NPA Manicure and Pedicure

NPA Manicure and Pedicure

This NPA is the only Manicure and Pedicure Skills National Progression Award at SCQF level 5 offered by an Awarding Organisation. The NPA is made up of 1 unit at SCQF level 4 and 2 units at SCQF level 5. This qualification provides candidates with the key knowledge and skills required to complete nail a variety of finishes.

With no formal entry qualification requirements this NPA is suitable for a wide range of candidates from school leavers to adult learners who wish to gain entry into the beauty industry. 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 the basic principles of nail finishes and will develop application techniques using a variety of basic nail finishes which with further training could lead to a range of employment opportunities within the Beauty industry.
Candidates will develop knowledge about the structure of the skin, nails and common problems of the nail and foot and prepare for, and perform a manicure and pedicure.

  • No other Awarding Organisation is offering a National Progression Award at SCQF Level 5 Manicure and Pedicure Skills. Assessment support packs are developed to exemplify the Award.
  • 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.


Who does this qualification suit

This award is suitable for a wide range of candidates and is suitable for: School leavers; Adult returners who wish to gain entry into the Beauty industry; individuals who wish to gain an introduction to Manicure and Pedicure 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. Pedicure and Manicure. 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 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 Manicure and Pedicure Arrangements Document (494 KB)

SCQF level: 5

Title Unit code SQA credit value SCQF level
Creative Nail Finishes to Hand and Foot FW0D 10 1 4
Manicure F4C3 11 1 5
Pedicure   1 5

It is expected that successful completion of the new NPA in Manicure and Pedicure Skills 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.