NPA Beauty Skills SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

Do you enjoy beauty care and would like to increase your skills? Or are you looking to start a career in the Beauty industry? This could be the ideal way to get started.

You will have a broad introduction to some basic beauty skills working on real clients. Topics covered include cleansing, toning and moisturising, nails, make up, and tweezing along with an understanding of the health and safety issues to consider working in the beauty industry.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, although you will be subject to interview.

This course is at level SCQF 4 and consists of 3 mandatory units:

  • Beauty Skills: An Introduction
  • Cosmetology: Make-up Artistry Practical Skills
  • Creative Nail Finishes to Hand and Foot

This qualification will provide you with an introduction to a selection of essential beauty treatment techniques, focusing particularly on make-up and nail skills.

Throughout the qualification you will learn about aspects of customer care, explore current contemporary Beauty skills, and gain an understanding of Health and Safety procedures relevant to beauty treatments. You will apply suitable products using basic make-up artist skills, carry out a range of basic creative nail finishes, and understand the basic principles of nail finishes and develop application techniques using a variety of basic nail finishes.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

The course is based in the school salon, with some theory work undertaken in the computer suite.

How long will my course last?

The course will be completed part-time over one academic year.

Where can I study my course?

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?

Successful completion of this course should enable a smooth transition to other school-based courses at SCQF Level 5, such as NPA Make-up Skills or NPA Beauty Massage. Alternatively, there may be opportunities in some areas to progress to a full-time course such as NC Beauty Care and Make-up

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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.