QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Hairdressing (5M3351)

    City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing (3002-61)

    Department of Education and Skills Junior Trade qualification.

  • DURATION: 1 Year


Bray Institute provides everything you need to start your hair hairdressing career. Fom our fully equipped training salon, our hands-on approach to training and streamlined, interactive theory. This course is suited to complete beginners and people currently working in the hair industry at apprentice level.

This 1 Year course is designed for students who are serious about a hairdressing and barbering career. Students will study the practical skills of hairdressing and barbering, and the underpinning theoretical knowledge that will enable them to pursue a career in the hairdressing and barbering Industry as a Junior stylist. Training is provided in the Institute’s fully equipped hairdressing salon.

Students who successfully complete year one may progress to year 2 Senior Stylist course where they will complete the next level of City & Guilds qualifications and the Department of Education and Skills Senior Trade qualification.

Programme of Study
  • Working in the hair industry 
  • Salon reception duties 
  • Hairdressing science 
  • Follow health and safety practice in the salon 
  • Client consultation for hair services 
  • Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp 
  • Promote products and services to clients in a salon 
  • Cut women’s hair 
  • Colour and lighten hair  
  • Perm and Neutralise Hair 
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
  • Hair and Head Diseases (Skin and Scalp conditions) 
  • Work Experience

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 award with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Career Opportunities
  • Hair Stylist
  • Cruise Ships
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Trichology
  • Session Stylist
  • Barber
  • Salon Receptionist
  • Sales Representative
  • Health Spas
  • TV/Film & Theatre
Progression Route*

Examples of potential courses include: 


  • Year 2 Hairdressing - Senior Stylist Based on successful completion of Junior stylist course and Interview. 
  • City and Guilds NVQ Level 3 In women’s Hairdressing 
  • Senior Trade Hairdressing
Course Co-Ordinator

Louise O'Brien

Where are they now?

andral tabara "In 2021 I started the Hairdressing Junior Stylist level 2 course and now I’m in my second year as a Senior Stylist level 3-. BIFE for me meant - overcoming fear, pushing myself. I challenged myself even further and signed up for the ERASMUS programme that literally changed my life. It was one of the most amazing experiences that I can not recommend enough, it helps build your confidence, make new memories, tie new friendships and not the least get to experience living and working in a foreign country. In BIFE i get all the amazing support from the tutors who guide and encouraged me constantly and most importantly believed in me even when I didn’t." - Andrala Tabara

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