This Hairdressing (Year 1) course provides a comprehensive introduction to the core skills that are required to work in the hairdressing industry.

Hairdressing Year 1


Course Fees


This is year one of a two-year course. The course is aimed at those who have a flair for hairdressing and wish to pursue a career in the hairdressing industry. The course comprises 75% practical subjects. Classes are delivered in the onsite hairdressing salons. The remainder of the course covers essential theory such as hairdressing science, development of people skills, legislation and IT. These subjects support the practical skills required to work in the industry.

About This Course

Course Content

Hairdressing Theory and Practice

Colour and Lighten Hair

Cutting – Women’s and Men’s Hair

Shampooing and Conditioning

Hairdressing Science

Safety and Health at Work

Customer Service

Retail Selling

Barbering Techniques

Work Experience

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute:

Upon successful completion of the Hairdressing (Year 1) course, students can progress to Hairdressing (Year 2) to complete the C&G Level 2 Diploma in Women’s and Men’s Hairdressing, specialised modules at QQI Level 6 and the Department of Education Senior Trade Certificate.


Should you wish to pursue an alternative career path after completing year 1, you can use your qualification to gain entry to higher education. Students who have gained a full QQI level 5 award in any discipline are eligible to apply to through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

Career Opportunities

Most students work part-time throughout the course in a junior capacity in a salon and often obtain work creating hairstyles for special occasions, such as weddings, communions, etc. You will not be a qualified hairdresser until you have completed the second year of the course, Hairdressing (Year 2).


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Women’s and Men’s Hairdressing

Department of Education Junior Trade Certificate

Edel Hennessy

Kevin Patterson Hayes

Aoife O'Flynn