SCQF Level 5
Hair and Beauty

Course Overview

This 18-week course is an exciting insight into the Beauty industry and a great starting point for school leavers with National 5 qualifications.

The course introduces the basic beauty skills you need for entry into the industry with practical and theory units covering Manicure, Pedicure, Skincare, Make-Up, and Customer Care.

You will work in our salons and studios which will give you valuable practical experience in realistic environments. You will also have the opportunity to gain employment experience within our evening salons, these skills will enhance your employability prospects even further. You will be assessed on your practical abilities along with written assessment criteria where applicable. 

On successful completion of this course you can apply for the NC Level 5 Beauty Care and Make-Up second semester. 


Please note: there is an additional cost for the course kit, uniforms and books which must be purchased prior to starting the course


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

  • Skincare
  • Day Make-up and Basic Corrective Make-Up
  • Personal Care and Appearance
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Customer Care
  • Practical Salon Skills

Placement Information

Employment experience will take place within our evening employability salons.

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 must hold:
  • A minimum of two National 5s or two relevant Standard Grades at credit level or a qualification at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent preferably in English and Biology and pass the interview task 
  • Mature returners entry with successful interview and pass interview task


English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5

How the course is assessed
All practical assessments are carried out on paying clients within our salons. The theory aspects of the course are carried out under exam conditions.
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 scoring criteria based on presentation and communication skills at interview, along with the practical trade test and written task


Progression And Articulation Routes
  • NC Level 5 Beauty Care and Make-Up
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

  • This course allows further progression to our NC Level 5 Beauty Care and Make-Up
  • You will gain some practical skills to work within a beauty salon as a Junior Beauty Therapist

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 21 hours per week (9-4pm) may include one evening (4:30-7.30 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.  AHT, Wella Exposure - where hundreds of students from across the country compete in one of the industry’s top events. Along with this we have a successful collaboration with  St Columba's Hospice where our students work as volunteers to provide holistic services 

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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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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