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Hair and Beauty - Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make-up at Wakefield College

Course description

This programme offers an exciting opportunity to develop your skills in make-up artistry with a variety of modules, that cover areas that are relevant across the industry. Also an exciting range of additional activities including industry work experience, visits to make-up artist exhibitions, an annual College competition and possibly external competitions.

Course content

Monitor and Maintain Health & Safety Practice in the Salon
Camouflage Make-up.
Photographic Make-up.
Media Make-up.
Apply Airbrush Make-up
Cosmetic make-up science
Style and fit postiche
Anatomy and physiology for make-up services
False eyelash application

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4).  This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

How you will learn

There is a period of skill training for the practical areas, observation of demonstration followed by an opportunity to practise these skills.  Taught theory lessons consist of group discussions, lectures and subject research. You will be required to carry out work experience in a salon for 1 day per week.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4) including English and Maths
4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4)
Level 2 Functional Skills in either English or Maths, and
Grade D (new grade 3) or Level 1 Functional Skills in the other

Level 2 Beauty Therapy or Level 2 Hairdressing


You will need to produce a portfolio. You will have graded practical assessments which will make up 50% of your course, external examinations which will make up 30% and a graded synoptic final practical assessment which will make up the remaining 20% of the course. You will also be required to produce a portfolio of evidence.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.


Future opportunities

Further study

You may wish to progress into Level 4 salon management or other areas within beauty therapy, sports therapy or hairdressing industries, or into Higher Education within similar fields.

Career opportunities

This qualification may lead directly into employment as a make-up artist working in health care (camouflage make-up), retail or beauty consultancy, beauty salons, or the fashion, photographic or media sectors.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111 or please contact Sara Greatorex on 01924 789424

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 June 2018
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.