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Theatrical and Special Effects, Hair and Media Make Up C&G Diploma Level 3 at Hugh Baird College

Course description

This course will give you an advanced vocational qualification which focuses on the development of underlying principles and practical skills required in the creative hair and media makeup industry. The course will deliver a high level of occupational capability and provide a sound platform for creative hair and media makeup.

The programme also includes studying Maths and English towards GCSE grade A-C if you do not already have these grades.

Course content

  • Working in beauty related industries
  • Health and safety
  • Media makeup
  • Applying airbrush makeup to the face
  • Apply Face and Body art
  • Fashion and Photographic makeup
  • Creative hair design
  • Style and Fit Postiche
  • Create and cast small prosthetic pieces

Entry requirements

In order to qualify for this course, you will need:

  • Creative Hair and Media Make Up Artistry - Level 2 at Merit level or above


  • Women's and Men's Hairdressing Level 2 at Merit level or above


  • Beauty / Spa Therapy - Level 2 at Merit level or above

GCSE Maths and English at grade A*- C are desirable but not essential.

Entry to all courses are subject to a successful interview, a satisfactory reference from your school or employer and evidence that you will be a committed student.

Financial information

16 - 18 Years: Free

You will need to provide your own work wear. All students will be expected to wear a tunic top and smart black trousers and a full shoe. All students will be expected to have a smart, professional appearance to meet the needs of the industry.

We may be able to help you with the cost of kit and tunic depending on individual circumstances. Please speak to The POD Student Services for more information.

Future opportunities

  • Make Up Artist
  • Theatrical and Special Effects Make Up Artist
  • Salon Manager
  • Film/Media Industry Consultant

Further information

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hugh Baird College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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    • By train

      The Merseyrail Bootle Oriel Road station is only a two minute walk from the College campus. This station is on the Northern Line and offers easy access to the College from Liverpool, Crosby, Formby, Southport and other areas.

      By car

      Satellite navigation systems (Satnav) – please enter our postcode L20 7EW.

      The closest motorway junctions are the M58 1a/ M57 Junction 7 – 3.7 miles (6km). Then follow the A59 towards Liverpool for approximately ten minutes, turning right onto the A5058 at the first roundabout, which leads onto Balliol Road.

      By bus

      Students can also travel to College on regular bus services from Southport, Formby, Crosby, Old Roan, Maghull, Litherland, Netherton, Litherland, Queens Drive and Liverpool City Centre. 

      • From Southport: 47, 48, 48a, 300
      • From Formby and Southport: 47, 48, 48a
      • From Crosby: 47, 48, 48a, 54, 62, 62a, 62b
      • From Old Roan and Maghull: 55, 300
      • From Litherland: 53, 53a, 55, 59
      • From Netherton: 52, 52a, 58, 59
      • From Queens Drive: 60, 81
      • From Liverpool City Centre: 47, 48, 52, 52a, 53, 53a, 54, 55, 55d, 155, 300