City & Guilds Level 1 Units (SCQF Level 4)


1 year


Options Available


  • Hair, Beauty & Complementary Therapies


  • Options Available

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:

  • Presenting a Professional Image in the Salon
  • Skin Care
  • Hand Care
  • Basic make-up application
  • Nail art

Some of the topics you will learn about include personal presentation, customer care, skin analysis, facials and basic makeup; hand care treatments, basic manicure skills and nail art.

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 timekeeping 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 course, 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 course you will receive a City & Guilds Certificate for the units achieved.