Beauty Care and Make-Up Level 5 NC

What is special about this course?

Do you dream of a career in the beauty industry?   

This fast-track course will help you develop your creative skills in the application of make-up and learn the basics required to carry out treatments for the face, body, and nails.

With a combination of both theoretical and practical learning, most of the teaching will take place in the college salon to build your experience of working with clients in a realistic work environment.  

This course will allow you to explore the many different specialities and career paths open to you in this sector. 


    Entry requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Applicants should be 16 years or older on the start date of the course.  Any relevant previous experience would be beneficial.

    • Beauty and Make-up: Portfolio Presentation - research the various types of portfolios available and the required techniques to be able to present visuals of practical work in well organised manner and to a high standard
    • Day Make-up and Basic Corrective Make-up – a complete introduction to the appropriate cosmetics for each client’s skin type, application techniques including the use of tools and products, consultation techniques, skin types, skin tone and corrective make-up techniques
    • Facial Skin Care – development of practical facial skin care techniques including exfoliation and massage. Theoretical knowledge including skin structure, health and safety requirements and consultation techniques
    • Bridal and Evening Make-up – a practical based unit which will allow students to develop their application techniques in both evening and bridal make-up styles
    • Manicure – practical development of nail care skills and a theoretical knowledge of the nail, bone, and skin structure
    • Pedicure – development of practical skills including shaping the nail, cuticle care, basic foot care and nail finishing techniques, consultation techniques and the relevant theoretical knowledge
    • Waxing Treatments – the development of basic practical skills in body hair removal and the required knowledge of skin and hair structure
    • Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage – an introduction to the massage techniques used for body massage, including the relevant theoretical knowledge; effects and benefits of each technique
    • Applying Practical Skills – progression of the student’s practical skills and abilities       
    • Selling Skills – a theory and role play based unit aiding in the development of selling skills within the salon setting               
    • Skills for Customer Care – a theory-based unit ensuring a fully understanding of customer care skills, methods of collecting customer feedback and how to use this feedback effectively.       

    We also will have guest lectures from a range of industry professionals. 


    The college will provide tunics and all required products and equipment. 

    How will I study my course?

    • Full Time

    This practical course will mainly be taught in-person in our salon. 

    You will attend class for approximately 3 days per week. You will be required spend around 8 hours in flexible learning outside of class 

    Find out more about how you will learn with us.


    How long will my course last?

    1 Academic Year

    Where can I study my course?

      • Oban Learning Centre

    Start date


    The course will run for approximately 3 days per week.


    Most full-time students will automatically have their course fees paid for this course.   

    If you have recently moved to, or do not normally live in Scotland, you may need to pay £5,970 in course fees, these can be paid in instalments. Families of Armed Services personnel are subject to different fees regulations and may also have to pay course fees. If you think this may apply to you, please contact us and we can advise you. 

    This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU). 

    Part-time FE students who are on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits may also have their course fees paid for them. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible.  

    Each single SQA unit costs £90. You may be able to apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA) to cover up to £200 of part time fees. 


    Bursary for Living Costs 

    If you are 18 years of age or over on the start date of your course, and will be studying full-time you may be eligible for bursary funding, depending on your household income. Our bursary fund is finite and is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so it’s important to make your application for bursary as soon as the application process opens in July. You will need to have accepted our offer before you apply. 

    If you are under 18 you may be eligible for EMA. EMA is paid at a rate of £30 per week dependent on your total household income.  

    Please see page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide for full details of Bursary and EMA.  

    You may also be eligible for assistance with travel and childcare, and we have discretionary funds for those students in need. You can find all the information you need in our funding pages

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    When you’ve successfully completed this course, you can move on to study at a higher level with courses such as: 

    • NC Beauty Care level 6  

    Employment options in this sector could include:  

    • Junior level position in a salon, spa or wellness centre 

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    An excellent course to continue the development of industry relevant beauty skills and knowledge.

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    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.