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VRQ Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up - Level 3 at South Thames College

Course description

This intensive course will enable you to develop the essential skills needed for a career in specialist make-up and hair.

We have plenty of professional suppliers delivering in-house, bespoke training on latest products and equipment, like PAM and Mistair. This is boosted by employers and salon owners giving demonstrations and talks on making it in the sector. You'll get plenty of work experience in our commercial salon and we also run trade tests for employers, in fact many of our previous students have moved to full-time and part-time work after this.

Our students have done plenty of work outside the College providing onsite make-up styling and last year this included Heathrow, fashion shows and major cosmetic houses. It's a great way to improve your customer experience training and boost your practical skills. You should expect to be a part of this CV-improving work.

We run several internal competitions including the London Masters where we invite other London colleges in so that you compete against your peers - the judges are normally employers and industry specialists. There are also local and national competitions that you'll get involved with, including the prestigious WorldSkills which our students have entered several years in a row. It's a great way to learn and to be exposed to new experiences.

With our masterclasses throughout the year, you'll have the chance to build your skills and experience on top of your normal classes. This is your chance to pick up all the latest salon trends and make sure you're work-ready when you graduate.

Course content

As well as daytime lessons you'll need to come into College one evening a week or on a Saturday. You'll study the following subjects:

  • Media and special effects make-up
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Fashion and photo make-up
  • Prosthetics
  • Creative and avant-garde hair styling
  • Air brush make-up
  • Face and body art, including henna and body tattoos
  • Fantasy hair designs.

Entry requirements

A relevant Level 2 vocational diploma at least at merit with appropriate levels of English and maths. Alternatively four GCSEs grades A*-C including English, and maths at A*-D, plus substantial industry experience in hairdressing or make-up.


Continuous assessment of your practical skills when you work on clients. There may be some written assignments and online tests. You'll also build a portfolio of your work.

Future opportunities

You could go on to short courses in media make-up or a HND in specialist make-up and hair. Alternatively you could go into employment in hair salons, as a makeover demonstrator, or in TV or media as a trainee make-up artist.

Further information

Like all colleges, we provide specialist kits for hair and beauty courses so that you can work with them on your courses and use outside the College to give you more chance to practise and grow your skills. Depending on your circumstances, the cost varies and this will be assessed when you join the course. Our College discount means you can get high-quality products at reduced rates from our suppliers when you've successfully completed your course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2015
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