SVQ Hairdressing and Barbering SCQF level 4

The Scottish Vocational Qualification Hairdressing and Barbering at SCQF level 4 allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This SVQ includes preparing for hair services and maintaining work areas, blow-drying hair, shampooing and conditioning hair, and contributing to the development of effective working relationships.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with Skillsactive/HABIA the sector skills council to ensure relevance to the sector.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through colleges, employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

The SVQ is offered in the workplace. Since assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Learners can progress to a range of qualifications including SVQ 2 Hairdressing at SCQF level 5 or SVQ 2 Barbering at SCQF level 5.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.


The SCQF level 4 qualification could provide progression to:

  • an SVQ in Hairdressing at SCQF level 5
  • an SVQ in Barbering at SCQF level 5
  • employment in the hairdressing sector, perhaps as a hairdressing assistant or junior stylist


This qualification is non-devolvable.

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

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Qualification Structure

The SVQ Hairdressing at SCQF level 4 consists of four mandatory Units and two optional Units.

For details of the Units within this SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

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