Beauty Care NC @ SCQF Level 6


The beauty industry offers exciting career opportunities, and this course will provide you with the practical skills and detailed theoretical knowledge required for a wide variety of roles, and/or possible entry to higher level courses.

You will study a selection of the most popular beauty treatments, plus all the essential related subjects, required to achieve this qualification. Amongst other subjects you will study make-up, body massage, facials and a variety of popular nail treatments such as gel nail extensions. Work experience is also included, giving you a real insight into a variety of activities involved in the beauty industry.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Level 6 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 in the evening 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 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

Units on the course include:-

Body Structures and Benefits of Treatments

Nail Finishes

Acrylic Nails

Nail Art: Freehand

Current Creative Make-up Trends

Gel Nails

Facial Techniques

Facial Treatment Packages

Facial Therapy Treatments

Body Massage


Eye Enhancements.

Face and Body Electrotherapy

(This may be subject to change)


A variety of learning and teaching methods are used to deliver practical and theory-based subjects, in fully equipped treatment rooms, and IT enabled classrooms.

You will carry out practical work on a diverse range of clients, and will also be required to model for treatments yourself.

Assessment methods

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


Successful students can apply to progress to HNC Beauty Therapy, HNC Complementary Therapies and/or HNC Fashion Make Up.

Career Prospects

This course prepares you for a variety of career opportunities in the beauty industry. This may involve employment in beauty salons or spas, and could involve the specialisms of nail and eye treatments or make up. There are also opportunities in retailing, and for self-employment.

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.