Beauty Therapy

Beauty Therapy

The Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) 1, 2 and 3 in Beauty Therapy at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 allow those working in this sector to demonstrate competence in their particular area of work and expertise.

These SVQs are based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set and published by HABIA, the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority Sector Skills Council. The standards provide an accurate and detailed definition of what candidates must know, understand and be able to do.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

Learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification, which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

The SVQ is offered in the workplace. As assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Learners can progress to a range of qualifications including HNC/HND in Beauty Therapy or HNC/HND in Complementary Therapies.

SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

Learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification, which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

The SVQ is offered in the workplace. As assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Learners can progress to a range of qualifications including HNC/HND in Beauty Therapy or HNC/HND in Complementary Therapies.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.

Progression

Candidates who successfully complete an SVQ in Beauty Therapy progress to:

  • SVQ level 1 In Beauty Therapy to SVQ level 2, 3 In Beauty Therapy
  • an HNC/HND in Beauty Therapy or HNC/HND in Complementary Therapies
  • degree-level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the beauty sector, perhaps as a beauty therapist

Approval

Centres interested in offering this qualification should come forward for approval and contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Assessment Strategy.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs.   For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

SVQ 1 in Beauty Therapy at SCQF level 4
Group Award Code: G9WN 21

SVQ 2 in Beauty Therapy at SCQF level 5
Group Award Code: G9XX 22

SVQ 3 Beauty Therapy at SCQF level 6
Group Award Code: G9XV 23

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Useful links

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