Pre-Apprenticeship Hairdressing (Hairdressing)


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing – 5M3351

This Level 5 Major Award enables the learner to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to progress to complete the Hairdressing Apprenticeship, with Mallow Campus.

This course comes at a very exciting time in Hairdressing with the new National Hairdressing Apprenticeship now a reality. The aim of the course is to prepare students for an opportunity as an apprentice in the Hairdressing Industry. Students will be given practical training  and confidence in many disciplines, for example, blow drying, colour application, basic cutting, setting, etc, which they will be required to combine with practical experience of salon work placement to help them secure an Apprenticeship. Emphasis is placed on all key areas of Hairdressing that will enhance students’ techniques, creative and interpersonal skills. All practical training takes place in our fully equipped modern Hair Salon.

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing – 5M3351
Format Full-time. September 2024 to May 2025.
Location Onsite at Mallow Campus
Timetable Hours between Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 15:30.
Requirements No CAO required (Leaving Cert./LCA/equivalent for under 23s). Application review discussion.
Starting Classes start the week of Monday the 16th of September 2024.
Contact or call 022-43309
Applications Applications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.

Career Prospects

  • Hair Apprentice student

  • Hairdresser

Course Contents

QQI Component Title

Award Code

Hairdressing Theory and Practice


Hairdressing Science


Safety and Health at Work


Work Experience




Customer Service


Creative Styling



Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.


Four days a week, from 9:00 to 15:30. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. 


50 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ to another European country for 2 weeks. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an application review discussion. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


Work Experience

The dates and duration will be specified by the College in September.


A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.