Beauty Therapy HND

UCAS code 013B
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in improving the wellbeing of others, the HND Beauty Therapy will help you achieve your ambitions to work in the beauty industry.

You will gain the necessary skills and experience to succeed in the field of beauty therapy, both nationally and internationally.

You may also have the opportunity to participate in the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival with students from other UHI campuses. 

Special features

  • You will undertake a work placement as part of your course
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above or
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Preferably in English or a science related subject, plus
  • 3 Standard Grades with a 1, 2 or 3 for a level 6 programme
  • Entry to year 2 may be possible with an HNC Beauty Therapy
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Access routes

HNC Beauty Therapy may allow direct access to year two of the HND.

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

•Anatomy and physiology for beauty and complementary therapists
•Management and practices of body therapies
•Management and practices of facial therapies
•Employment experience 1
•Beauty therapy: graded unit 1

Optional subjects may include:
•Principles and Practices of Selling
•Body Massage
•Beauty Therapy: Contemporary Aesthetic Treatments
•Beauty Therapy: Depilation
•Beauty Therapy: Electrical Epilation
•Beauty Therapy: Facial Treatments
•Beauty Therapy: Product Knowledge
•Spa Treatments 1
•Lifestyle Advice for Clients
•Beauty Therapy: Hand and Foot Therapy
•Beauty Therapy: Face and Body Electrotherapy

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

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Employment Experience 2
  • Preparing and Presenting a Business Plan
  • Principles and Practices of Selling
  • Beauty Therapy: Contemporary Electrotherapy
  • Beauty Therapy: Product Knowledge
  • Beauty Therapy: Electro-Cosmetic Therapy
  • Beauty Therapy: Graded Unit 2

Optional subject may include:

  • Indian Head Massage
  • Beauty Therapy: Make-up
  • Beauty Therapy: Nail Extensions
  • Stone Therapy 
  • Make Up for Special Occasions 

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

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom and practical exercise in a salon environment

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part time: 4 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18*
Full-time per year
£1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86 £86

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government.  The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434 £434

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434 £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

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 completion of your HND Beauty Therapy you might want to find work in salons, hotels, cruise ships or self employment

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say:

The course has really helped me understand the fundamentals of beauty therapy and learn new skills that can be applied straight into a job. I have also gained employability skills; understanding of the beauty sector and created new friendships.

Mhairi Cook, HND Beauty Therapy student based at our Perth College UHI campus.

Apply for Beauty Therapy HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.

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