Beauty Therapy HNC

What is special about this course?

The HNC Beauty Therapy will enable you to develop the skills and competencies required in the professional practice of beauty therapy.

You will learn advanced therapy skills, management skills, and develop the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of therapy treatments.

You may also have the opportunity to participate in local events with students from other university campuses.

Special features

  • You will benefit from direct contact with clients throughout your studies
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above or
  • 1 A Level at grade D or above
  • Preferably in English or a science related subject, plus
  • 3 Standard grades with a 1,2 or 3 for a level 6 programme, or equivalent
  • Alternatively, NC Beauty Care, or SVQ3 Beauty Therapy
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

NC Beauty Care or SVQ L3 Beauty Therapy

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Anatomy and physiology for beauty and complementary therapists
  • Management and practices of body therapies
  • Management and practices of facial therapies
  • Employment experience 1
  • Beauty therapy: graded unit 1

Optional subjects may include:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Principles and practices of selling
  • Body massage
  • Beauty therapy: contemporary aesthetic treatments
  • Beauty therapy: depilation
  • Beauty therapy: electrical epilation
  • Beauty therapy: facial treatments
  • Beauty therapy: product knowledge
  • Spa treatments 1
  • Lifestyle advice for clients
  • Beauty therapy: hand and foot therapy
  • Beauty therapy: face and body electrotherapy

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Par- time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £434 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434 £448

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion you will have the skills needed to work in beauty therapy in salons, hotels, cruise ships and other venues. 

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Beauty Therapy

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students are saying

The course has really helped me understand the fundamentals of beauty therapy and learn new skills that can be applied straight into a job. I have also gained employability skills; understanding of the beauty sector and created new friendships.

Mhairi Cook, HND Beauty Therapy student based at our Perth College UHI campus.

Apply for Beauty Therapy HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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