Hairdressing & Barbering

Two Years


Year 1 QQI Level 5 Hairdressing 5M3351 / Junior Trades

Year 2 City and Guilds Hair and Beauty 3004. Senior Trades. Level 6 Indian Head Massage


Do you want to start a career in the world of Hairdressing and Beauty?

Look no further than here in St. John’s Central College as we offer you the best training with essential knowledge and techniques necessary for the Hair and Beauty Industry.

First Year: State Examinations Commission Junior Trades, QQI Hairdressing Level 5 Award.

Second Year: State Examinations Commission Senior Trades, City and Guilds International Hair and Beauty Diplomas, World Federation of Hair and Beauty Schools Certification.

Candidates must have completed first year successfully in order to progress into second year.

Students will have their own hairdressing kit recommended by the college.

Further certification will be offered from industry. Students participate in National and International competitions. There are student exchanges with Sweden, Germany & France through European projects.


Code Title
5N5307 Cosmetics
5N3346 Hairdressing Science
5N3345 Hairdressing Theory and Practice
5N1358 Word Processing
5N1794 Safety and Health
5N1407 Reception & Front Office Skills
5N3348 Barbering
6N3477 Indian Head Massage
5N0690 Communications
5N1356 Work Experience

Entry Requirements

Year 1: Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP or LCA) or equivalent

For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Year 2: QQI Level 5 Award in Hairdressing.


Two years full time

Apply Online


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒

Hairdressing Year 1

Materials €100
QQI Fee €50
Non QQI €90
Student Services €250
Gov PLC Fee  €200
TOTAL €690

Hairdressing Year 2

Materials €100
QQI Fee €40
Non QQI €220
Student Services €250
Other €50
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €860

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255540


Two fully equipped and commercially run salons.
A fully equipped Beauty Therapy room


Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location in Year 1. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


Career Opportunities

Hair Stylist, Frontline Receptionist, Barbering, Mobile Hairdressing, Stage or Film Work,   Specialised Beautician, Cruise Ships, Air Hostess, Hairdressing Retail Shop.


Education Progression Opportunities

We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions. 



“Going off to college is daunting for anyone, but doing so as a mature student has its own challenges….

I can honestly say that my experience…was nothing but positive and rewarding. Not only has the College an on site creche facility, which is really good… students are very well looked after and the college will take all learning challenges into consideration and assist where…the Library, where I hung out quite a bit, is not just a Library – it is a haven of information; a place to sit quietly and make full use of its computer systems…there were excellent well equipped facilities and also great opportunities to shine such as the inter-college Hairdressing competitions and even a chance to head off abroad to experience International competitions! I would highly recommend both my course and St. John’s Central College to any budding Hair and Beauty enthusiast.”

Karen Keppel

Hairdressing Graduate


Schwarzkopf Professional



St. John’s Central College has membership of the following organizations:

The Irish Hairdressers Federation (IHF)

The International Association of Hairdressing Schools (IAHS)


Hairdressing Upstyles

Hairdressing Paul Mac Interview

Hairdressing Competition 2012

Hairdressing Competition 2013

Hairdressing IAHS 2016

Hairstyling for Men Paul Mac

Hairdressing Competition 2011

Hairdressing Competition 2014