Beauty Therapy HNC

UCAS code 113B

What is special about this course?

The HNC Beauty Therapy will enable you to develop the skills and competencies required in the professional practice of beauty therapy.

You will learn advanced therapy skills and management skills, and develop the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of therapy treatments.

You may also have the opportunity to participate in local events with students from other university campuses.

Special features

  • You will benefit from direct contact with clients throughout your studies
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A Level at grade D or above
  • Preferably in English or a science related subject, plus
  • 3 National 5 qualifications or 3 Standard Grades 1, 2 or 3, or an SCQF Level 6 programme, or equivalent
  • Alternatively, NC Beauty Care, or SVQ3 Beauty Therapy
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

  • NC Beauty Care or SVQ L3 Beauty Therapy

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Beauty therapy: applied anatomy and physiology
  • Beauty therapy: face and body treatment packages
  • Beauty therapy: professional salon skills
  • Beauty therapy: graded unit 1

Optional subjects may include:

  • Beauty therapy: depilation
  • Beauty therapy: face and body electrotherapy
  • Beauty therapy: facial therapy treatments
  • Beauty therapy: hand, foot and nail therapies
  • Body massage treatments
  • Beauty therapy: contemporary aesthetic treatments
  • Beauty therapy: make up skills
  • Traditional head massage
  • Signature massage
  • Liquid and powder nail enhancements
  • Light curing gel nail enhancements
  • Eyelash enhancements
  • Eyebrow artistry
  • Spa treatments
  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Remedial massage
  • Beauty therapy: electrical epilation
  • Work placement

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements will be introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. Some theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part- time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion you will have the skills needed to work in beauty therapy in salons, hotels, cruise ships and other venues. 

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Beauty Therapy.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.