Beauty & Aesthetic Therapies SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This new course in Beauty & Aesthetics has three primary objectives:
1. To develop key practical skills to enable you to carry out a broad range of beauty therapy treatments
2. To build essential core and life skills which are transferable and will enable you to exit into employment or progress onto a higher level of study
3. To develop a range of key employability skills including work experience, retailing, health and hygiene, and running a successful salon

Successful completion of this course may lead you into employment in a salon/spa as a junior beauty & aesthetic therapist. 

Other opportunities may be found in the field of beauty therapy, leisure, retail and the commercial make-up industry.

Special features:
• The course offers blended delivery with a range of resources to suit different learning styles
• You will gain key industry skills preparing you for employment
• As part of this course you will visit local charities and venues
• You will also get the opportunity to participate in competition work

Entry requirements

You should have or be working towards three National 4s, one of which must be English
satisfactory attainment of a SCQF Level 4 course.

Applications are encouraged from mature learners who do not possess formal qualifications but have the skills to meet academic demands of the course.

You will be invited to attend a prestart event prior to acceptance where you will be individually interviewed. 

You will also participate in an induction programme. 

Course content includes:

• Prescriptive Facial Therapy
• Manicure, Pedicure & Gel Treatments
• Carry Out Waxing Services
• Advanced Eye Techniques
• Wellbeing and Mindfulness
• Self-Tanning Techniques
• Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
• The Role of the Salon Leader
• Health & Hygiene
• Core Skills


A kit is required and infill students may be required to purchase a kit for some units. This will be discussed wit. You will also be required to work and be worked on for all practical units.

You will be responsible for sourcing your own clients for assessment.

You must also work and be worked on for all practical units.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Face-to-face teaching.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year
  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2 years
  • Infill: duration depends on the unit

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of this course will allow you to enter into employment in a salon/spa as a junior beauty therapist.

Alternatively, you can progress onto the SCQF Level 6 Beauty and Aesthetic Therapies.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Beauty & Aesthetic Therapies SCQF Level 5

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.