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 study this qualification

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.

Employment and progression

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

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)

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