Make-up Artistry
Faculty of Hospitality, Hair and Beauty
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Hospitality, Hair and Beauty Level 2 - Level 2 Technical Certificate Laurence Building 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry aims to provide you with a range of essential technical practical skills and knowledge. This practical based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment or further specialist training within the make-up industry. 

Your programme will cover all of the work specific core skills and knowledge you will need to carry out services such as applying make-up and creative make-up / hair artistry.  You will explore and research the historical and global influences on make-up and produce a portfolio to showcase your different technical skills and final looks.  

Practical skills in make-up and hair artistry will be developed on fellow students; once a level of competence is reached, you will then be able to work on clients in our well-equipped make-up room and hairdressing salons. Whilst studying you will have the opportunity to engage in enrichment activities and workshops. These may include development of employability skills, employer involvement activities, team work and promotional events, communications and customer service; all of which are important when you are thinking about working in the make-up industry. 

To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments:

One externally set, internally marked and externally moderated assignment (Practical based). In this synoptic assignment you will design and create a themed look using all of the skills, techniques, concepts and theories from across the programme area.

One externally set, externally marked exam, sat under examination conditions (Theoretical based).  This exam is designed to assess the depth and breadth of knowledge across the qualification, using a range of question types.

This qualification is graded:  Pass / Merit / Distinction / Distinction*

What topics will I study?

This qualification covers all the core skills you will need to progress to further learning and training, or to enter the world of work within the make-up industry. You will study the following mandatory units:

  • Principles of working in the make-up industry
  • Anatomy and Physiology for make-up artists
  • Research, develop and showcase make-up and hair artistry designs
  • The art of applying make-up
  • Hair artistry
  • Creative make-up artistry

What experiences will I get?

You will work in our well-equipped make-up and hairdressing salons where you will develop and create a range of make-up designs and hair artistry looks.   You will also have the opportunity to attend master class workshops and employer involvement activities.

These can include: Product workshops, Participation in external productions and work experience, Residential visits with master class opportunities in make-up; Hair and Beauty exhibitions and lectures by industry experts. 

What are the entry requirements?

English and Maths entry requirements: Grade 3 in English language and Maths. If you do not have a grade 4 in English and Maths, you will be required to study for this alongside your course.

Plus standard entry requirements: Two GCSE’s at grade 3 or above, or equivalent.

Subject specific entry requirement or recommendations: GCSE grade 3 or above in Art 

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

There is a fully equipped media make-up room, four hairdressing salons, five beauty clinics, providing you with a professional working environment. You will have access to learning resource centres and there is a refectory in the Hele building. Personal lockers are available for use when you are at college and learners have changing room facilities.

What can the course lead on to?

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the skills and knowledge of health and safety, customer service and the necessary technical skills to be employed as a make-up artist.

This qualification could lead to employment as a make-up artist in establishments such as; photographic studios, department stores, Make-up stores and salons. You could also work as a freelance make-up artist.

Alternatively this qualification will allow you to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-Up Artistry. This will enhance the skills and knowledge that you have gained at level two to progress into a senior job role and a wider career choice.  

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to purchase a personal kit and uniform.

There are options to attend enrichment workshops and educational visits at an additional cost.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.


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