Beauty make up (11)
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 years

HND Beauty Therapy runs over two years and is designed to provide you with knowledge of current beauty treatments. This is a well-established, recognised qualification understood and well-respected by employers in the occupational area.

The successful completion of Year 1 of this course will allow the college to award you a HNC certificate, if you opt not to complete the full diploma.

What will I learn?

Year 1 will allow you to enhance good manual skills, an introduction to salon equipment and have the ability to carry out all standard treatments in beauty therapy.

In year 2, you will focus on developing competence in the use of advanced facial techniques such as cosmetic peels and skin needling, advanced massage techniques and spa treatments.

  • Face and Body Treatment Packages
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Advanced Facial and Body Techniques
  • Promotional and Selling Skills
  • Product Knowledge
  • Lifestyle Advice for Clients
  • Signature Massage Techniques
  • Beauty Therapy: Graded Unit 1
  • Beauty Therapy: Graded Unit 2
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Eyebrow Artistry
  • Plus a further range of HND Beauty Therapy units.

Employer and industry links

Opportunities are available for external industrial training from prestigious brands such as Ishga and Thalgo face and body skincare and Gerrards Mii Make-up.

Work experience opportunities are available within esteemed Spas such as The Carrick at Cameron House, the Blythswood Spa, Glasgow and Beauty with a Conscience on Battlefield Road, adjacent to the Langside Campus.

Articulation Routes

  • BSc (Hons) Integrative Health Care accredited by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

Jobs and further study

Employment within the beauty industry, spas, cruise ships, teaching or training.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Aged 16 years or over before course start date AND
  • NC/NQ Level 6 Beauty Care or
  • SVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy or
  • Access to Higher National Beauty Therapy.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

Stage 1: Information Session

You will be invited to attend a 2-hour information session, which covers:

  • course content
  • interview
  • department tour.

You are required to bring:

  • photocopied proof of qualifications held or pending (for example if still studying Level 6 Beauty Care).

Only applicants who bring these items will move on to next stage.

Stage 2: Interview and Written Test Session

You will to attend a 3-hour session consisting of:

  • written test (as required)
  • interview

Only those applicants who achieve the minimum test score and are successful at interview will be offered a place.


Successful applicants will be offered:

  • a conditional place (if awaiting qualifications) or
  • an unconditional place.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example student funding, joining instructions, induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6027