The Skills for Work (SfW) Higher Course in Beauty provides an entry level qualification suited to anyone looking to develop a career in a beauty salon or in the beauty industry in general. Set at SCQF level 6, it provides the skills required by the beauty industry.
The focus is on experiencing the salon environment and on the development of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding. It also gives practical experience of communication and customer care.
Specific skills are developed in cleansing, toning, moisturising, basic face massage, masque application and removal, skin warming, exfoliation, nail shaping, cuticle care, hand massage, nail painting and basic make-up application techniques. Current make-up trends are identified from a variety of sources, with candidates having the opportunity to experiment to produce a ‘look’ which reflects these trends.
Emphasis throughout all Units is on the employability skills and attitudes which will help to prepare candidates for the workplace.
This qualification is available in colleges.
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Beauty is an expanding market and could be of interest to a large number of candidates at various ages. It allows centres to offer a meaningful qualification which meets the needs of industry, and opens up the possibility of continued study for candidates.
Each Unit incorporates both theory and practice so that candidates understand the relevance of the knowledge more easily as they experience the practical application. Reflecting on this experience is a key feature.
Teaching programmes include learning in real or simulated workplace settings, learning through role play activities in vocational contexts, carrying out case study work, and planning and carrying out practical tasks and assignments. Candidates also experience a realistic view of conditions in the beauty industry by visits to salons or visits from salon professionals.
This Course is based on aspects of the National Occupational Standards and is nationally certificated.
This Course is suitable for:
Entry is at the discretion of the centre.
This Course or its Units may provide progression to:
Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.
Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.
Assessment in this Course will be based mainly on a range of practical activities carried out in a salon environment. Performance evidence will be supported by teacher/lecturer observation checklists and client record cards. Candidates will also complete structured questions, reviews of their employability skills and gather specified evidence.
Group Award code:C262 12 (24 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 6
The Course consists of four 40-hour mandatory Units.
Beauty: Facial Techniques — F5AY 12
Beauty: Facial Treatment Packages — F5B1 12
Beauty: Nail Finishes — F5B2 12
Beauty: Creative Current Make-Up Trends — F5B3 12
NABs for all Units are available to download from SQA’s secure site.
Aspects of the National Occupational Standards for Beauty at levels 1, 2 and 3 have been incorporated into this Course. As a result, the competence, knowledge and understanding achieved by candidates broadly reflect these standards.