Successful completion of Hairdressing, Year 1, will result in a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing, 5M3351, and a Junior Trades Certificate, certified by the Department of Education & Skills.

Successful Students may progress to Hairdressing, Year 2, which will result in a Department of Education & Skills Certificate in Senior Trades Hairdressing.

Course Outline:

  • Barbering, 5N3348
  • Hairdressing Theory & Practice, 5N3345
  • Hairdressing Science, 5N3346
  • Customer Service, 5N0972
  • Safety & Health at Work, 5N1794
  • Communications, 5N0690
  • Work Experience, 5N1356

Extra-Curricular Activities

Events and courses we facilitate:

  • In-Salon demos in 12 week blowdrys and upstyling
  • Hairdressing Competitions
  • Matrix A-Z Colour course delivered by Matrix Top Educator Peter Stephenson
  • Matrix Retail Selling Course delivered by Peter Stephenson.
  • How to photograph the perfect Hairstyle for social media.
  • Charity Events

Course Duration:

This is a one year, full time course running from September to May. Training is provided in our fully equipped hair salon.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent
  • Exemptions granted to mature applicants
  • Entry is subject to interview

Student Testimonial


I am thoroughly enjoying studying Hairdressing Level 5. Each day brings an exciting challenge, which offers a new experience. The practical side is very interesting and the facilities offered at the college are excellent. The extra modules are very beneficial, especially the Work Experience, as it allows you to see and do what you are studying in a real salon setting. The staff are professional, very friendly and always on hand to help. I would highly recommend this course to anybody interested in a career in Hairdressing.


There are no fees to study this course.

Detailed Course Outline:

This new module allows the participant to gain vital experience in barbering techniques. You will be trained and assessed in the following topics:


  • Health and Safety
  • Cutting men’s hair to a variety of looks
  • Cutting men’s facial hair to a variety of looks.
  • Working with african hair; relaxing techniques
  • Selling Products in the salon
  • Colouring and treatments of hair
  • Hair styling for men
  • General health and well being

Assessment Criteria: Examination Theory 30%, Practical 70%

Hairdressing Theory & Practice

  • Salon Professionalism (Hygiene, Health and Safety, Hygiene, Communication Skills)
  • Shampooing, conditioning and analysing hair and scalp
  • Blow-drying skills, styling skills
  • Cutting skills
  • Chemical treatments (colour and permanent waving)

Assessment Criteria: Examination Theory 20%, Practical 80%

Hairdressing Science

In this module, students will learn about the following:

  • Basic science (atoms, molecules, compounds)
  • Hair and skin
  • Body systems
  • Chemical processes
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Health and hygiene

Assessment Criteria: Skills Demonstration 40%, Examination 60%

Customer Service

This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work as a front line representative in any organisation. This is particularly relevant to working in a salon.

Safety & Health at Work

This module is designed to provide the learner with the skills and knowledge to promote and maintain safety and health in the working environment. Emphasis will be placed on safety within a Hairdressing Salon. Students taking this module will do the following:

  • Explain the principles and capabilities of a range of technologies currently utilised in the retail sector to include cash registers, bar code scanners, electronic payment units, security devices, and stock control systems.
  • Interpret key terminology and trends in retail selling.
  • Analyse the impact of a range of factors on a retail environment to include customer loyalty, merchandising, retail ethics, training and communications skills.
  • Analyse current legislation and identify key legal responsibilities in relation to employers, employees, customers and product manufacturers.
  • Analyse the key characteristics of a range of retail environments to include self service, online selling and personal service.
  • Employ a range of techniques to identify appropriate opportunities to open or close a sale, to deal with complaints or to present alternative products.
  • Employ a range of communication skills in a retail environment to include use of active listening, product demonstration, and customer support techniques.
  • Employ standard procedures to utilise a range of devices currently used in the retail sector to include cash registers, bar code scanners, electronic payment units, security devices, and stock control systems.

Assessment Criteria: Assignment – 40%, Skills Demonstration – 60%

Communications 5N0690

Students studying Communications Level 5 will be able to do with the following:

  • Analysis of a range of current issues in communications and information technology.
  • Summarise in practical terms the elements of legislation that must be observed in a personal and/or work context, to include health, safety and welfare at work and communications-related legislation.
  • Use appropriate non-verbal and visual communication in personal- and work-related settings, to include one-to-one, in a group/team, and in formal and informal interaction.
  • Demonstrate verbal skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making a case and presenting a point of view in group discussion, formal meetings, interviews.
  • Demonstrate listening skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making eye contact, receiving and interpreting information, control of personal response.
  • Research a relevant vocational topic, to include use of primary and secondary sources, acknowledgement of sources, use of enquiry techniques and methods to establish validity and reliability

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 50%, Skills Demonstration – 50%

Work Experience 5N1356

Students studying Work Experience Level 5 will do the following:

  • Examine work organisations and personal career opportunities in a particular vocational area, to include consideration of work-related issues and needs.
  • Summarise the basic rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in a particular work, organisational or institutional context, to include health, safety and welfare at work, equality legislation, union representation and regulations relating to pay.
  • Present relevant work experience material, to include a Curriculum Vitae or personal statement, letter of application, evidence of job-finding skills, skills checklist, statement of learning goals, contractual arrangements.
  • Participate effectively in a work experience placement for a minimum of 60 hours to gain experience/insight into their chosen vocational area.

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 60%, Skills Demonstration – 40%

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