HND Beauty Therapy

This course is designed to give students a professional qualification recognised by the beauty industry. Students will develop skills in relation to a wide range of facial, body and complementary therapies. They will also gain in-depth product knowledge and be able to offer clients lifestyle advice. Other topics covered include make-up for special occasions and spa treatments. As part of the programme, students get the opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience through working in the College’s commercial salon.

Course content includes;

  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Beauty Therapy
  • Principles and Practice of Selling
  • Advanced Epilation
  • Product Knowledge
  • Eyelash Enhancements
  • Advanced Waxing
  • Lifestyle Advice for Clients
  • Contemporary Aesthetic Treatments
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Make-up for Special Occasions
  • Eyebrow Artistry
  • Stone Therapy
  • Face and Body Treatment Packages
  • Contemporary Spa Massage
  • Signature Massage
  • Nail Extensions
  • Spa Treatments
  • Graded Unit 1
  • Graded Unit 2
  • Work Placement

  • Employment as a Professional Beauty Therapist
  • Beauty salon work in the UK or abroad
  • Salon Manager
  • Work on passenger liners
  • Technical Representatives
  • Theatre work
  • Television
  • Health, leisure and spa clubs

  • Year 1 of a related degree course

One of the following:

  • NC Beauty Care (Level 6)
  • SVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy

Additional Requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 17 years of age
  • Selection will be by interview and a research task
  • Students will be required to purchase relevant items of equipment and clothing

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8