Further Education

Further Education 2021-2022

Hairdressing 5M3351 (Junior Trades)

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 salons. 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.


Mature applicants welcome


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

Safety and Health at Work 5N1794

Work Experience 5N1356

Creative Styling 5N3349

Customer Service 5N0972

BarberingTechniques 5N3384

  • Hairdressing QQI 5M3351
  • Junior Trades, Department of Education & Skills
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


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


Cruise Ships

Start Your Own Business

Leisure Centres


Session Stylist



Sales Representative

Health Spas


Film & Theatre


  • Student Services Fee: €175
  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200
  • QQI Certification Fee: €50
  • Textbook: €40
  • Class Kit: €367
  • Uniform: €56
  • Junior Trades Exam Fee: €100

TOTAL: €988 Please note fees may be subject to change


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


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





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