Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

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16-18 Free
19-24 £1,673 p/ year
24+ £1,673 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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This course is aimed at learners who wish to pursue a career as an employed or self-employed hair and make-up artist. Through this qualification, you will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to plan for and deliver make-up applications, hair styling and presentation, fashion and editorial make-up, and face and body painting. You'll also develop your knowledge of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. You will build your ability to ensure consistency in your make-up application and hair services, whilst improving your confidence to produce a total look for competition work. In parallel, you'll improve your communication and customer service skills, your awareness of sustainability issues, and your commercial skills ? all of which are highly valued by employers. Throughout the course there'll be opportunities for problem solving, team working and developing research skills.

You will achieve a qualification accredited by the awarding body VTCT and also add to your CV by gaining certificates from enrichment workshops delivered by external companies popular in the hair and beauty industry. You will also study functional skills or GCSEs in English and maths.

Aims of the course

To introduce you to a range of professional skills and the underpinning knowledge you need to enter into this exciting industry.

Unit Breakdown

Unit breakdown Indicate which units are optional This year-long qualification covers: ? The Art of dressing hair. ? The Art of photographic Make up. ? Make up applications. ? Client care and communication. ? Health & safety. ? Create an Image/Theme. ? Skin tanning techniques. ? Nail and body art. ? Improving the appearance of the eyes (tints and lashes). ? Themed face painting. ? Making and styling hair additions. You will also study functional skills or GCSE in English and maths. You will have a personal tutor to guide and support you through the course. A weekly tutorial allows you and your tutor to develop individual learning plans that will assist in learning and in developing responsibility for your own learning.

Assessment Method

There are three methods of assessment: practical observation (where you demonstrate your skills on clients), oral (where you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skills); written (where you carry out independent research and complete an assignment and online exams). During the course you will build an e-portfolio of work, and you'll receive training on how to use the latest technology to manage this. The programme is unit based, and you will be assessed when you feel you are competent.

If you are under 19, regular reports on your progress will be provided to you parents/guardians.

Progression Opportunities

While the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, you could also decide to specialise by taking a level 3 qualification such as Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-up, or Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up studies.

Career Options

You may choose to specialise in theatre, film, print media or photographic studio work, become employed in product manufacturing and training or a make-up counter role, or work in an independent/self-employed/mobile/home based setting.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements:

  • Four GCSEs (must include English) at grade A*-D/9-3

You will meet with staff to discuss if this course is suitable for you and we'll ask you to complete a free writing task to demonstrate an appropriate level of English ability.


Practical skills are delivered by experienced industry experts using industry-recognised tools and products in our fully equipped salon. Our skilled teaching staff will utilise technology such as iPads and television viewing screens to support practical learning, enabling you to view demonstrations and close-up shots as many times as you need to during your practice. You will be able to gain realistic experience working on clients at our T'ien salon on campus. There will also be opportunities to venture out on educational visits and participate in professional training and workshops offered by external companies, as well as competition work.

In order to attend this course and achieve your qualification, you will be required to purchase uniform and a special kit. Further information on this will be provided at your interview. You may be eligible for assistance with equipment expenses (as well as for travel, books and childcare) ? for further information, please contact our Student Services Team on 020 3757 3000.

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Standard College Application

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