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Beauty and Make-up NQ

(SCQF level 5)

Hair & Beauty, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

29th Aug 2022, 1 year


City Campus


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’ll 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'll be taught by a highly motivated team with an excellent range of industrial experience 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 at WorldSkills UK including entry into Squad UK to compete on the world stage.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 5. 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Three National 4 qualifications; OR
  • NPA Cosmetology; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • Due to European Directive you require to be 16 years of age by 30 September 2022 to undertake this course.

Additional selection requirements

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, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

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

You'll study:

  • Artificial Nail Tips and Overlay.
  • Facial Skin Care.
  • Day Make-up and Basic Corrective Make-up.
  • Bridal and Evening Make-up.
  • Waxing Treatments.
  • Eye Enhancements.
  • Manicure.
  • Applying Practical Skills.
  • Selling Skills.

After the course


This course prepares you with an excellent range of skills for a career in a junior role within the ever expanding beauty sector.  

Continuing Study

Students can apply for NQ Beauty Therapy (SCQF Level 6), NQ Wellness Therapies (SCQF Level 6), NQ Make-up Artistry (SCQF Level 6), HNC Fashion Make-up (SCQF Level 7).


How the course is taught

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. 

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

Assessment methods

Assessments are ongoing and cover both theory and practical elements of the course. 

Additional Information


  • Student Kit.
  • Student uniform.

Dress code

You will wear a uniform to reflect industry standards.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    29th Aug 2022, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus