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Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up - Level 3


This course is designed to give students a nationally-recognised qualification in make-up and advanced styling and dressing techniques. Providing them with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to gain employment within the industry.  Units include fashion and photographic make-up, airbrush face and body art, airbrush make-up, individual eyelash extensions and camouflage make-up.

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Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language with at least 4 points (grade C) or equivalent
  • Plus a Level 2 Diploma in an associated course and attendance at summer school.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Start dates and fees

The table below shows you when the course starts. You may be charged a fee for your course depending on your age and circumstances. If you are aged 24 or over and studying a qualifying Level 3, 4 or 5 course you may be able to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the costs.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20171 yr(s)1764A1373FREEFREE* to £3060.00Apply online
Sep 20181 yr(s)1764A1373FREEFREE* to £3060.00Apply online

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

36 weeks.


How will I be assessed?

  • Practical assessments in a realistic working environment on paying clients
  • Knowledge and understanding is assessed through assignments and online tests
  • All students will be expected to complete work placements as part of the qualification

What will I study?

  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety practice in the salon
  • Working with colleagues within beauty related industries
  • Applying airbrush make-up to the face
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Designing and applying face and body art
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Applying prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Media make-up
  • Style and fit postiche
  • Camouflage make-up

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

Apply online


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