Beauty Therapy SCQF 5 (Thurso) SVQ

What is special about this course?

Discover your path to a rewarding career in the beauty industry with the SVQ Beauty Therapy SCQF 5 course. This programme offers a comprehensive blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on training, covering everything from skincare to makeup and nail treatments. As you progress, you'll gain an industry-recognized qualification that enhances your employability, opening doors to salons, spas, and even your own beauty business. Our experienced instructors provide personalized support, ensuring you develop the skills and confidence needed to thrive in this dynamic field. You will benefit from working at our commercial salon, House of Morven, giving you the practical knowledge and customer skills required to develop & maintain positive working relationships with customers and members of your work-team. 

Entry requirements

  • Two National 5 and three National 4 qualifications.
  • Candidates who do not have the above requirements but who have successfully completed Pathway to Hair and Beauty SCQF 4/5 will be considered.
  • Work experience in a beauty salon would also be an advantage. 

Students will learn to carry out a range of beauty treatments which may include:

  • Facials, eyebrow and lash treatments and waxing services
  • Manicure and pedicure services
  • Customer care
  • Health and safety
  • Working with colleagues and supervisors
  • Make-up
  • Shellac
  • Eyelash extensions

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Block release

Blended delivery - Students will carry out practical learning in our commercial salon and will complete some theory elements of the course online through our Virtual Learning Environment.

How long will my course last?

One year full time, longer on a part time basis.

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

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What can I do on completion of my course?

Upon successful completion of the course, most students progress on to the SVQ Beauty Therapy SCQF 6 to build on their foundational skills, learning more advanced treatments and techniques to prepare them for the world of work.

A beauty qualification can open up a diverse range of career opportunities in the beauty industry including Beauty Therapist, Makeup Artist, Nail Technician, Skincare Specialist, Salon Manager, and Product Sales.




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