Beauty Care NC @ SCQF Level 6

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An excellent and exciting introduction to beauty and make-up; this course provides the qualifications you need to gain a junior role within the Beauty Industry, or entry to higher level courses.

You will study basic beauty treatments for face, body and nails, make-up application techniques for the beauty salon and related subjects to National Certificate level.

You will be taught by a highly motivated and versatile team with an excellent range of industrial experience who deliver world-class student focused learning.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Level 5 National Certificate Group Award in Beauty Care.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Full Time
Attendance 2 or 3 days per week. 1 year (36 weeks)
Please note this may be subject to change.
Additional hours for work experience attendance may be required.

Entry Requirements

Four National 5 qualifications at grade C or above, preferably English and a Science subject; OR

NQ/NC qualification at SCQF level 5 in Beauty Care; OR

other equivalent qualifications or experience.

You are required to be 16 years of age by August 2023 to undertake this course.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you may be asked to attend an informal information and interview session.

Learners will be required to attend a face-to-face interview or an interview on Teams’ video to further discuss your application. You will be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content


Massage Techniques

Facial Skin Care

Eye Enhancements



Creative Nail Finishes to Hand and Foot

The units may be subject to change.

The course is a blend of both theory and practical subjects. Committed to helping you achieve your full potential; the teaching team employ a wide range of blended teaching methods to ensure that you are engaged at all levels of study and are supported in every aspect of your educational experience.
Assessments are ongoing and cover both theory and practical elements of the course.

This is a full-time course with additional home study.


The course utilises a variety of assessment methods, including practical observation, case study compilation, research projects and closed book theory papers.


This qualification could lead to employment within the Hairdressing and Beauty sector and as progression to further training within the chosen subject area within the college

Explore your future career options. With additional qualifications this could include Salon Beauty Therapist/ Spa Therapist/ Self-employed Beauty Therapist/Salon Owner/ Beauty Therapist on board a cruise ship/ Beauty Therapist Trainer/Educator or Nail Technician

Career Prospects

This National Award is designed to equip candidates with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to allow entry to employment in a junior role in a Beauty Salon or as an assistant at a cosmetic counter in a store or for progression to further academic and/or professional qualifications.

Successful candidates could find employment in the following areas:

Junior within a Beauty salon

Junior Beauty Care therapist

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

When undertaking this award, you will study skills which are appropriate to Beauty Care and Make-up. You will study skills areas which include Customer Care, selling skills, facial skin care, day and corrective make-up and manicure.

You may then specialise in Beauty Care by undertaking Units in nail art, waxing, massage and special make-ups, reception skills and work experience in a real or simulated workplace.

You may follow Units appropriate to Make-up which include face painting, setting, and styling hair for media, drawing and colouring design skills. There is an opportunity to study related skills in competition technical skills and the production of a portfolio of your work.

You will also have the opportunity to develop transferable skills in this Group Award such as — practical skills, being responsibility for your own learning, technology skills, employability skills, attitudinal skills and planning and evaluative skills.

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