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Hair and Media Make-up Level 2 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group, and will develop the knowledge and skills to prepare learners for employment as a junior hair and make-up artist. Learners will have their hairdressing and make-up artistry skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment.

As a student on this course a large proportion of your time will be spent in the College salons. This is where you will observe demonstrations and learn and develop the practical aspect of the course. You will work in a real salon environment, working on mannequins and clients.

 Separate theory input and tutorials will be taught in a classroom environment. 

Course content

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a hair and make-up artist including:

  • Practical skills - the art of dressing hair, photographic make-up, applying make-up, client care, health and safety and creating an image based on a theme.
  • Optional units may include - colouring hair using temporary colour, skin tanning, body art, cutting hair, themed face painting, eyelash and brow treatments and nail art. 
  • Related theory
  • Functional Skills/GCSE/Enterprise qualification
  • Competition work
  • Work experience in a vocational related area

Entry requirements

You will need to have four GCSEs at grade D (or above) or equivalent (which should ideally include English and Science). You may also apply for this course if you have obtained a Level 1 Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy qualification. You should also have good communication skills, an outgoing personality and the ability to work as part of a team. Entry for all students is subject to a successful interview.

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.


Continual assessment throughout the course/ written assignments/ online tests/ practical assessments are undertaken.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities as a junior hair and make-up artist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Commercial hair and beauty salons
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings 
  • Product manufacturing and training

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a junior hair and make-up artist, learners may choose to develop their skills further by undertaking Technical Level qualifications at Level 3, including:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make-Up 
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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