Beauty Care and Make Up (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5


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





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. 

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

Entry Requirements

Two National 4 qualifications preferably to include 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.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

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

Facial Skin Care 

Eye Enhancements 



Creative Nail Finishes to Hand and Foot 

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 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

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.