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PLC Post Leaving Cert

The Hairdressing industry is a dynamic working environment, with opportunities for many different careers.

Our Level 5 course leads to internationally recognised qualifications in the art of hairdressing. You will learn the practical skills of hairdressing and styling, and the underpinning theoretical knowledge that will enable you to pursue a career in hairdressing business. You will work in professional facilities and with award-winning staff.

Award Name Diploma at UK Level 3
NFQ Classification
Awarding Body City and Guilds
NFQ Level
Award Name Junior Trade Certificate
NFQ Classification
Awarding Body Department of Education and Skills
NFQ Level
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Diploma at UK Level 3 City and Guilds
Junior Trade Certificate Department of Education and Skills
Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
Apply to:
Course provider


1 Year

Entry Requirements

The basic entry requirement to all Level 5 courses is as follows:

•Over 18 years of age and/or successful completion of the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent international qualification)

•Successful completion of a Level 4 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

The basic entry requirement to all Level 6 courses is as follows:

•Successful completion of a related Level 5 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

Some programmes may require specific subjects, or skills.

If you have completed a Level 5 course and wish to study at Level 6, please remember that you need to complete a new application.

Our teachers will assess if the course is the right option for you at an interview. All reasonable efforts are made to facilitate diversity and to support learners with additional needs. See the section Open Learning and Students with Additional Needs for more information.

Mature applicants who don’t meet the minimum entry requirements, but who have acquired skills or experience, are welcome to apply, and we make sure the course is suitable at an interview.

Students aged between 18 and 23 years who do not have the minimum entry requirement or RPL will be referred to career guidance.

Garda Vetting (Clearance)

Garda Vetting (police / criminal records clearance) is a requirement on courses where students have access to children or vulnerable adults. Students must be vetted for clearance by the Gardaí prior to attending work experience. It is your responsibility to obtain Garda Vetting Clearance / criminal records clearance.

Students who have lived outside the jurisdiction of Ireland /Northern Ireland, and for whom Garda vetting / clearance is unavailable, are required to provide verifiable evidence of criminal records clearance from the relevant police authorities.

We will provide you with information about making an application for clearance, but it is your responsibility to complete any necessary application and to obtain clearance. If you are offered a place on a course, you will be issued with information at registration.

Careers / Further progression

Progress to further study and careers including:

•Salon Hairstylist
•Self-employed Hairstylist
•Fashion Hairstylist
•Product Representative
•Cruise Ship Hairstylist
•Resort Hairstylist
•TV & Film Hairstylist
•Wedding & Event Hairstylist
•Hair and Scalp Specialist

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Further information

These means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education, in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres.

Applications are made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through

You will be invited to an interview – this is to make sure that you’ve made the right choice!

Applications are now open for September 2024

You will have opportunities to develop your skills and build a portfolio of work that will help you to progress to employment.

What Makes This Course Special

Progress to work
Internationally recognised qualifications
High-level skills training
Outstanding facilities
Award-winning hairdressing team
Build your own creative portfolio

Course Content

Hairdressing Theory and Practice
Hairdressing Science
Creative Hair Design Skills
Forme and Style support
Bridal Hair Styling
Cut Womens Hair
Colour Hair
Safety and Health at Work
Work Experience

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing with Evolve 3002-66

This international award at UK Level 3 is a full award equivalent to an Irish Level 5 major award

SEC Hairdressing Junior Trades

PLSS Code: 415695
Coordinator: Gerrard Hynes

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.

Phone: 059 913 4230
Email: Email:

Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
Apply to:
Course provider