Beauty Therapy Multi Skills NC @ SCQF Level 5

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This NC in Beauty Therapy Skills award has been designed to reflect the significant changes to industry practice reflected in the National Occupational Standards (NOS)

The award is intended to engage and support aspiring beauty practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills reflective of the skills required by the beauty industry. It will provide learners with an introductory beauty qualification and prepare them for progression within this vocational area. 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.

The NC is Beauty Therapy Skills. This reflects the occupational competencies and contexts of the qualification. The qualification contains units that provide underpinning knowledge and skills reflective of industry practice. Learners will become competent in a range of technical skills, for example, facial skin care treatments; hand and foot care; back, neck and shoulder massage and waxing services. They will learn the importance of working together as part of the salon team to meet the needs of clients, develop employability skills such as time keeping, treatment timing, customer care and personal presentation. There will also be the opportunity to consider good citizenship through recycling products and consumables, waste control measures and having an appreciation of the sustainability of product brands used.

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

Course code



Stranraer 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

Two National 4 qualifications at grade C or above preferably English; OR

NQ/NC qualification at SCQF level 4 in Beauty Care; OR NPA Cosmetology; OR

other equivalent qualifications or experience.

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

Additional Entry Requirements


Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will 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’ll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.

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

Back Neck and Shoulder Massage

Facial Skin Care Treatments

Developing Skills in Eye Treatments


Nail Art

Tip and Overlay Nail Enhancement

Hand and Foot Care

Developing Makeup Skills

The units may be subject to change.


The course utilises a variety of assessment methods, including practical observation, case study compilation, research projects and closed book theory papers. Assessments are ongoing and cover both theory and practical elements of the course.

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


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

Career Prospects

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

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

This course gives opportunities to expand skills and knowledge within related and optional topics within your disciplines. The course will give you structure and flexibility. It is structured to enable you to develop generic transferrable skills and recognises existing skills and competency allowing you to take charge of your own learning and development to allow progression and achievement. Opportunities are available for external industrial training from prestigious brands such as Dermalogica and Eve Taylor. Work experience opportunities are available within local spas and salons.

The department has strong links with industry, and you will be encouraged to take up salon work during your course to gain industry insight and knowledge.

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