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Pathway to Hairdressing | PWHX

Course Overview

QQI Level 5 Hairdressing 5M3351
Department of Education & Science - Irish Senior Trade
Examinations in Hairdressing (IST) - Year 2

This course will equip you with the foundation skills needed to work in the hairdressing industry.  You will gain knowledge, hands-on skills and experience across different hairdressing disciplines, such as practical hairdressing skills, hairdressing science and hairdressing theory. 

In addition, modules in customer service, communications and work experience modules will ensure that your progression to an apprenticeship will have the desired quality and suitability.  On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Hairdressing.

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Typical Modules

Hairdressing Science
Hairdressing Theory & Practice
Work Experience
Work Practice
Safety and Health at Work
Reception and Frontline Office Skills
Entry Requirements
Employment Opportunities

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent. However, higher educational qualifications and other requirements may be sought by employers.

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • Mature student

Graduates may progress to an apprenticeship in Hairdressing


This provision is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014 – 2020.