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. 



A kit and uniform is required for this course & will be provided by the college.

Students may be given the option to purchase an additional college approved kit for some specialist units.

Dress code

 For practical class, the college approved uniform must be worn, with suitable footwear (details will be supplied).

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.

Entry Requirements

Three National 4 qualifications including English; OR

NPA Cosmetology; OR

Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

You are require to be 16 years of age by August 2022 to undertake this course.


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 a 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. 

Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting or telephone discussion call, but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

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.



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

With further study and/or training there may be a range of self-employment

opportunities and career options within the sector, for example:

 Beauty 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

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 Demalogica 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.