SCQF Level 5
Hair and Beauty

Course Overview
This 18-week course is an exciting insight into the Beauty and MakeUp industry which is aimed at both school leavers and mature learners looking for a change in career.

It introduces the skills you need for entry into the industry with practical and theoretical units covering basic make-up, make-up consultancy, brow shaping and tinting. The course also includes more creative units such as the art of photographic make-up, covering period, fantasy and bridal makeup looks, and body art design, which allows candidates to create their own 2D designs which they apply to a 3D surface.

You will work in our salons or studios providing a realistic industry environment which will give you valuable practical experience. You will also have the opportunity to undertake employment experience within our evening salons, these skills will enhance your employability prospects even further. You will be assessed on your occupational competence along with VTCT assessment criteria for e-assessment where applicable.

Please note: there is an additional cost for course kit, uniforms and books which must be purchased prior to starting the course.
What You Will Learn
  • Instruct and Apply Make- Up
  • Facial Analysis and Product Knowledge
  • The Art of Photographic Make-Up
  • Eyelash and Eyebrow Treatments
  • Health and Safety
  • Client care and Communication
  • Display and Promote Products and Services
Placement Information
  • There is no work placement required for this course, however, you will be working on clients in our realistic employability salons.
Entry Requirements
  • All applicants must be 16 years of age or older before the start date of the course 
  • Minimum 3 passes at SCQF Level 4 - preferably in English and Biology and pass an interview task 
  • Mature returners entry with successful interview and pass interview task
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • All practical assessments are carried out on paying clients within our salons. The theoretical aspects of the course are carried out under exam conditions 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • Successful applicants will be invited to a formal interview - all criteria will be sent out prior to interview date.
  • The interview will include a practical trade test and written task which you will be asked to complete prior to the interview
  • The formal interview has a scoring criteria based on - presentation and communication skills at interview, along with the practical trade test and written task

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Make-Up
  • NC Beauty Care
  • NC Wellness Award

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Opportunity to work in department stores and makeup boutiques as a Beauty Consultant carrying out makeup applications, retailing products, and offering skincare and makeup advice to customers as required.
  • You will have knowledge in promoting and selling skills to help you achieve targets set out by employers in this fast-growing industry.

Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
  • 21 hours per week, (9-4pm) plus one evening (4:30-7.30pm)
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Our success stories speak for themselves. We are proud winners year after year in varying competitions e.g.  WorldSkills UK - where hundreds of students from across the country compete in one of the industry’s top events.

We hold excellent, long standing, industry partnerships and continue to be a well-established and highly recognised college for the beauty and makeup industry.

Start Date(s)

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • 20/01/2020
End Date(s)

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • 12/06/2020
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