VRQ Level 1 Diploma in an
Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector (Beauty Route) Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4

The ideal starting point for those who want to work in the hair and beauty industry, specialising in beauty therapy.


Why take this course?

The course is aimed at those who are interested in an exciting and rewarding career in beauty therapy, and is perfect for those who are new to the subject and want to learn more about the sector.

Throughout the course you will develop your skills and understanding in a realistic salon environment.

What you will experience

You will learn basic techniques in make-up, skin and hand care, nail art, manicure and pedicure treatments. You will also learn skills and techniques for photographic make-up and creating a hair and beauty image, and complete Core Skills in Communication and Information Technology at INT 1.

The topics covered will ensure you have a firm grasp of health and safety, how to present a professional image in the salon and work effectively with others, and how to carry out reception duties.

Hairdressing student styling hair

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of three National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade General level qualifications, or appropriate life/work experience. Good communication and practical skills are required, with the ability to develop and learn essential skills.

All applicants should have a genuine interest in becoming a beauty therapist and a commitment to the profession.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase the designated kit, textbook(s) and uniform.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course(s) at North East Scotland College:


The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, which started in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.