City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate (SCQF Level 4)

Mode of Study

  • School Links


  • Hair, Beauty & Complementary Therapies

Why take this course?

Beauty therapy is a well-established industry with a number of qualifications available, including Vocational Related Qualifications (VRQs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs).

By completing this course you will develop essential transferrable skills that are required for working in the service industries. You will also develop specific beauty therapy skills which will give you the opportunity to undertake further training and qualifications after leaving school, or to pursue employment opportunities. During the course you will:

  • Build a broad base of knowledge, skills and understanding related to the beauty therapy industry;
  • Develop an awareness of health and safety issues relevant to a range of activities;
  • Develop your communication and customer care skills
  • Develop your interpersonal skills;
  • Build technical knowledge and skills in relation to working within the industry;
  • Develop good practice in maintaining a tidy and safe work environment;
  • Prepare for further learning, training and employment opportunities in the beauty therapy sector.

What you will experience

The course is made up of the following five units:

  • Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector
  • Presenting a Professional Image in the Salon
  • Skin Care
  • Hand Care
  • Create an Image Using Colour for the Hair and Beauty Sector

Some of the topics you will learn about include personal presentation, customer care, skin analysis, facials,  hand care treatments and basic manicure skills.You will experience a variety of learning methods and activities, which will include classroom-based theory lessons, and hands-on practical salon experience. You will be taught in salons and classrooms at College.

Throughout the course you will be offered an opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing. You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Good time keeping skills;
  • A willingness to learn;
  • A knowledge of appropriate dress;
  • An ability to work independently;
  • Planning and preparation skills;
  • Customer Care;
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others;
  • Problem solving skills.

To achieve the full qualification, you must attend regularly and successfully complete all units. Assessments will be based on a range of practical activities (in real or simulated settings) and assessors will observe you as you undertake each activity. You will also complete some research tasks, and short written assessments.

Please note that some assessments may require you to bring along a client aged 16 or over.  On successful completion of the full group award you will receive a City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector.