Beauty Care & Make-up NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

Brand new full-time course in Beauty launching in Portree.

This qualification will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for further study within Beauty Care and Make-up or to gain employment at a junior level within the sector, including the wedding market. The emphasis of the award is to develop your basic skills with a focus on practical activities which will be carried out in our specially equipped college salon. Our course also offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in hairstyling for Weddings and Events.

Entry requirements

You should have at least 4 Standard Grades (at level 3 or above) or 4 National 4s or above or NPA Beauty Skills or equivalent.

Unit contents include:

  • Facial Skin Care
  • Day Make-up and Basic Corrective Make-up
  • Manicure, Pedicure and Nail Enhancements
  • Bridal and Evening Make-up
  • Portfolio Presentation
  • Applying Practical Skills
  • Selling Skills
  • Event and Wedding Hair Styling
  • Massage
  • Waxing

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Portree

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course you could move into employment in the Beauty industry or progress onto an NC Beauty Care at SCQF 6 available within UHI. It is also possible to progress to an SVQ in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy also available within UHI.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College 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 age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or 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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