SCQF Level 6
Hair and Beauty

Course Overview

This 18-week course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to work competently as an advanced beauty therapist specialising in makeup. The course is suited to individuals who have previously completed Level 2 Beauty Therapy or hold an equivalent Level 2 certificate e.g. Cosmetic Makeup or Beauty Consultancy.   


Edinburgh College is the first flagship Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) College in Scotland. Training at Edinburgh College will enhance your employability prospects as we have an exceptional standard of facilities and highly qualified lecturers. You will work in our salons and studios providing a realistic industry environment. This training will give you valuable practical experience and is a stepping stone towards a fulfilling career as a beauty make-up specialist. You will undertake vital employment experience in our evening salons. 

Throughout this qualification, you will monitor procedures to safely control work operations, contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities, design and create fashion and photographic make-up and provide specialist skin camouflage services. You will also learn how to manage the finances of a business, apply individual eyelash extensions and skills in self-tanning.  


Please note: there is an additional cost for course kit uniforms and books which must be purchased prior to starting the course. It is mandatory that you bring in models for practice and assessment purposes.


If you are interested in being a model for our students or want to try out our star facilities before beginning your studying journey, simply book in for a treatment. Check out our price list here


What You Will Learn
  • Design and Create Fashion and Photographic Makeup
  • Facial Skincare 
  • Provide Specialist Skin Camouflage Services 
  • Plan and Provide Airbrush Makeup 
  • Eyelash Extensions 
  • Self-Tanning Services 
  • Health and Safety 
  • Client Care and Communication 
  • Promotional Activity and Services
  • Competition Technical Skills

Placement Information

  • You will gain vital employment experience at our evening employability salon. Please note this is a mandatory aspect of the course.

Entry Requirements

  • All applicants must be 16 years of age or older before the start date of the course  and hold -
  • a Level 2 Certificate in Cosmetic Make-Up and Beauty Consultancy or Level 2 Beauty Therapy Award qualification or equivalent 


English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed

  • You will be assessed on your occupational competence along with VTCT assessments and e-assessments. All practical assessments are carried out on paying clients within our salons. The theory aspects of the course are carried out online. 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

  • Successful applicants will be invited to a formal interview - all criteria will be sent out prior to the interview date  
  • The interview will include a practical trade test and written task 
  • The formal interview has a scoring criterion based on presentation and communication skills at the interview, along with the practical trade test and written task 


Progression And Articulation Routes

  • Hairdressing and Make-Up Techniques for the Hair & Beauty Consultant
  • NPA Make-Up Artistry
  • HNC Fashion Make-Up

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

  • Enter employment in the beauty and makeup industry as a freelance beauty make-up specialist 
  • Further your skills as a beauty make-up specialist and a lash technician with personal CPD 
  • You will have also gained some knowledge in the financial effectiveness of the business and this will assist individuals looking to become self-employed 


Number Of Days Per Week
  • 18 hours per week (9 am -4 pm) 
  • 1 evening (4:30 am -7.30 pm)
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Our success stories speak for themselves. We are proud winners year after year in varying competitions e.g.  WorldSkills UK - where hundreds of students from across the country compete in one of the industry’s top events.

We hold established industry partnerships and continue to be a well-established and recognised college for the beauty and makeup industry.

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