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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course is aimed at those with qualifications in beauty therapy who would like to further develop their theoretical & practical skills. Once completed, this course prepares students for beauty or spa therapist, salon manager or owner/self-employed.


Successful completion of this course allows students to progress to HND Beauty Therapy or gain direct entry into year 2 of the BSc (hons) Integrative Healthcare at the University of Highlands and Islands.

Read about Abbie Pow's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    This course covers:

    • Applied anatomy and physiology
    • Face and body treatment packages
    • Face and body electrotherapy treatments
    • Professional salon skills
    • Work placement
    • Spa therapies
    • Graded unit 1

    Traditional head massage

    Product knowledge


    • This will allow you to offer complete treatment packages to your clients
HNC Beauty Therapy

Why choose this course

Higher National qualifications are sought-after and recognised by employers, insurance companies and the public. The units are current, industry related and you will have the opportunity to train & use professional skin care brands. This course includes practical demonstrations & lectures whilst working in our realistic salon which is fully equipped to perform treatments. Skills will be developed by initially practicing on each other prior to completing on clients once proficient. Guest speakers are arranged to help advise of any upcoming career opportunities.

Entry requirements

You should have the following or equivalent:

  • NC level 6 beauty care
  • SVQ level 3 beauty therapy

You should also be motivated, enthusiastic and interested in the beauty therapy industry.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: HND  Beauty Therapy. Direct Entry into year 2 BSc (hons) Integrative Healthcare at the University of Highlands and Islands

    Employment: Qualified beauty therapist working as an employee within the beauty or spa industry, managerial roles, self-employment,

Interview arrangements

If you are selected for interview, we will send you an interview date by email. 

The interview involves:

  • Welcome and course information
  • Individual interview
  • Written task

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.