Beauty and Make-Up Artistry (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5


An excellent and exciting introduction to beauty and make-up designed for those wishing to work within the Beauty or Make-up industry.  

Offering a wide range of Cosmetic application techniques, this course prepares the candidate for work in the world of make-up with added design flair for those wishing to enter the world of make-up artistry or beauty. 

This course provides the qualifications you need to gain a junior role within the make-up industry, develop creative skills in the application of make-up and learn the basic skills in beauty therapy or to progress to an advanced level of study.

Course code





Full Time 
Attendance 2 or 3 days per week. 1 year (36 weeks) 
Please note this may be subject to change.  
Additional hours for work experience attendance may be required.

Entry Requirements

Two National 4 qualifications preferably to include English and a Science subject; NQ/NC qualification at SCQF level 5 in Beauty Care; OR other equivalent qualifications or experience. 
You are required to be 16 years of age by August 2023 to undertake this course.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you may be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. 
Learners will be required to attend a face-to-face interview or an interview on Teams video to further discuss your application. You will be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.  


This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.  

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

You will learn: 

Fantasy Make-up 

Beauty: Drawing and Colouring Design Skills 

Facial Skin Care 

Day Make-up and Basic Corrective Make-up 

Bridal and Evening Make-up 


Nail Art 

Portfolio Presentation 

The units that you study may be subject to change.


The course utilises a variety of assessment methods, including practical observation, case study compilation, research projects and closed book theory papers.


Make-up artistry (Level 7) 

HNC Beauty Therapy 

Progression onto another further education course 

Employment in make-up counters, beauty salons or freelance make-up work 


Career Prospects

Successful candidates could find employment in the following areas: 

Junior within a Beauty salon 

Junior Make-up Artist

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

Make-up Artistry is a hugely exciting and diverse industry to work in. Professional make-up artists create and produce the latest make-up trends and hair styles within fashion, TV, film, and theatre production. 


If you have passion, drive, creativity, a commitment to work hard, an elevated level of motivation and are a good team player who enjoys working with others, then make-up artistry is for you.