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Beauty Therapy HND

(SCQF level 8)

Hair & Beauty, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The course offers a high-level beauty qualification that will provide you with knowledge of current beauty treatments, product ranges and techniques. An employment driven focus throughout all aspects of the course ensures that you are employment ready and have great success in developing careers within the ever-expanding beauty sector.

You'll be taught by a highly motivated and versatile team with an excellent range of industrial expertise who deliver world-class student focussed learning.

The department has been awarded The Herald Look Awards Training Institution of the year and our students have gained Gold and Silver medals in WorldSkills UK competitions including entry to Squad UK to compete on the world stage.

Please note, prior beauty knowledge is not essential.

This course is offered with 2 different pathways – one for those with a qualification at NCGA Beauty Care Level 6 and the other for those with no prior beauty but have 2 Highers or equivalent.

You'll receive an HND Beauty Therapy award on successful completion of the course.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

No prior beauty qualification pathway

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above; OR
  • NC Level 6 or HNC/D in any subject area; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

NCGA Beauty Care Level 6 pathway

  • NCGA Beauty Care Level 6; OR
  • NVQ/SVQ Level 3 Beauty.

If you have an HNC Beauty Therapy you may be considered for direct entry into HND 2nd year. This will be dependent on the units you hold and places being available. 

Additional selection requirements

Entry to the course is based on you:-

  • Meeting the entry requirements of your course and
  • Attending a course information session.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

During your two years, you'll learn:-

  • Facial Treatments and chemical peels.
  • Body Massage. 
  • Face and Body Electrotherapy both traditional and advanced taught over 2 years including microdermabrasion, high frequency, mircocurrent and light therapy.
  • Waxing.
  • Manicure & Pedicure.
  • Spa Treatments.
  • Make-up skills.
  • Eyelash and eyebrow artistry.
  • Contemporary aesthetic treatments including lash lifting treatments, nail techniques and Russian volume lashes.
  • Work Experience.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in the Beauty Industry, including roles in salons, health spas, cruise ships, or self-employment.  A number of senior or managerial posts may also be available to HND qualified therapists.

Continuing Study

Successful students can progress to degree courses in related areas.


How the course is taught

This is a full-time course with class and home study, theory and practical assessments, research projects and presentations, self-directed study and group work.

Committed to helping you achieve your full potential, the 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. You will work on each other during the initial stages of teaching and will then move on to work on clients to improve your practical ability and increase confidence as a beauty therapist.

Assessment methods

Practical observations, case studies, assignments, presentations, research tasks, record cards, restricted response questions and reports.  You will work on live clients during your time at college and will also be required to model for treatments yourself.

Additional Information


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

Dress code

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

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome