NPA Make-up Skills SCQF level 5 NPA

What is special about this course?

This NPA is the only Make-up Skills National Progression Award at SCQF level 5 offered by an awarding organisation. The course will provide you with skills in the key aspects of makeup, focusing on specific makeup styles including young, mature and corrective techniques.

Entry requirements

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

This course is at level SCQF 5 and consists of 3 mandatory units:

  • Contemporary Make-Up
  • Day Make-Up and Basic Corrective Make-Up
  • Bridal and Evening Make-Up

Through working in the salon you will gain knowledge of current relevant Health and Safety legislation, as well as building expertise in Make-up Artistry methods and skills.

You will develop skills in contemporary make-up application using professional make-up products. You will research, plan and produce specific make-up looks to include young and mature day make-up using various techniques, and learn the use of corrective make-up. In your 3rd practical unit you will learn how to consult with clients, identify contra-indications, and go on to prepare and apply bridal and evening make-ups.

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 progression to other school-based courses such as Higher Beauty. Alternatively, there may be opportunities in some areas to progress to a full-time course such as NC Beauty Care and Make-up. Those not wishing to continue in full-time study may seek a trainee position in the Beauty industry, specifically Make-Up Skills.

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.