Beauty - Higher (SCQF level 6)

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Structure of the Course

This Course is at Higher level and consists of four 40 hour mandatory Units.   

Mandatory Units:

Facial Techniques 1 Unit credit
Facial Treatment Packages 1 Unit credit
Nail Finishes 1 Unit credit
Creative Current Make-up Trends 1 Unit credit


Summary of Course content

The Course provides a broad, experiential introduction to beauty. The focus is on experiencing the salon environment and on the development of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding. Practical experience of communication and customer care skills is included. Specific skills 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 are developed. 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. These are detailed in the employability skills profile in this Course Specification.

Summary of content of each Unit:

Assessment Approaches

To achieve the Course award the candidate must successfully achieve all the Units which make up the Course.
Assessment objectives

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.

Learning and Teaching Material

The main approaches to learning in the Course should be experiential, practical and candidate centred. Candidates should have the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills in a real or simulated salon environment where they will experience workplace conditions, deal with customers, learn the importance of teamwork and develop good working practices.

Experience of the workplace

Centres are encouraged to establish links with industry representatives, who may be willing to offer support in the form of visits from a member of staff to give candidates a realistic view of conditions in the beauty industry. It may be possible for centres to arrange visits to beauty salons as part of the candidates' learning experience, to help candidates build knowledge and understanding.

Resource Requirements

Centres will require beauty salon facilities for each of the Units in the Course. This will include plinths, trolleys, beauty stools, basins. The salon facility will need to be equipped with sufficient beauty equipment, tools, products and consumables which should include magnifying lamps, spatulas, brushes, tweezers, files, a range of cleansers, toners, exfoliators, masques, moisturisers, enamel, make-up, gowns, towels and sterilising equipment to give candidates plenty of opportunity for practise and assessment.


This Course or its Units may provide progression to:

Arrangement documents

Subject: Beauty
Level: Higher
Code: C262 12
Edition: Version 1, February 2009
Downloads: SfW Health and Social Care Higher Course and Unit Specifications (289 KB)