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Hair and Media Make-up VTCT Diploma Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to build a career as a make-up artist. This course consists of both hair and make-up modules including: make- up applications, hair preparation services, dressing and finishing hair, face and body art painting. You will have the opportunity to complete work for various competitions locally and nationally which have seen previous students take home numerous awards for their amazing designs. You will gain work experience in either a hairdressing salon or as a Make-up Artist.

You will have regular visits from industry professionals throughout the course such as visits from Kryolan London with the opportunity to visit their training salon in London, UK body painters and special effects experts as well as past students now working in the industry. You will also have the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions such as the AHT Hair and Make Up Awards, and showcase your skills in our annual Hair and Fashion Show.

This course is approximately 30% theory and 70% practical.

Unit Information:

You will study a range of units including:

  • The art of hair dressing
  • The art of photographic make-up
  • Apply make-up
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
  • Follow health and safety practice in the salon
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector

Mandatory assessments:

  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Make –up applications
  • Hair preparation services
  • Continuity planning for make-up services
  • Dress and finish hair services
  • Anatomy and physiology for make-up artists
  • Total look for competition work
  • Face and body art painting
  • Nail art
  • Eye Treatments


What Does The Programme Include

There will be a lot of underpinning written work to begin with. Each unit will have at least one written assignment and several practical assessments. You will be required to source your own extensive work experience of 30 hours in a hair placement and 30 hours in voluntary make-up to be completed on evenings and weekends. A late night may be required of which you will need to organise your own transport.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grades 3/​D or above, including English, maths and science. It is desirable that you have a GCSE in Art, Fashion or Textiles, or currently hold a Beauty or Hairdressing Level 2 qualification.

Additional Information

You will need to purchase a college kit and uniform through the college. You will add to the kit throughout the year and are also expected to source clients for practical learning and gain relevant work experience.

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress to university to study a Media Make-up or Special Effects Make- up degree. You could also enter employment in theatres, TV studios, cosmetic counters and on cruise ships.


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