QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hairdressing – 5M3351.

Start your hairdressing career at Mallow College.

Experience real salon life working in our two fully-equipped College salons, closely mentored by our team of fully qualified hairdressers who bring years of professional experience to your training.

In your two year course with Mallow College you are trained to QQI level 5, and with Senior Trades Certificates.

Add to your portfolio of skills with workshops in barbering, up-styling, and colouring.

Complete your apprenticeship with a further two years on the job training to become a professional hairdresser in a vibrant and exciting industry.

2020/21 Applications are now open, and free and easy.. CAO points not required. Grant and Social Welfare funding available. To apply online now for September you will just need to provide two essential pieces of information: your email address and your PPS number. Look for this course under Hair, Beauty & Complementary.

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Career Prospects

  • Colourist in a salon. +
  • Freelance. +
  • Stylist. +
  • Trainer. +

Course Contents

  • Hairdressing Theory & Practice (5N3345) Level 5 QQI.
    • The theory and practice of hairdressing and enable the learner to progress to an apprentice position in the hairdressing industry.
  • Hairdressing Science (5N3346) Level 5 QQI.
    • The science of hairdressing techniques while developing best practice safety and hygienic skills and standards for salons.
  • Teamworking (5N1367) Level 5 QQI.
    • Teamwork is a fundamental skill in the workplace today. This component explores the role and responsibilities of team members, the impact of effective and ineffective team members and the opportunities and challenges of working within a team. The stages of team development and the impact of team leadership are explored. Students participate in a team based project to practice skills such as negotiation, decision making, conflict resolution and communication skills in a team environment. Students reflect on their own performance to create an awareness of their personal strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Customer Service (5N0972) Level 5 QQI.
    • Create, implement and organise databases with confidence using a database application.
  • Communications (5N0690) Level 5 QQI.
    • Communicate verbally and non-verbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related tasks, operating independently while under general direction.
  • Work Experience (5N1356) Level 5 QQI.
    • Participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction. Prepare yourself for industry, prepare your CV (and online LinkedIn profile), practice interview skills, and gain invaluable experience on your own work placement.
  • Workshops: Blowdrying, Upstyling, Barbering and Colouring.

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


Two years. Full-time. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. See calendar for term holidays.


30 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 interview. 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

Work experience is an integral part of this course. Each student is responsible for securing their own work placement. Dates and duration will be specified by the College.


Use your full QQI award to progress to Institutes of Technology across Ireland. For detailed information on how to use your Mallow College qualification to progress go to

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


  • Full Fees (EU/EEA Citizens): €860
  • Medical Card Holders: €610
  • Student Grant Recipients (SUSI): €660
    • €100 Deposit + €50 QQI Fees + €150 Registration + €360 other costs per year.
    • Additional means-tested student grants are available from
  • Back to Education Allowance (BTEA): €660
  • Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS): €360
    • €100 Deposit (refundable) per year.
    • €360 other costs.
    • Retain Social Welfare benefits. Additional weekly allowances for meals, travel and childcare are also available.

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