NPA (National Progression Award) Beauty Massage

NPA (National Progression Award) Beauty Massage

This NPA is the only Beauty Massage National Progression Award at SCQF level 5 offered by an Awarding Organisation. This NPA compromises of 2 mandatory units at SCQF level 5 and 2 optional units at SCQF level 6. This qualification provides candidates with an introduction to essential massage skills and techniques, focusing particularly on Thai foot massage and/or Wellness therapies: Facial massage for salon skills.

With no formal entry qualification requirements this NPA is suitable for a wide range of candidates from school leavers to adult learners. It also allows for straightforward progression to further study in SVQ Level 2 in Beauty at SCQF level 6 and 7.

Assessment is made up of both open book written assignments and practical performance supported by assessor.

Why deliver this qualification

This qualification introduces candidates to aspects of massage in the Beauty industry which with further training could lead to a range of employment opportunities.  Candidates will develop knowledge skills and techniques in Massage techniques, Thai foot massage and/or Wellness therapies: Facial massage and salon skills: The essentials. 

Candidates will use various massage techniques on the back and back of legs, develop an understanding of the four elements of traditional Thai medicine and how the treatment works, and provide home/after care advice, be able to plan and perform a face, neck and shoulder massage using Wellness massage techniques and adapt it, and the products selected and used, to suit the client’s skin type and to improve level of Wellness.  Customer care that will involve communication with the client, develop consultation techniques, provide relevant client service and develop selling techniques. 

  • Assessment Support Packs (ASP) provided for all Units
  • Flexible delivery
  • Integration of assessment across Outcomes and Units
  • Links to National Occupational Standards
  • Prepare candidates to progress to further study at SCQF levels 6 and 7, SVQ Level 2 in Beauty.
  • Enable candidates to develop the basic skills required to seek employment at trainee level in the Beauty industry
  • No formal entry qualifications
  • Enable candidates to progress to workbased qualifications within the sector and the completion of National Occupational Standards.

No other Awarding Organisation is offering a National Progression Award at SCQF Level 5 Beauty Massage.  Assessment support packs are developed to exemplify the Award.

Who does this qualification suit

This award is suitable for a wide range of candidates and is suitable for: Post 16 School leavers; Adult returners who wish to gain entry into the Beauty industry; individuals who wish to gain an introduction to Beauty Massage skills, and candidates who wish to progress onto further awards but do not meet the entry requirements.

Access to this award is at the discretion of the centre.

Each unit of the award states that entry is at the discretion of the centre, however, it should be noted that some of these units can be delivered holistically e.g. Thai Foot Massage and Massage Techniques. This may assist centres in creating a logical timetable for delivering the Units which facilitate candidates to build the required knowledge and skills. The units are designed to encourage candidates to take responsibility for their own learning and work to specifications – this could include practical tasks and design tasks.


This qualification provides clear progression routes to other Beauty qualifications and provides relevant exit skills to enable a smooth transition to SVQ Level 2 Beauty and/or SCQF Level 5 or 6.

How to assess

Open book written assignments and practical performance supported by assessor observation checklists. Assessment Support Packs are available. If a centre designs its own assessments, these should be of a comparable standard.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

NPA Beauty Massage (GF7E45) Group Award Specification (516 KB)

Group Award codes:
SCQF Level: 5

Title Unit code SQA credit value SCQF level
Mandatory units
Massage Techniques   1 5
Salon Skills: The Essentials   1 5
Optional units (select one)
Thai Foot Massage FR0J 12 1 5
Wellness Therapies: Facial Massage FR0L 12 2 5

It is expected that successful completion of the new NPA in Beauty Massage at SCQF Level 5 may lead to employment in a trainee position in the Beauty industry. This is obviously not an award which is expected to take the student directly into full time employment as a fully qualified beauty therapist.