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Level 2 Diploma Make-up Specialist at University College Birmingham

Course description

You will learn skills required for a career in the cosmetic and make-up industry. Training takes place in our modern, well-equipped salons and you will benefit from hands-on, practical experience under the guidance of experts.

The course will give you a thorough understanding of the industry, including areas such as make-up application, the art of photographic make-up and client care.

Alongside training in our superb training/commercial studios, you will also gain additional experience on placements. Opportunities are available with salons and spas, theatre production, face-painting in schools.

Course content

Modules include:

  • Facial Skincare
  • The Art of Photographic Make-up
  • Applying Make-up
  • Instruction on Make-up Application
  • Client Care and Communication in Beauty-related Industries
  • Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Eyelash and Brow Treatments
  • Skin Tanning Techniques
  • Body Art Design
  • Nail Art
  • Retail Knowledge

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade d/grade 3 or above plus a good school report or reference.

Applicants are also required to attend an interview.


There are practical assessments, assignments and some written assessment papers in addition to training in a realistic working environment.

Financial information

Tuition Fees

If you are 16-18 you will not have to pay tuition fees.

Uniform and Equipment

This course requires the purchase of some uniform and equipment. You will be informed of the cost and how to order prior to the start of your course. Order forms will be included in your enrolment pack (usually available in May/June). Some students may be able to get financial assistance through the Learner Support Fund (see information below).

Educational Visits

You may be required to pay for some educational visits or trips.

Learner Support Fund

The Learner Support Fund is available to assist students with course related costs such as essential uniform, equipment and travel. The fund is available to students who have a total household income of less than £30,810 per year (figure correct as at September 2016). A non-refundable contribution of £50 is required.

Discretionary Bursary

The Discretionary Bursary is for learners aged between 16 and 18 who have a household income of less than £20,817 per year (figure correct as at September 2016). Bursary payments will be made every Friday subject to 100% attendance. Learners in receipt of out of work benefits, work more than 24 hours per week or are over the threshold are not eligible.

Mandatory Bursary

The Mandatory Bursary Scheme is paid to students aged 16-18 who fall into one of the following categories:

  • Looked after child
  • Care Leaver
  • Receiving Income Support in their own name
  • Receiving Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or PIP

Eligible students will be entitled to a guaranteed bursary with weekly payments paid every Friday subject to attendance.

Application forms for the Learner Support Fund and Bursary will be included in your enrolment pack and forms are also available from Student Services.

Network West Midlands 16-18 Photocard

If you are under 18 years old and in full-time education you may be entitled to child rate fares and season tickets for travel on the bus, train and metro. All you need is a valid 16-18 Photocard which is available from Network West Midlands. It costs £10 and is valid for one academic year. You will be able to apply once you are enrolled. Further information is available from our Student Services team.

Travel Assistance

If you are travelling from outside the Network West Midlands area you may be able to claim a 50% reimbursement of your travel costs. Please contact the Student Budget Counsellor to discuss the additional support that may be available to you.

Free Meals

Some Further Education students will be able to receive a free meal at lunchtime whilst they are in college. You must be between 16-18 with parents or guardians in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Guarantee element of Pension Credit

You will need to apply for the Discretionary Bursary Scheme and provide evidence of one of the above benefits. An application form will be included in your enrolment pack and forms are also available from Student Services.

If you are eligible you will receive a daily allowance which can be used to purchase a selection of items within the Summer Row cafeteria and Richmond House cafeteria. Please note that as we are aiming to promote healthy eating there are restrictions on some items such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, crisps, cakes and flapjacks.

Childcare Funding

Students aged under 19 on the start date of their course can apply for childcare support through the Care to Learn Scheme. For further information and how to apply go to and search 'Care to Learn' or call the helpline on 0800 121 8989.

Future opportunities


After successful completion of Level 2 you can progress on to Level 3 Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up at UCB.  After completing Level 3 you can join a foundation degree in Specialist Hair and Media Make-up or Beauty Therapy Management at UCB. Alternatively you can apply for other higher education courses at UCB or elsewhere.

Careers Opportunities

There are a broad range of roles open to you once you have successfully completed the course. Previous students are employed in a wide variety of roles and areas such as cosmetic retail, freelance make-up artist, skincare retail, theatrical productions and working at industry-related exhibitions and competitions.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University College Birmingham directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year full-time

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