SCQF Level 8
Hair and Beauty

Course Overview

If you’re looking to develop your skills in Holistic Therapies to a higher level this course is for you. Equipped with a more advanced skillset you will be well prepared to develop your passion for the industry by learning new therapeutic skills and knowledge enabling you to perform a variety of more advanced holistic therapies to meet industry requirements. You will also gain more hands-on experience through working in our employability salon with the high-end product company Elemis thus enhancing your employability prospects even further.

We make sure you are fully prepared for the industry and setting up your own successful business with a wide range of salon and spa environments  by assessing you in different methods from your work experience with clients case studies to oral presentation skills.

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

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Aromatherapy Massage 
  • Reflexology
  • Traditional Head Massage
  • Signature Massage
  • Spa Treatments
  • Stone Therapy Massage
  • Lifestyle Advice for Clients
  • Clinical Practice – Work Experience

Placement Information

  • All students at this level will take part in a work placement programme during their studies
  • You will also gain work experience in our Employability salons as part of the course
  • These are mandatory requirements of the course

Entry Requirements
  • All applicants must be qualified to a NC Level 6 in Wellness Therapies or equivalent 
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 completing open and closed book assessments, essays, case studies and research.


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
Career Opportunities

  • Self-Employed Holistic Therapist 
  • Holistic Therapist within a Spa 
  • Holistic Clinical Practitioner

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 18 hours per week (9-4 pm) plus one evening (4:30-8 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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Edinburgh College welcomes students from all over the world and we are dedicated to ensuring your time at the College is both educational and enjoyable.​
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