With student recruitment already underway for the 2019-2020 year, current students at Lews Castle College UHI are reflecting on their educational journey so far.

“As a mature student, I never thought it would be possible to change my career path,” says Angela Louch, a student on the National Certificate Level 5 in Hairdressing at the Stornoway campus. “But with help from student services with childcare as I am a single parent, one-to-one lecturer support when needed, and hard work on my behalf I have almost completed my three-year hairdressing course.”

“Our Hair and Beauty industry is constantly evolving and changing,” explains Elspeth Robertson, the course leader for the Hair and Beauty department at the college. “We work with external industry bodies and local employers to develop our courses to meet the needs and demands of these changes.”

Hair and Beauty courses are available at Lews Castle College UHI at multiple levels, from SQA qualifications to National 4 and 5 certificates, and many of the courses are available to study on a part-time basis, too.

“On entering Level 5 courses all our students train in partnership with the local salons and barbers to develop the required practical and employability skills looked for by employers. There is a strong emphasis on self-employment and business as well as working in our own Open Salon, where students will build their own clientele.”

For Angela, the hands-on aspect of the course was especially rewarding. “The department has a salon where you learn ‘hands-on’ and are given responsibility to source your own clients. The theory side of the course is in-depth and there are folios to complete but if you have any worries speak to your lecturer who will support you.”

“During the course you also go on work placement to gain hands-on experience of how the salon runs, this has been extremely beneficial to me and I have gained confidence in myself. I would encourage anyone with an interest in the hair and beauty industry to apply for the course.” 

For more information on the various Hair and Beauty courses available at Lews Castle College UHI, and how to apply for the upcoming year, visit the website here