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Beauty Therapy NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Hair & Beauty, Hospitality and Leisure

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


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'll 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 poular 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.

The course is delivered by our dedicated lecturing team, who have high-level skills and wide experience within the beauty profession. 

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Four National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above; OR
  • NC Beauty Care and Make Up SCQF Level 5; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • Due to European Directive you require to be 16 years of age by 30 September 2020 to undertake this course.

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

Units on the course include:-

  • Current Creative Make-up Trends.
  • Current Trends
  • Gel Nails
  • Facial Techniques.
  • Facial Treatment Packages.
  • Body Massage.
  • Depilation.
  • Eye Enhancements.
  • Manicure & Pedicure.
  • Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Face and Body Electrotherapy: an Introduction.
  • Commercial Experience.
  • Manicure and Pedicure.

After the course


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.

Continuing Study

Students can apply to progress to HND Beauty Therapy (SCQF Level 8), HNC Fashion Make-Up (SCQF Level 7), HND Make-up Artistry TV, Film and Theatre (SCQF Level 8).


How the course is taught

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'll 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.

Additional Information


A kit and uniform is required for this course - an order form will be supplied when you have accepted a place on the course.

All other materials for the course will be provided, and 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).

Longer hair must be tied back, no jewellery on hands or arms, and nails must be short and unvarnished.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome