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Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up Level 3 Diploma at Epping Forest College

Course description

This exciting leading course is designed to bring out your creativity and flair for theatrical media make-up in readiness for a career in this competitive industry. Using demonstrations, the course introduces the techniques of fashion and photographic make-up, high definition airbrush make-up, body painting, prosthetic pieces and bald caps, postiches, camouflage make-up, hair- up techniques and dressing hair for various occasions. There will be the opportunity to practice skills on fellow students and the practical elements of the course are combined with the study of anatomy and physiology, health and safety and client care in beauty related industries.

During your course you will be involved in many events including educational visits, open events, promotional events both in the college and at external venues, charity events, client salon sessions, student and class led events. There will also be guest speakers and industry training opportunities, competitions and a fantastic end of year show.

Course content

  • ​Unit 301 - Working with colleagues within the beauty related industries
  • Unit 302 - Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Unit 316 - Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Unit 323 - Design and apply face and body art
  • Unit 324 - fashion and photographic make-up
  • Unit 327 - Apply airbrush make-up to the face
  • Unit 330 - Media make-up
  • Unit 340 - Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Unit 335 - Style and fit postiche
  • Unit 333 - Camouflage make-up

English & Maths is included as part of your study programme at EFC. All students will be working towards a GCSE Grade C in English Language & Maths alongside their chosen subject. If you’ve already achieved these grades, we will work with you to develop your literacy and numeracy skills further throughout the year.

You will have the opportunity to undertake relevant work experience throughout your programme. Your tutor will help you identify the employability skills you need to improve, and our dedicated work experience team will help find a placement that’s right for you.

Entry requirements

Pass at Level 2 Media Makeup or equivalent qualification.


On going assessment of your skills and industry standards through observations, assignments and online exams. final Practical observations of skills against set criteria.

Financial information

Material fee £33

You will need to purchase the following equipment for this course:

  • ​Uniform £52* (inc. tunic, trouser, name badge, fob watch)
  • L3 kit £250*
  • Text book £25.19*


*Additional £5 for home delivery

Future opportunities

There are lots of different options to continue your studies after level 3 qualifications. These include specialised vocational degrees , Honours Degrees (usually 3 year courses, although they may include a sandwich year on work placement).

It is very important to find out about all of your options after you have completed your course. Some careers will require specific qualifications and training for you to work in the sector, whereas other jobs and careers do not have a set training route.

You may also choose to apply for an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) or Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4/Foundation Degree). Information about apprenticeships can be found at the National Apprenticeship website - you can search and apply for apprenticeships there. You then complete ONE application form, which you can use to apply for any Apprenticeship. The entry requirements vary a lot, depending on the employer, the college and the Apprenticeship.Notgoingtouni has information about Higher Apprenticeships as well as vacancies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Epping Forest College directly.

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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    • With the perfect location, a breathtaking campus, and a range of high quality facilities, 
      Epping Forest College is the ideal venue to stage your event.

      The College is easily accessed by less then 10 minutes drive from both the M25 and M11 motorways.

      We’re also a 5 minute walk from the London Underground at Debden Station on the Central Line, 
      and we’re a 10 minute cab ride from Chingford Overground rail station.

      Once you arrive at the College there is a free car park with over 250 spaces, 
      as well as designated areas for coaches and other large vehicles.


      Once on site you can have access to our catering facilities (subject to agreement) and a range of rooms, 
      from our Theatre, with 264 retractable seats, to a standard classroom.

      We also have full IT support, and can offer rooms with either Macs or PCs running the latest industry-standard software.