City & Guilds Introduction to Hair and Beauty - SCQF Level 4 (SCHOOLS)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2022/23 can apply for this course***

Designed to build on the candidates’ interest and passion for the Hair and Beauty Industry, an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector provides candidates with an ideal, practical introduction to prepare them for further learning or training.

Units covered include:

  • Introduction to the hair & beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image in the salon
  • Shampoo & condition the hair & scalp
  • Styling woman’s hair 
  • Plaiting & twisting

There will also be the opportunity of selecting and achieving additional units such as:

  • Skin care
  • Hand care
  • Creating a hair & beauty image


Falkirk: Tuesday and Thursday (afternoons)

Candidates may achieve individual units within the programme (If candidates do not achieve the full award, which requires 15 credits, and have achieved 9 credits in total they can still qualify for the Certificate level).

The practical elements of the course are salon based and candidates will be assessed through demonstrating techniques on their peers. There is an equal amount of time spent in the classroom where candidates will learn underpinning knowledge to support the practical units as well as working towards non-practical based units, for example Health and Safety.

Units are also assessed by assignments where candidates will have to research topics using IT and textbooks. Candidates should be able to complete coursework in college however there may be times when they will have to do additional work at home. All candidates must be able to work in a team and must wear appropriate PPE whilst in salons. They must also follow salon rules in relation to appropriate dress code for both hair and beauty salons and follow the college’s code of conduct.

After further training candidates could progress to a career as a:

  • Hairdresser
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Nail Technician
  • Make-up Artist

Or working in:

  • Salons
  • Spas
  • On board cruise-liners
  • On cosmetic counters
  • Television or theatre 
  • Becoming self- employed

  • C&G Level 2 hairdressing
  • N5 Beauty Care and Make-up
  • N6 Beauty Care
  • N6 Make up Artistry

  • There are no mandatory Academic Entry Requirements for this course.

Further advice for School College Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship applications:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited to an information session
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Falkirk Campus

Start date

23 August 2022

End date

20 April 2023

SCQF Level

Level 4