Course aims

This qualification introduces students to aspects of make–up skills in the Beauty industry which, with further training, could lead to a range of employment opportunities. Students will develop knowledge, skills and techniques in cosmetology

It is expected that successful completion of this NPA may lead to employment in a trainee position in the Beauty industry. This is obviously not an award which is expected to take the student directly into full time employment as a fully qualified beauty therapist.

Course progression

  • NPA Level 4
    Beauty Skills

Progression to Level 5 and beyond is available through West Lothian College.

Course description

The course is delivered in a hairdressing salon environment within the school with professional hairdressers delivering the content. Links with local employers, and visits to real, commercial salons also support students learning as does the experience of visiting speakers.

This course consists of three mandatory units. These are:

  1. Beauty Skills – an Introduction,
  2. Make up Artistry – Practical Skills,
  3. Creative Nail Finishes to Hand and Foot.


Assessment in this Course is made up of both open book written assignments and practical performance supported by assessor. It will also be supported by a range of practical activities carried out in a salon environment.

Future Progression Routes in Subject

This qualification provides clear progression routes to SVQ Level 2 Beauty and/or SCQF Level 5 at college and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Beauty or training /employment.