Beauty Care NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

Continue your beauty journey with this course. Following successful completion of Beauty Care & Make Up NC Level 5 this course will give you the opportunity to continue to becoming a fully-fledged Beauty Therapist by building on existing knowledge and techniques and learning more advanced methods. Applicants with existing industry experience may be considered without having completed Level 5 (this will be subject to interview).

You can also progress to Beauty Therapy HNC.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of NC Beauty Care & Make Up Level 5. Applicants with relevant industry experience may be considered based on interview.

You will study a wide range of beauty treatments from facial techniques to gel nails, waxing and massage. Mandatory units are:

  • Facial techniques
  • Facial treatment packages
  • Nail finishes
  • Creative current make-Up trends
  • Depilation (hair removal)
  • Body massage
  • Commercial experience
  • Embedded development of core and essential skills


A kit and tunic will be provided for every student. Students may wish to purchase ring binders and poly pockets for theory work and any other stationery they may require.

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, instructors, 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.

As and when it is appropriate and safe to do so, your connected learning will take place in the training salon.  However, during periods of social distancing restrictions, some of your learning may need to move to 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.

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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Both  Beauty Therapy HNC  and  Beauty Therapy HND  are available within UHI.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I am a fully qualified nail technician with a small nail business on Skye. I wanted to expand my treatment menu, so I did NC Beauty Care and Make-up last year and now NC Beauty Care at level 6.

I am enjoying the course, expanding my knowledge on everything I learned last year. There is more theory at level 6, which gives you a better understanding of how the body works. This enables you to speak to your clients confidently on how certain treatments work and how they’ll benefit you.

I know I’ll have more to offer my lovely clients and perhaps in the future I’ll move into teaching beauty.

Jane Hodder

Apply for Beauty Care NC Level 6

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