• Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Make-Up

    NPA Beauty Skills with Hairdressing (National 4)

  • Eligible Schools:

    All Ayrshire Schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Kilmarnock Campus Tuesday and Thursday 2pm-4pm

    Kilwinning Campus Monday and Wednesday 2pm-4pm

    Ayr Campus Monday and Wednesday 2pm-4pm

    Duration: 1 Year

Who is the Course for

This course will interest you if you enjoy using your creative ideas in a practical way. You should also like working with other people and discussing how best to produce the looks you want to achieve. You should be prepared to participate as a model for fellow students which will require you to remove any of your own make-up before class.

What is the Course About

The aim of this course is to give you the experience of a salon environment and the opportunity to learn about the different roles and responsibilities in Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing. You will gain practical experience of general salon duties including assisting with customer care. There is the opportunity to become involved in competitions to further develop your skills to competition level.

Hairdressing specific skills include shampooing, conditioning and drying hair.

Throughout the course emphasis is on the development of employability skills and attitudes valued by employers.

SQA Course Units:

  •  Beauty Skills: An Introduction
  •  Cosmetology: Make-up Artistry
  •  Creative Nail Finishes to Hand and Feet
  •  Hairdressing Practical Skills

What do I Need

There are no formal entrance requirements; however you will be interviewed to determine whether this is the right course for you. To get the best out of this course you should enjoy working in a creative environment and have a real interest in the Beauty and Hair Industry. You should also relish the challenge of getting to know new people and you must be able to commit to consistent, full attendance throughout the course.

How will I be Assessed

You will be assessed mainly on a range of practical activities carried out in a salon environment. You will also research and write up a project on a relevant topic such as nail finishes or make up.

Next Steps

This Course may provide you with opportunities to progress to:

  •  A Level 4 or 5 Beauty or Hairdressing course
  •  An SVQ 2 course in Nails

What do current students say

Love facials, make up hair and beauty together, one unit one day and another the next day.

I didn't realise that there was face painting and a hair unit.

There is quite a bit of written work which I didn't expect.

Start Date

10 Jun 2019




Start Date

10 Jun 2019




Start Date

10 Jun 2019




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