Beauty Therapy HNC @ SCQF Level 7

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This course offers a high-level beauty qualification which will provide you with knowledge of current beauty treatments and techniques. You will gain experience in using a wide range of products and will gain the advanced skills to develop knowledge, skills and sound understanding along with practical expertise in all aspects of the beauty therapy industry, thereby enabling candidates to work confidently and competently within this industry to secure employment in a variety of settings within the beauty industry such as salons, spas and cruise liners.

This year focuses on more advanced treatments, techniques and product ranges as well as business planning, retailing, and gaining employment. Do you have a keen interest in therapy treatments, combined with health and wellbeing, and enjoy working with people? If so, this could be the course for you.

This advanced level course develops skills involved in complementary therapies, including a variety of massage techniques and health and wellbeing. It will encourage you to examine alternative methods of enhancing general health and allow you to gain experience and confidence in working with clients. You will be able to participate in volunteering opportunities throughout the year, offering treatments in a variety of settings.

On successful completion of the course, you will be a qualified practitioner, eligible for professional membership and insurance as a Complementary Therapist.



A beauty kit and uniform must be purchased for this course, details are given at interview.


Dress code

You will wear a college uniform and purchase a beauty kit as directed by the department. Details regarding this are given at interview.




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

NC Beauty Therapy; OR

NC at SCQF level 6 in Beauty Care; OR

Other equivalent qualifications or experience.


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. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone 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

The HNC is an excellent qualification which meets the needs of an expanding and dynamic industry, and also provides a platform for those who wish to progress their studies to degree level. The award includes units which underpin knowledge and skills to work as Beauty Therapists in the public, private and charitable sectors.

Subjects studied encourage a holistic approach to restoring or maintaining good health.

Body Massage Treatment.
Applied Anatomy and Physiology
Spa Treatments
Signature Massage
Face and Body Treatment Packages
Contemporary Aesthetic Treatment
Traditional Head Massage
Aromatherapy Massage Professional Salon Skills

(This 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.


Successful HNC students may progress to HND courses in related areas, eg Professional Health Studies.

Career Prospects

This course prepares you for a career in the field of Beauty Therapies, spas seeking holistic therapies or self-employment.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).  Please visit their website: for further 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.    

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