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Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up Level 3 Diploma at North Hertfordshire College

Course description

Our hair, beauty and holistic therapy courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands-on experience of the world of work, including:

  • Work experience with businesses like Champney’s, Dermalogica, Aqua-Sana, Centre Parcs and Wella.
  • The opportunity to help run Hart Salon, working with real, paying customers
  • Visits to businesses and major events such as Salon International, Pro Hair Live, Baber UK, Victoria & Albert Museum and  Professional Beauty Show
  • Workshops including hair extension workshops, Wella London workshop, The Henna Mehadi workshop and Stone Therapy workshop.

Theatrical and media make-up: on our courses, you’ll learn the basics of character make-up, special effects and media make-up, hairdressing techniques for media make-up, wigs, postiche, prosthetics, bald caps and the application of airbrush, camouflage, media, fashion and photographic make-up.

Course content

Through this course you’ll learn about:

  • Health and safety, client care and communication
  • Airbrush, camouflage and media make-up
  • Styling and fitting postiche
  • Applying prosthetic pieces, face and body art.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade C or above including maths and English; or, four GSCEs at grade C or above, plus functional skills level 2 maths and English; or,
  • A level 2 qualification in a relevant subject area, passed with a merit or distinction grade – plus maths and English GCSE grade D or above, or functional skills level 2 maths and English
  • A makeup and hair portfolio demonstrating interest and practical ability.


This course is assessed through assignments, projects and practical tests. You’ll also sit exams if you’re doing maths or English GCSE or functional skills.

Financial information

Price on application.

There are no tuition fees for students aged 16-18 years.

This programme is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans.

Possible charges for any trips or visits offered during the year will be independent of the tuition fees or any other student finance.

Financial help may be available for these costs, please contact Student Services for more information.

Future opportunities

Having successfully completed this course, you’ll be able to progress to:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Paid employment in the sector.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Hertfordshire College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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    • The Hitchin Centre is a large and vibrant campus in the heart of Hitchin, home to a number of commercial enterprises run by North Hertfordshire College.

      At the Hitchin Centre, you will find the newly refurbished Students’ Union Building, The SUB, as well as NHC’s sports centre, our 3G sports pitch, hair and beauty salons and the music academy.

      In addition, the Hitchin Centre houses the Enterprise Centre and Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. The Enterprise Centre is a purpose built facility to assist students with their entrepreneurial learning, consisting of a computer area, meeting space and development areas.