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Title: Make-up

Pathway: Hair & Beauty

Available Study Options:
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Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

All new learners who are GCSE exempt will start on the Level 2 Technical  Pathway.

  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry: three GCSEs, grade 4 or above - including English and Maths.

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry

You will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them to practical tasks.

Core topics include:

  • Working in the make up industry
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Research, develop and showcase designs
  • The art of applying make up
  • Hair artistry
  • Creative make up artistry.

Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical Special Effects Hair & Media Make  

This qualification covers a very wide range of skills and knowledge required for working in the media make up industry.

Core areas include: 

  • Working in the film, TV and theatre industry
  • Create historical hair and make up looks
  • Media make up creative hair design
  • Fashion and photographic make up
  • The creation and presentation of a look book 
  • Applying body art
  • The art of applying hair colour
  • Avant-garde hair and make up
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Special effects make-up
  • Design and apply body art 

For learners who just fall short of the Level 2 GCSE entry requirements for the technical course, we can start them on a smaller level 2 beauty qualification which includes nails and make-up, or a Level 1 Introduction to Beauty Therapy through a Skills & Employability pathway. This qualification is a support role within a commercial beauty type environment and includes a variety of basic beauty skills such as facials, manicure & nail treatments and make up. This qualification will prepare learners for progression to Level 2 Beauty, Make Up and Nails.

Work Experience is an essential part of all full time study programmes. Learners will complete a minimum 35 hours' within an industry-linked environment per academic year/qualification.

 Uniform and kit required for ALL courses. Bursary available, subject to approval. 

How will I be assessed?

VRQ Qualifications are assessed continuously based on module completion.

You will be accessed through:

  • practical assessments on live models
  • online theory exam
  • verbal questions
  • creating face charts and look books.

All Technical Qualifications are graded (Pass, Merit and Distinction and Distinction*) with an external end point assessment (EPA). This includes:

  • Written theory paper
  • Practical examination.

Milestone assessment points will track learner progress in preparation for the EPA, and include written tests and assignments, spoken questioning, practical skills demonstrations and mock assessment.

  • For Level 3 qualifications, ALL grade levels carry UCAS points to support progression to HE.

What will this lead to?

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry is aimed at learners that are looking to start a career as a make up artist.  Learners can progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship, or further their studies by taking either of the Level 3 make up qualifications. Also available are other qualifications at Level 2, such as Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing to broaden their skills base and support employability.

Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Media Make Up and Hairdressing provides you with specialist practical skills and knowledge, which will help you to seek employment or progression within the Theatrical and Media Make up industry.

Employment can be found in the following areas:

  • Photoshoots
  • Photographic studios
  • Magazine and publication shoots
  • Department stores
  • Make up stores
  • Hair or beauty salons. 

Opportunities for freelance work or self-employment are unlimited for career-savvy, motivated individuals.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

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If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

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It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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