Wella Colour Higher Level Diploma crafted in collaboration with Glasgow Clyde College

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Wella is launching a degree-level colour qualification in what it’s heralding as the first of its kind. 

 The Wella Colour Higher Level Diploma – with a certificate at SCQF level 9 – has been created by the senior Wella education team and Glasgow Clyde College. It will cover practical skills at a degree course level, alongside modules including academic writing, how the economy impacts colour business, psychology, safeguarding clients and leadership in business.   

 In what its calling the first time the industry has offered a degree-level certificate of this kind, Wella sees this as making “a major step forward in recognising the professionalism and technical acumen needed to be a true colour expert”.  


The diploma will take up to 18 months to complete and students will graduate at Glasgow University in a formal ceremony to celebrate. The first intake of students will enrol in the summer, and there are plans for colourists that hold the existing Wella Colour Expert certificate (formerly known as Master Colour Expert) to be able to add to that qualification to gain the new diploma. 

 “For far too long, hairdressers have been regarded as much less significant than they should be in society,” said Julie Wales, curriculum and quality leader, faculty of health and wellbeing at Glasgow Clyde College. “This qualification will ensure that their knowledge and skills are formalised to ensure they can address psychological issues appropriately, and develop leadership skills that further increase the vital contribution to the country’s economy that hairdressers make.” 

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