Innovations in Hair Design PDA

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What is special about this course?

Do you want to take you hairdressing creative skill to the next level? The PDA Innovations in Hair Design* will allow you to focuse on the practical, artistic nature of hairdressing, allowing the research and design elements of your personality to grow and keep abreast of current trends, as is expected by the industry.

The online delivery of this PDA will give you the flexibility to study at a time and place that suits you.

This course will allow you to work independently, creating a design portfolio of your new creative looks. You will carry these out on models achieving a full look with dress, make-up and photographs. 

*Subject to approval

Special features

  • Fully online course allowing a flexible approach to study
  • September and January start dates
  • Provides progression opportunity for those with a SCQF level 6 hairdressing qualification
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) for employers/ employees

Entry requirements

  • SCQF level 6 hairdressing qualification or equivalent
  • Alternatively, five years industry experience
  • Applicants must be currently employed in the hairdressing industry to allow the practical work to be carried out and assessed.
  • Access to a computer or mobile device with broadband connection is essential for this online course.
  • Practical assessments can be carried out in Perth College UHI or in the workplace if broadband connection is available.
  • Closed book assessments will be carried out in college under exam conditions.


Year 1 - PDA

The PDA consists of four SQA units:

  • Creative design in haircutting
  • Colour, colour correction and innovative design
  • Training skills
  • Long hair design

How will I study my course?

Part Time (Structured)

The course is delivered fully online.

How long will my course last?

Part time (structured): 1 year

6 hours study per week in Semester 1 (Sept-Jan); 4 hours study per week in Semester 2 (Feb - Jun).

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January



How much will my course cost?

For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This Professional Development Award is designed for people who want to gain a recognised qualification in innovative hair design, as well as develop academic competence in portfolio compilation and research skills within the hairdressing industry. On successful completion you will have the skills to implement training programmes and have developed a sound understanding of creating fashion designs.

This award will enhance your employability as a technical representative with a manufacturing company, magazine and fashion work, management within a salon, training and assessing within education and training establishments or further progression within higher education.

Can I progress into further study?

Following successful completion of the PDA Innovations in Hair Design you may be able to progress to further academic study at HE level, for example, HND Make-up Artistry or Trichology


Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Innovations in Hair Design PDA

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2018 or Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

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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