Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Hairdressing and Barbering - Year 1 5M3351

Hairdressing is an intensive, hands-on, course leading to recognised qualifications in hairdressing and related skills. Students interested in progressing to a second year where they gain higher qualifications in Senior Trades and a City & Guilds Diploma in Ladies Hair Dressing are selected on a competitive basis. Training is provided in the fully equipped college hairdressing salon. Work experience offers students the opportunity to further develop their skills in selected and approved hairdressing salons.

This course is designed to

Provide students who wish to have a career in hairdressing with the range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed in this rewarding area of the beauty industry.

entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

Pre-entry guidance meeting

Mature applicants welcome

Course Structure
  • Year 1 offers certification in QQI Level 5 and Junior Trades Examination (Department of Education & Skills)

  • Year 2 offers certification in Senior Trades Examination (Department of Education & Skills) & (Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing - City & Guilds)

  • Hairdressing Theory and Practice 5N3345
  • Hairdressing Science 5N3346
  • Barbering Techniques 5N3348
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Creative Styling 5N3349
  • Customer Service 5N0972

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.

Progression to Higher Education
  • Students who successfully complete this Level 5 Award may be considered for entry into the Hairdressing - Senior Trades course. Year 2 offers certification in Senior Trades Examination (Department of Education & Skills) & (Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing - City & Guilds)

  • Students who successfully complete this course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

  • The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

  • Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup


Student Contribution: €175

Student Kit: €250

Total: €425

Career Opportunities

Students who qualify in this area may pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Hairdressing

  • Cruise Ships

  • Start Your Own Business

  • Leisure Centres

  • Trichology

  • Session Stylist

  • Barber

  • Receptionist

  • Sales Representative

  • Health Spas

  • Hotels

  • Film & Theatre

  • Salons


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

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Please Note

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Student Testimonial: Natasha Richardson

The time I spent in Galway Technical Institute gave me the key skills for the Hairdressing Industry. The teachers are truly amazing and I truly believe they gave me the confidence and knowledge to strive forward in my chosen area and become the Hairdresser I am today. I am now self-employed. Even though I still provide Freelance Hairdressing Services to clients, I now work mainly on Photo-shoots. This involves styling the hair for publications, promotion and TV. During my time at the Galway Technical Institute I was able to take part in numerous extra circular activities such as Open Days, Fashion Shows and Hair Dressing competitions. www.facebook.com/shockalocks.sessionstyling