
• Art Studio
• Work placement in chosen field
• Team building excursions
• Visits from industry specialists
• Photo shoots in collaboration with Fashion and Photography departments
• Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library

Workshops include:
• Visits to industry specialist
• Spray tanning
• Fashion up-styling
• Specific occasion make-up

Students Work –

Progression Opportunities

Learners may progress to Level 6 certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty specialist here in SCFE.

Employment Opportunities

Continue training in the hairdressing industry to complete a hairdressing apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Leaving certificate or equivalent
LCA or relevant experience
Mature applicants welcome
Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements