Beauty Care and Make-up SCQF 5 (Fort William) NC

What is special about this course?

Get 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, including the wedding market.

The emphasis of the award is to develop your basic skills with a focus on practical activities which will be carried out in our specially equipped college training salon. Our course also offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in hairstyling for weddings and events.

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills.  Find out more about key computing skills and essential student skills. 

Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of 2 National courses at SCQF level 4/5. Candidates will also be considered by merit based on their portfolio and previous experience.

If you do not have the entry requirements, you can be considered by demonstrating in your personal statement your skills, experience and enthusiasm and passion for beauty.

Unit contents include:

  • Facial skin care
  • Day make-up and basic corrective make-up
  • Manicure, pedicure and nail enhancements
  • Bridal and evening make-up
  • Portfolio presentation
  • Applying practical skills
  • Selling skills
  • Event and wedding hair styling
  • Massage
  • Waxing
  • Embedded development of core and essential skills

More than just your subject

Imagine coming out of college with your subject qualification PLUS a portfolio of skills endorsed by employers. That’s exactly what you will get with us. Our skills+ portfolio is part of your full-time course. You will develop skills in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, metaskills, work-readiness, net-zero, wellbeing, and the skills you need for your future aspirations. Our skills+ portfolio becomes your portfolio to take away with you. Whilst studying your subject you will build your skills+ portfolio and gain confidence and resilience along the way.


A kit and tunic will be provided for every student. Student not eligible for bursary or EMA will be able to purchase a kit through the college for no more than £100.  

Students may wish to purchase ring binders and poly pockets for theory work and any other stationery they may require.

Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study.

For the practical elements of your course, most of your timetabled learning will take place in the beauty salon in Fort William.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

September - June

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William
    • Fort William

Start date



Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course you could move into employment in the Beauty industry or progress onto an NC Beauty Care at SCQF 6 available within UHI. It is also possible to progress to an SVQ in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy also available within UHI.

Is there more information available online?

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I have always had an interest in the self-care industry. I chose to do this course after completing part time NPA Make-up Skills. 

I loved being in the college environment and our lecturer had so much experience and knowledge to share that it made me want to learn more from her about other areas of beauty therapy. I have really enjoyed the course and learning the many different skills that clients want is very exciting to me. I highly recommend it to others especially if they enjoy a practical job rather than working behind a desk all day.  

Even in the pandemic, the college has still been able to provide us with a place to do practical work and given us so much support. 

Caleigh Macdonald

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