Beauty Care and Makeup NC

What is special about this course?

Enter the exciting and evolving world of the beauty industry with this qualification. 

You will gain the knowledge and skills required to carry out treatments for face, body, nails, as well as make-up application. 

There is a combination of theory and practical on this course. An element of self-study is also required.  

Entry requirements

  • Three passes at general grade National 4 including Engish. Biology is desirable.
  • Introduction to Beauty (SCQF 4)/NPA Cosmetology
  • Your personal statement should reflect your desire to work in this field.  Communication skills, a willingness to learn practical skills and working with the general public are essential.
  • Ideally, applicants will have experience/knowledge and interest in beauty.
  • Applicants are encouraged from mature students who may not have formal qualifications but have skills required to meet the demands of the course.

Additional selection requirements:

Entry to the course is based on you:-

  • Meeting the above entry requirements, and
  • Attending a course information and selection day
  • Facial skin care
  • Hair, beauty and make-up portfolio presentation
  • Day make-up and basic corrective make-up
  • Bridal and evening make-up
  • Themed face-painting
  • Manicure
  • Nail art
  • Reception duties
  • Personal care and appearance
  • Applying practical skills
  • Selling skills
  • Salon skills
  • The human body
  • Back, neck and shoulder massage
  • ICT
  • Working with others
  • Competition work


    How will I study my course?

    Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

    This course will be delivered by blended learning - a combination of face to face and remote learning. You will attend campus in person one day per week and you will access timetabled sessions remotely, via your computer or device, two days per week. From October you will attend campus for two days per week.
    • Full Time
    • Part Time
    • Face to face
    • Online resources
    • Group work
    • Role play
    • Opportunities to attend external visits, eg Scottish Beauty Show and International Make up Artistry Trade Show (IMATS), London.*
    • External training opportunitiies, eg Eve Taylor product knowledge and Steiner Cruise Liner international recruitment talk
    • Industry CPD*

    As part of your course, you will work with community groups and participate in fundraising events to enhance your experience. 

    The course is timetabled for up to 3 days per week between 9am and 5pm, with the possibility of an early evening session. 

    *Additional costs apply

    How long will my course last?

    1 Year

    Where can I study my course?

      • Inverness Campus

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    You may be eligible to apply for an Educational Maintenance Allowance or Bursary.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    • Progression onto NC Beauty Care Level 6
    • Employment within the make-up and skin care sector

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    NC beauty care and make up has been designed with employer feedback in mind to ensure the course meets current beauty industry requirements. We engage with a range of employers and suppliers through a series of guest lectures, visits and events, and we take part in various competitions. Students carry out treatments during term time on the general public, staff and students in our salons, equipped with the latest equipment and technology, Lecturers and student services staff  support and encourage students to attain the best they can.

    Tracey Shand, Beauty Lecturer

    I feel the course is well organised, enjoyable and friendly. The treatments we are taught throughout the course relate to current industry trends and our lecturers are very supportive.

    Adele Williamson, Student

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