Beauty Care & Make-up NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

Get 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 training 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 National 4s or equivalent 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
  • Embedded development of core and essential skills

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis. 

Connected learning is when you learn together with lecturers,students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Flexible learning covers lecturer directed learning and self-directed learning.

Lecturer-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:
• posting your idea in a discussion forum,
• completing a quiz,
• practising a task, activity or idea
• watching a video or reading,
• discussing and working on a solution with another student,
• researching and gathering information,
• completing an assignment or project-based task.

Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

Your connected learning will take place in an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students. We have ten college centres and there may be an option to study some of the time from your local centre. This will depend on social distancing limitations.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Portree

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

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

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

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.


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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What our students, graduates and staff say

I have really enjoyed studying. Our lecturer is excellent, and it makes such a difference having someone who is a practising beautician teaching us. She is completely up to date with the beauty therapy industry. She shares her own practical business expertise, bringing a fresh insight.

I’ve learned so much: basic skills and technical background information. I feel ready now to expand what I can offer in my own hair and beauty business.

Lorraine Munro


I did Skills for Work Hairdressing as part of the school college partnership. I like hair styling but I always really wanted to do beauty – it’s been the plan in my back pocket since I was 16!

Our college beauty salon has room for 12, so we get a lot of personal attention and support from our lecturer and from college staff. I feel we’ve been treated as adults.

Beauty is not just about being a make-up artist. There are practical and theoretical aspects to the career and we study quite a bit in order to understand our responsibility to our client.

I have enjoyed learning new skills such as waxing, nails, massage and eye enhancements. It has really made it an all-round course.

Our lecturer has brought such a lot to the course, as she is a practicing beauty therapist with her own business. She shares her personal experience of 14 years employment in the industry.

Nicola MacDonald

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