NC Beauty Care and Make-up, NC Beauty Care, NC Make-up Artistry

The National Certificates (NCs) at SCQF levels 5 and 6 in Beauty Care and Make-up, Beauty Care, and Make-up Artistry, are designed to equip candidates with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for further study or to gain employment at a junior level. The NCs develop basic skills and focus on practical activities carried out in a realistic work environment. Candidates can go on to build on these skills through employment and, whilst in employment, continue to study with SVQs.

These NCs are widely available in colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

These NCs allow cost effective delivery for centres. They are designed to be completed in one academic year when delivered on a full-time basis. The majority of the programmes are practical based and should be delivered in a realistic environment.

Learning is at a pace and level that is beneficial to the individual candidate and each of the NCs opens up the possibility of continued study.

Candidates have the opportunity to sample Units from different pathways. The Skills for Work in Beauty at SCQF level 6 is embedded in the NC Beauty Care at SCQF level 6.

The NCs are mapped to the National Occupational Standards and are nationally recognised awards.

Who does this qualification suit

The NCs have been designed to meet the needs of the following groups:

  • school leavers
  • progression candidates
  • adults returning to education
  • individuals who wish to start a new career

Successful candidates will be in a better position for a career in the sector.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, it would be an advantage to hold the NPA in Cosmetology at SCQF level 4. A genuine interest in beauty care and make-up is desirable.


Candidates could progress to:

  • SCQF level 6 NCs from level 5
  • Skills for Work Beauty Higher
  • HNC/HND Beauty Therapy
  • HNC Fashion Make-up
  • HND Make-up Artistry
  • SVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy
  • SVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy: Make-up
  • SVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy
  • SVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy: Make-Up


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.

How to assess

Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) are available for selected Units and can be found on SQA’s secure website.

Formative e-assessments have been developed for the following Units and can be downloaded from:

  • Selling Skills (D0SF 10)
  • Skills for Customer Care (F38X 11)

Qualification content and delivery tools

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Beauty Care and Make-up

Group Award code: G92F 45
SCQF level: 5 (72 SCQF credit points)

Beauty Care

Group Award code: G9K2 46
SCQF level: 6 (72 SCQF credit points)

Make-up Artistry

Group Award code: G9K4 46
SCQF level: 6 (72 SCQF credit points)

Mandatory Units introduce the basic skills while optional Units allow some specialisation which could lead to progression to specific qualifications.


NC Beauty Care and Make-up

Candidates must achieve seven mandatory Units (42 SCQF credit points) and five optional Units (30 SCQF credit points).

Mandatory Units

Applying Practical Skills (F4BY 11)
Selling Skills (D0SF 10)
Facial Skin Care (F4P5 11)
Day Make-up and Basic Corrective Make-up (F4C0 11)
Manicure (F4C3 11)
Bridal and Evening Make-up (F4BW 11)
Hair, Beauty and Make-up: Portfolio Presentation (F4C7 11)

Optional Units

Setting and Styling Techniques for Media (F4P0 11)
Face Painting (F4C1 11)
Nail Art: Freehand (F4P3 11)
Postiche Application and Styling: An Introduction (F4C6 11)
Beauty and Make-up: Drawing and Colouring Design Skills (F4P2 11)
Hair, Beauty and Make-up: Competition Technical Skills (F4BV 11)
Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage (F4P4 11)
Artificial Nail Enhancement: Tips and Overlays (F4NT 11)
Waxing Treatments: Legs and Underarms (F4CA 11)
Hair, Beauty and Make-up: Personal Care and Appearance (F4C5 11)
Reception Duties and Skills (F4P1 11)
Skills for Customer Care (F38X 11
Work Experience (D36H 11)
Working with Others (D01F 11) or Working with Others (F3GE 11)

NC Beauty Care

Candidates must achieve seven mandatory Units (48 SCQF credit points) and four optional Units (24 SCQF credit points).

Mandatory Units

Beauty: Facial Techniques (F5AY 12)
Beauty: Facial Treatment Packages (F5BI 12)
Beauty: Nail Finishes (F5B2 12)        
Beauty: Creative Current Make-Up Trends (F5B3 12)         
Beauty Therapy: Depilation (DN6G 12)        
Body Massage (DN6C 33)    
Commercial Experience (F78V 12)  

Optional Units

Eye Enhancements (F6XF 12)
Manicure and Pedicure (F86XG 12)
Scalp, Neck and Shoulder Massage (F6XE 12)
Acrylic Nails (F6XH 12)
Gel Nails (F6XJ 12)
Face and Body Electrotherapy: An Introduction (F6XK 12) 
Beauty Therapy: Face and Body Electrotherapy (DN80 33)
Research Skills (D669 12)
Digital Imaging (D7YF 12)

NC Make-Up Artistry

Candidates must achieve six mandatory Units (54 SCQF credit points) and three optional Units (18 SCQF credit points).

Mandatory Units

Wigs and Postiche for Media (F78J 12)
Media Make-up: Special Effects (F78K 12)
Character Make-up for TV and Theatre (F78L 12)
Style Dress and Finish Hair (F78T 12)
Commercial Experience (F78V 12)
Styling for a Total Look (F78W 12)

Optional Units

Body Painting (F78M 12)       
Fantasy Make-up and Hair (F78N 12)          
Beauty: Creative Current Make-Up Trends (F5B3 12)         
Scalp, Neck and Shoulder Massage (F6XE 12)       
Research Skills (D669 12)     
Digital Imaging (D7YF 12)     

Other information

Units from the NC qualifications may be delivered as individual Units or clustered for delivery as an evening class programme.

Arrangements Documents


Course Overview and Skills Development Summary

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Qualification Verification Summary Reports were formerly known as Internal Assessment Reports.