QQI Level 5 Code: 5M3351


This full time intensive course in Hairdressing is designed to provide students with the professional techniques and related knowledge required for employment in the specialized Hairdressing industry. Students will gain recognized professional qualifications. The course provides a learning environment for both theory and practical skills in a modern fully equipped college hairdressing salon.

Course Modules

  • Hairdressing Theory and Practice
  • Hairdressing Science
  • Creative Styling
  • Health and Safety in the Work Place
  • Work Experience
  • Beauty Industry Ethics and Practice
  • Personal Effectiveness


Students must obtain work experience in the vocational related area. Garda Clearance is required for work experience.


All students must be of Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied standard with distinction and interview. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above certifications. Entry is subject to successful completion of interview.


  • QQI 5M3351 Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing
  • Department of Education and Skills: Junior Trade Certificate in Hairdressing


Having successfully completed the certificate in Hairdressing course, Students may progress to the Advanced Certificate in Hairdressing course, also provided in Portlaoise Institute of Further Education. Students may enter employment in the Hairdressing industry.


Eligible students may apply for a Further Higher Education Grant or Back to Education Allowance.


Students may apply on-line from the 23rd January 2017. Facilities will be available in Portlaoise College Institute of Further Education for students to apply on-line on Thursday 9 March 2017 between 5pm and 7.00pm (Open Evening)


Please click on the following link for hair dressing fee: Hairdressing Fees Please click here for more information: Fees Info

For further details, please contact

Ms Julia Mullally
Course Co-ordinator
Portlaoise College
Mountrath Road, Portlaoise,, Co.Laois
Tel: (057) 8621480 / 8621456
Email: jmullally@portlaoisecollege.ie

Each Further Education Course is subject to availability. Laois & Offaly ETB reserve the right to cancel or discontinue courses.