Beauty Care and Make-Up NC

What is special about this course?

This qualification is designed to equip the student with 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. The emphasis of the award is to develop basic skills with the focus on practical activities which will be carried out in a realistic work environment.

    Entry requirements

    Applicants should have achieved 4 SQA qualifications at National 4 or above.  Mature students may obtain entry by interview and/or previous experience.

    If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. For example, you may have completed a school-based NPA qualification in a beauty-related subject. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility.

    When undertaking this award you will study skills which are appropriate to Beauty Care and Make-Up. You will study skills areas which include Customer Care, selling skills, facial skin care, day and corrective make-up, bridal and evening make-up and manicure. You may then specialise by undertaking units in nail art, waxing, massage and special make-ups.

    The aims of this course are to -

    • Encourage students to adopt best practice and work behaviour and ethics
    • Provide opportunities for the personal development of skills and attitudes which will improve employment potential and career development within the Beauty Care and Make-Up industry.
    • Equip students with skills and knowledge that will lead to a qualification which will enable the student to progress to competence based qualifications.

    How will I study my course?

    • Full Time

    Assessment includes a variety of conditions including open-book folio and practical activities.

    This is a full time course where owing to the very practical nature of the award you will be expected to work in a realistic work environment with clients.

    How long will my course last?

    1 Academic Years

    Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    Please contact your local centre for more information on start date.


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

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    On successful completion of the course you may be eligible to progress to a level 6 qualification such as NC Beauty Care or NC Make-Up Artistry.

    Is there more information available online?

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

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