ACT works with schools across Scotland supplying courses for pupils from first to sixth year. For many young people, an early opportunity to work on skills that relate directly to the world of work and will provide real benefits to their overall educational programme.


ACT specialise in the delivery of hair and beauty courses, we can cater to the needs of all age groups and deliver to suit your school curriculum. The courses can be used as an introduction to hairdressing and/or beauty skills or as a tool to teach personal presentation, communication skills, team work and other generic skills.Our courses are taught by professional Hairdressers and Beauticians who work in industry and have experience working with school pupils. All courses are certificated by SQA and can be delivered as part of a Group Award or as individual units.Pupils wishing to pursue a career in the hair and beauty industry will have the opportunity to progress with ACT and begin training in the workplace to achieve Scottish Vocational Qualifications and Modern Apprenticeships.
Listed below are examples of the different units/courses which ACT can deliver to school pupils:

Skills for Work Hairdressing Level 4

ACT works with schools across Scotland supplying SQA-certified Skills for Work courses for pupils in the third and fourth year of secondary school and above.

The course is at level 4 and consists of four 40-hour mandatory units, all of which emphasise the employability skills and attitudes that will help prepare candidates for the workplace.

  • Hairdressing: Salon Awareness
  • Hairdressing: Working in the Salon
  • Hairdressing: Employability Skills
  • Hairdressing: Creativity

Skills for Work Hairdressing Level 5

This course is at level 5 and consists of four 40 hour units

  • Hairdressing: Working in the salon
  • Hairdressing: Salon Skills
  • Hairdressing: Creative trends
  • Hairdressing: Introduction to colour

Make Up Skills

This course is at level 5 and consists of three 40 hour units

  • Day Make Up and Basic Corrective Make UP
  • Bridal and Evening Make Up
  • Contemporary Make Up

Individual units

Level 4

  • Beauty – Practical Skills
  • Beauty Skills: An Introduction
  • Career Options and Choices
  • Combined Practical Beauty Skills
  • Contemporary Make-up• Hairdressing – Practical Skills
  • Health and Safety
  • Prepare and Assist in a Workplace Environment
  • Product Awareness
  • Skincare Routine
  • Working with Customers and Colleagues

Level 5

  • Blow Drying Techniques
  • Clipper Cutting Techniques: Gents
  • Current techniques in Long Hair: Basic
  • Face Painting
  • Facial Skin Care
  • Hair, Beauty and make-up: Personal Care and Appearance
  • Ladies Hairdressing: Basic Cutting Categories• Manicuring
  • Nail Art: Freehand• Pedicure• Reception Duties and Skills
  • Salon Skills: The Essentials• Setting and Winding Techniques for Hair
  • Shampooing, Conditioning and Scalp Massage

In addition we have recently received approval from City & Guilds to deliver a variety of hair and beauty courses.If you require additional information or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can arrange to meet and discuss your school’s requirements and tailor delivery of units/courses to suit.