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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 odules 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.


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 assessements.

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.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

The course subjects are divided into units. Each unit will have a written assignment and several practical assessments (which also have written evidence to support the practical work). There are some units that will have online tests.

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. We work with a professional photographer for some unit assessments, this will be a additional cost, Learners will be made aware of when the shoots will happen and the pricing of these in advance of the photoshoot day. Learners will receive a USB of edited images and an A4 print of their favorite photo to build a professional portfolio. We have guest speakers, as well as successful past students now working in the industry come in to visit the students throughout the course. You will also have the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions such as the AHT Hair and Make-up Awards.

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress to Level 3 Hair and Media Make-up or to another course in the department (Hair or Beauty) Level 2 or 3 (course requirements and interview depending) then onto 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.

Course Content

You will study a range of units including:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
  • Apply make-up
  • The art of photographic make-up
  • The art of hair dressing
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
  • Anatomy and physiology for make-up artists
  • Total look for competiton work
  • Themed face painting
  • Body art design
  • Nail art application
  • Eye treatments
  • The art of colouring hair
  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Shampooing and Conditioning
  • Plaiting and twisting hair


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