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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Production Arts (Make Up) at The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus

Course description

This qualification is equivalent to an A Level.


BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Production Arts allows students to develop the core specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in production arts, required by the sector. The qualification provides learners with an element of sector specialism as part of their wider programme by developing a primary core of knowledge in the sector through distinctive mandatory content in each pathway. It also offers some opportunity for learners to focus their study on the aspects that will be of greatest value to them through a limited choice of optional units related to each pathway, such as production arts planning, mask making or scenic painting.


By studying a BTEC National, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. Learners can operate at a standard that can reasonably be expected of an 18 year old in fulltime education.


Course content

(6 units: 2 mandatory, 4 specialist make up)

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Production Arts (QCF)


Mandatory units Credit Levels

Unit 2: Production Arts Workshop

Unit 93: Make-up Application Skills and Creative uses in Performance.



Optional units (Make Up Specialist)

Unit 6: Production Arts Planning

Unit 86: Mask Making in the Performing Arts

Unit 87: Puppet Design

Unit 92: Make up for performers 

Unit 94: Full Body Make-up for performers

Unit 95: Special Effects Make-up

Unit 96: Make-up Using Prosthetics

Unit 97: Period Make-up for Performing Arts

Unit 98: Fantasy Hair Design for Performers

Unit 99: Period Hair Design and Wig Making for Performers

Unit 100: Hairstyling and Dressing for Performers

Unit 99: Period Hair design and Wig Making for Performers

Unit 100: Hairstyling and Dressing for Performers.

Entry requirements

Students applying for the Level 3 BTEC in Production Arts should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare a portfolio along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made. .


In a variety of ways including:

  1. Completion of live briefs
  2. Group and individual presentations
  3. Practical Assessments
  4. Creation of a portfolio

Financial information

You can get financial support to help you with your chosen College courses if you’re aged 16-19 and fit certain criteria.

Vulnerable Student Bursary

This is a bursary worth up to £1200, depending on your circumstances and benefits. You must be:

  • Under 19 at the start of the academic year you want a bursary for
  • Studying at a School or College, or an unpaid training course

AND at least 1 of the following applies:

  • You’re in, or recently have left, Local Authority case
  • You get Income Support of Universal Credit in your name
  • You’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP in your name.

If you’re a parent, you will also need to be living away from your own parents to qualify. You will get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks.

All applications will be treated with complete confidence.


Discretionary Bursary Fund


The Creative and Media Studio School also has a Discretionary Bursary Fund. The criteria for this fund is set by ourselves.

How can this help me?

This fund is for Students who are facing genuine financial barriers to participating in education. Its aim is to help with essentials and is not a cash payment, but a payment in kind for particular items needed. Typical ways this fund has been used by the Studio School includes

  • Bus passes to and from College, where the distance travelled justifies this
  • Specialist course equipment
  • Costs incurred for placements and business engagement opportunities
  • Transports and fees for course events/trips/university visits
  • Transports and fees for enrichment events offered, or arranged, by the Studio School which could benefit the student’s progression routes

As a Studio School we have a duty to ensure all funds are awarded fairly to students most in need, therefore, all applications cannot be guaranteed. We ask that all students are:

  • Are under 19 years at the start of the year the bursary is needed for
  • Have at least 90 % attendance
  • Are meeting expectations for good behaviour and progress
  • Are in receipt of Free School Meals

Students who received Free School Meals do not automatically receive them at Post 16. Applications to the Local Authority must be made by the parents. We urge parents to make an application for FSM if this was the case at High School OR if your family circumstances have changed recently. To apply for FSM, please contact Kirklees Local Authority on 01484 221928, stating that your child is on roll at the Creative and Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus and you would like to discuss FSM with the relevant department.

How to apply:

Application Forms to the Discretionary Bursary Fund can be collected from Angela Shufflebottom or the main NLC School Admin Office. Please fill in the form, ensuring you:

  • Meet the above eligibility criteria
  • Complete the application form answering all the questions in full – don’t forget to sign it
  • Attach the evidence as indicated on the application form (original evidence is required which will be photocopied and returned to you)

Ask your child to hand in the application form, with evidence, to Angela Shufflebottom or myself at the Studio School main office.

Notice for Parents: The Studio School provides students with their starter packs; however the course does require the ongoing purchasing of cosmetics. We do offer a bursary fund to support students on free school meals and for students experiencing unexpected hardship. Please speak to the course tutor

Future opportunities

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Production Arts (360 GLH) helps students to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the performing arts sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college.

The Creative and Media Studio School also works closely with the creative industries work placements.


Further information

Contact the Studio School, tel: 01484 221892 or email:

“New Specifications will be released for September 2018”


Please note: Whilst the C&MSS will do all we can to accommodate your course preferences, we have to ensure the course numbers are viable. Should a course not run due to low numbers in this option, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity. This is usually before the end of your GCSES so you have plenty time to reconsider your options.

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: 30 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01484382140
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Welcome to The Creative and Media Studio School

      Studying at the Creative and Media Studio School is unlike studying at any other high school in the country. Our students are able to learn through a mix of recognised academic and vocational subjects in a unique environment, where businesses and students work side by side. Some will go on to achieve vocational qualifications and get a great job, some will find themselves going to university and some will have the skills to set up their own business.

      Studio Schools have been specially designed to make this happen; this is a school unlike any other in the country. We have businesses and pupils working side by side and our new purpose-built £4.5m building will be one of the best learning facilities in the country, let alone Kirklees.

      The Creative & Media Studio School will not be an easy option, and academic excellence will run throughout our curriculum offer. Year 10/11 students will still follow the national curriculum and will gain the same key qualifications as a traditional school.

      What makes us different is not what is offered but how it is delivered. We are taking learning out of a traditional classroom setting, and teaching the curriculum through real-life enterprise themed projects in the school and the surrounding community.

      The brand new state of the art purpose built facility has been designed with the purpose of linking vocational excellence, academic growth and business and enterprise development. As a condition of this the building will have an array of the latest innovations in technology and design, this will support the academic growth and business imaginations of the next generation.