SVQ level 3 Hairdressing at SCQF level 6

SVQ level 3 Hairdressing at SCQF level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ 3) in Hairdressing at SCQF level 6 allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise as a stylist.

This SVQ covers creatively styling and dressing hair, creatively cutting hair using a combination of techniques, creatively colouring and lightening hair, and providing client consultation services.

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 HNC Hairdressing.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment as a stylist 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 6 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC in Hairdressing or a related area


This qualification is non-devolvable.

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

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs.   For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools


Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ 3 Hairdressing at SCQF level 6 consists of four mandatory Units and three optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification 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.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material


Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

SVQ 3 Hairdressing at SCQF level 6

Group Award Code: G9F1 23

This qualification is now in its lapsing period and will finish on (31/7/2019).

Centres should note:

  • The qualification will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • The qualification’s content and delivery tools will remain on SQA’s website until 31/7/2019 at which point they will be removed and archived
  • No new centres may be approved to offer the qualification
  • No new candidates can be entered for the qualification
  • Centres should ensure candidates complete the qualification and results are submitted to SQA before (31/7/2019)

Hairdressing Structure (G9F1 23) (70 KB)

National Occupational Standards

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

Modern Apprenticeship

This Award is also part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Hairdressing and Barbouring at L3.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessment Strategy for Hairdressing NVQs and SVQs 2007-2008

Assessor's guidelines

Level: 3
Publication: DB1951/3
Edition: 29 (June 2015)
Downloads: Hairdressing and Barbering at level 3 (262 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Candidate Portfolios are for teachers/lecturers' use only, and are available on SQA's secure website.

  • Z0250 - Hairdressing Level 2
  • Z0251 - Hairdressing Level 3

Useful links

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