Beauty Therapy NQ

What is special about this course?

NQ Beauty Therapy (SCQF Level 6) is a course which will allow you to gain and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of the industry sector and related industries. The NQ is a National Qualification that should be recognised by any potential employer as a measure of your abilities and should allow for employment in a junior role within the Beauty Therapy industry. The course is delivered on a full-time basis and will provide you with a qualification and a defined skill set which reflects the skills essential for a successful career in the Beauty sector. The main aim of the award is to introduce you to the professional principles and practices of Beauty Therapy which will help you to make informed future career choices and enhance your employability skills. This course encompasses a large practical element which is carried out in our salons within ‘The Retreat’ at the Academy of Sport and Wellbeing therefore providing a realistic working environment and giving you valuable practical experience.

Entry requirements

Three qualifications at SQA National 4 or 5 including English, and preferably a science subject. You should enjoy working with people and have a bright, friendly personality. Your application and interview will form part of the selection process.

The course is delivered over one year and covers many of the key subjects needed for a career in beauty therapy, including:

  • Facial and eye treatments
  • Customer care
  • Body massage
  • Human biology
  • Core Skills
  • Hand and foot treatments
  • Manual and Spray Tanning application
  • Eye Enhancements

The emphasis is on practical skills with underpinning theory.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching; practical hands on; independent study and online support materials; case studies and reflective writing.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Perth

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may be able to progress onto the HNC/D Beauty Therapy course at the College.

This level of qualification could help you find work in a beauty or health salon.

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