Hair and Beauty Sector Summary
The Hair and Beauty sector is a vital employer in the nation’s economy. SQA has a wide range qualifications including hairdressing and barbering; complementary therapies; cosmetology; make-up artistry and many more.
About the industry
Habia is the Sector Skills Council for the hair and beauty industry. Habia has the latest information and guidance on training and qualifications for the hair and beauty industry.
Industry recognised qualifications
Getting into the industry
Steps to Work
The Steps to Work Award fills an identified gap in the education of vulnerable, disengaged and hard to reach young people. This qualification is available in schools and colleges. Two SQA units are delivered including Working in the Salon and Personal Development: Self Awareness at SCQF Levels 3 and 4.
Candidates are encouraged to engage in learning by focusing on an area that interests them.
Skills for Work: Hairdressing National 4
National 4 Skills for Work: Hairdressing is an introductory qualification. It develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes, needed for work in the industry.
The Course content provides a broad, experiential introduction to hairdressing, with experience of general salon duties to support stylists and assisting with customer care. Candidates will learn about the different roles and responsibilities in hairdressing, and begin to develop vocational skills and knowledge. They will develop their skills in shampooing, conditioning and blow-drying hair, and explore the creative side of hairdressing, with the opportunity to experiment with style ideas. The Course content places emphasis throughout all Units on the employability skills and attitudes.