Beauty (SfW) Higher

What is special about this course?

The focus of this course is on experiencing the salon environment and on development of your practical skills. You'll also get practical experience of communication and customer care.

You'll gain experience in facial treatments, hand & nail care, nail painting, and makeup application. You will identify current make-up trends from a variety of sources and have the opportunity to experiment to produce a 'look' which reflects these trends.  This course also involves a detailed look at anatomy of the skin, hands and face which will help you develop an understanding of the effects of the practical skills you'll learn.

Entry requirements

Ideally you should already have an NPA in Make Up Skills at SCQF Level 5 but if you do not have this you may still apply. You will be asked to attend an interview.

The course includes the following units:

Facial Techniques

Facial Treatment Packages

Nail Finishes

Creative Current Make-Up Trends


Personal Protective Clothing (PPE) will be provided for you.

How will I study my course?

  • Skills for Work

The course is based in your school salon, with some theory work undertaken in the classroom.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have completed this course you might consider undertaking an NC Beauty at college or a Modern Apprenticeship with a local employer.

Is there more information available online?

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.