Beauty Care and 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.

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills.  Find out more about key computing skills and essential student skills

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

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study.

For the practical elements of your course, some of your timetabled learning will probably take place in the Training Salon in Portree.

Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone & camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How long will my course last?

26 Weeks

August - June

Where can I study my course?

    • Portree

Start date

August 2022


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 have always had an interest in the self-care industry. I chose to do this course after completing part time NPA Make-up Skills. 

I loved being in the college environment and our lecturer had so much experience and knowledge to share that it made me want to learn more from her about other areas of beauty therapy. I have really enjoyed the course and learning the many different skills that clients want is very exciting to me. I highly recommend it to others especially if they enjoy a practical job rather than working behind a desk all day.  

Even in the pandemic, the college has still been able to provide us with a place to do practical work and given us so much support. 

Caleigh Macdonald

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