Hairdressing HNC

UCAS code N872
Information line 0845 272 3600*

What is special about this course?

This Higher National Award is designed to give you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in hairdressing which will enhance your employability in specialist technical areas.

Special features

  • This part-time course allows you to fit your study around your work and personal circumstances.
  • You will gain skills in specialist technical areas
  • Business planning skills are also included in the course


Entry requirements

  • SVQ3 Hairdressing, plus three years working in the industry or
  • Minimum five years current industry experience
  • Applicants must understand the professional demands of the industry and the importance of health and safety, presentation and having a business perspective.


Year 1 - HNC

Mandatroy units are:

  • Hairdressing: Creative Designs in Haircutting
  • Hairdressing: Colouring, Colour Correction and Innovative Design
  • Employment Experience 1
  • Communication: Practical skills
  • Hairdressing Graded unit 1 
  • Principles and Practices of Selling
  • Digital Imaging

option units may include:

  • Training Skills
  • Hairdressing: History of
  • Hairdressing: Long Hair Design
  • Hairdressing: Specialised Treatments: Hair and Scalp Conditions
  • Preparing and Presenting a Business Plan 

How will I study my course?

Part Time (Structured)

You will learn through face-to-face lectures and practical session.

How long will my course last?

2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2016-172017-18
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2016-172017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434 £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2016-172017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434 £434

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Employment in a supervisory/management capacity in a salon, or training and assessing in education establishments.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Hairdressing HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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