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Hair & Scalp Science for Trichology

EduQual Accredited Customised Programme Level 4*

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Designed for both existing hair care practitioners and those keen to enter the exciting world of trichology, this ground-breaking programme is the ideal foundation in trichology and hair and scalp science.

What will you learn?

You will learn about the business of hair care and hair loss, the socio-psychological impact of hair loss, the essential biological and physical properties of hair and the scalp; the importance of nutrition for healthy hair and scalp and the fundamentals of cosmetic science in the context of trichological practice.

Who should take this course?

  • Those looking for a solid foundation in hair and scalp science and wanting to understand the important role that trichologists undertake in assessing hair and scalp conditions.

  • Those planning to progress to higher-level studies in trichology will benefit significantly from the Level 4's broad but deep syllabus.

  • Those currently working in hairdressing or barbering, wig making, hair restoration technicians, those offering scalp micro-pigmentation, beauty therapists or aesthetic practitioners, nursing and allied healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in biological and cosmetic sciences.

CTSP | Hair and Scalp Science for Trichology

Next Admission:

Autumn 2023



(Not subject to VAT)


~ 6 Months


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Access from anywhere in the world!

Application Deadlines:

1st September 2023



Certificate in Hair & Scalp Science for Trichology
EduQual Accredited Customised Programme (Level 4*)


The Certificate in Hair and Scalp Science for Trichology, available only from CTSP is the ideal foundation programme in hair and scalp science. The programme has been designed by hair and scalp specialists to teach the fundamentals and key aspects of hair and scalp science that underpin trichological practice. Taught over 6 months via distance learning, and supported with guest lectures and tutor support, this EduQual accredited programme provides learners with knowledge and understanding that can be applied in hairdressing and barbering salons, in wig makers or hair extension salons, hair restoration clinics and aesthetic practices. For those eager to continue their educational journey into trichological practice, this programme serves as the perfect entry point for further studies to develop fulfilling and rewarding career in Clinical Trichology.


The Level 4 programme is designated as a 'Certificate' with a total course time of 210 hours. This means you must be able to devote approximately 10-15 hours of study time per week to complete the programme over a 6 month period (approximately). The contact time is split between a mix of guided learning events and self-directed learning. A series of online tutor groups, guest speakers and revision sessions are offered to support and advance your learning, with access to our experienced academic and pastoral tutor.

What will I study?

By the end of the programme, learners will have evidenced a sound understanding and knowledge of:

  • The multidisciplinary practice of trichology in the UK and worldwide, together with the personal and professional development opportunities it presents.

  • Anatomy and physiology in particular, of the hair, skin and scalp.

  • The importance of nutritional health and its role in maintaining healthy hair, skin and scalp.

  • The recognition of disorders and diseases encountered in trichology, together with an awareness of the socio-psychological impact hair loss and hair diseases can have upon a person.

  • The role of cosmetic science in hair and scalp products including the physical and chemical effects of hair processing on the hair and scalp.

View all modules and indicative content here.

How will I study?

The learning and assessment materials are delivered online supported with regular virtual tutor group meetings and expert guest lectures to enhance and support your learning opportunities. CTSP strives to make it programmes 'learner-centred' - putting your learning needs at the heart of teaching and assessing. We recognise that there is no 'one size fits all' in education and our dedicated and experienced academic tutors are there to guide and support you through your studies - whatever your academic background or abilities. 

CTSP has created an array of engaging learning and assessment materials and activities, delivered via its bespoke, university standard, online learning platform. This intuitive and user-friendly, 'digital-first' learning environment will keep you engaged and immersed with interactive materials containing linked resources, videos, formative quizzes, revision activities, forums and discussion groups.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed individually, using a combination of written assignments, on-line multiple-choice exams, trichology case studies, written scenarios and worksheets. For each assessment you will be given clear and detailed information on timescales for completion and what you need to do to meet the assessment criteria, together with tutor support and assignment planning sessions.

Can I spread the payments?

Yes, we offer all students the ability to pay for their course in three instalments.

Entry Requirements:

  • Evidence that you have completed studies to at least RQF level 3† (equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels).

  • GCSE Science and English grade C or higher (or equivalent).

*Non-native English-speaking students must provide proof of a high level of written and spoken English such as one of the following:

IELTS - grade 6.5 or higher

TOEFL - A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with no less than 21 in writing and at least 19 in every other section.


We review programmes applications on an individual basis, so if you are unsure whether your prior qualifications or experience meet our criteria, just contact us and we'll be happy to discuss your options. We keep our cohorts small and learner-centred to ensure we give our learners every opportunity to engage and interact with our tutors and each other - creating an inclusive and shared learning experience.

Minimum IT Requirements:

It's important to have an up-to-date computer and software with a fast reliable internet connection to get the best from our rich virtual learning platform. We provide details of the most suitable browsers and software during programme induction plus we have a fantastic 'How to Be a Successful Online Learner' course you can complete before you start the Level 4 Certificate to become a confident and effective online learner as soon as you begin.

Progression and Career Opportunities:

The deep and relevant knowledge and understanding that you will gain by completing our Certificate in Hair and Scalp Science can be readily applied to the understanding of hair and hair loss conditions in a number of professional settings. Successful learners will be invited to apply for our higher-level education and training programmes and short courses including, but not limited to, Hair Science and Clinical Trichology programmes at Level 5 and 6.

*EduQual customised programmes of study are developed to meet the specific needs of our learners in trichology related sectors. The programme is recognised and accredited by EduQual as being academically robust and fit-for-purpose. EduQual is an internationally Awarding Body, regulated by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA). The customised programmes have been mapped and aligned with national regulated qualification frameworks (RQF and SQF) allowing learners to demonstrate a given academic level and depth of study. On completion of the customised programme of study, learners will receive a certificate of achievement. The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by EduQual.

**Applications must be completed and received by 11th March 2022 to qualify for the "early bird" discount.

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