Beauty Therapy SCQF level 5 and level 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Beauty Therapy at SCQF level 5 and SVQ Beauty Therapy at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

Beauty Therapy at SCQF level 5 - covers areas including proving facial skin care, eyebrows and eyelashes techniques, waxing services, makeup and manicure and pedicure services.

Beauty Therapy at SCQF level 6 - covers areas including contributing to the planning and implementation and evaluation of promotional activities, body massage treatments, facial electrical treatments, and body electrical treatments.

Thses qualifications have been designed in partnership with Skillsactive , HABIA and Sector Skills Council to ensure relevance to the sector.

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

These qualifications are available through colleges, employers and training providers.

Qualification Status Approval (Skills Active/Habia)

On Wednesday 5 May 2021, the SQA Accreditation Co-ordination Group (ACG) agreed to approve and note the proposed assessment arrangements for the attached qualifications as detailed in SVQ Habia Statement Temporary Adaptations/Mitigations and Supplementary Guidance (335 KB).

Adaptation required – qualifications which have been identified as requiring a change to the current approved assessment methodologies/requirements to allow delivery and/or assessment.

ACG noted the SVQ Habia Statement (and adaptations) as temporary until 30 June 2022 and will be kept under review.

Why deliver this qualification

Successful candidates 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.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace, which minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)

Beauty Therapy level 5 - Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including SVQ Beauty Therapy at SCQF 6 or SVQ Spa and Massage Therapy at SCQF 6.

Beauty Therapy level 6 - Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications including HNC Beauty Therapy or HND Beauty Therapy.

Who does this qualification suit

Suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


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.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.


The level 5 award could progress to:

  • an HNC in Beauty Therapy or a related area
  • an SVQ in Beauty Therapy  at SCQF level 6
  • employment in the Beauty Therapy sector, perhaps as a Junior Therapist

The level 6 award could progress to:

  • an HNC/HND in Beauty Therapy or a related area
  • employment in the Beauty Therapy sector, perhaps as a Therapist


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.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ Beauty Therapy at SCQF level 5 consists of 8 mandatory Units and 1 optional Units.

Group Award Code: GL6Y 22 (27 KB)

The SVQ Beauty Therapy at SCQF level 6 consists of 4 mandatory Units and 3 optional Units.

Group Award Code: GL7123 (28 KB)

National Occupational Standards

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

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

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Core Skills signposting (52 KB)

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material