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Theatrical, Special Effect, Hair and Media Make-up Level 3 Diploma - 2020:21

Location: Guildford College
Course Code: OD09LF1A004P
Year: 2020:21
Attendance: Hours will be according to timetable
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
Fees (16-18): £ 0
Fees (Adv Learner Loan): £ 3345
07/09/2020Places Available
Subject Area

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Content / Overview 

This multi-award winning study programme will prepare you work in the make-up industry as a professional make-up artist.

You will gain skills and knowledge in media make-up including applying small ready-made prosthetic pieces and bald caps, postiche, theatrical make-up airbrushing, fashion and photographic make-up, creative style and dress hair, face and body art.

This qualification is approved and supported by HABIA, the standard setting body for hair, beauty, nails and spa qualifications.

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

Course Modules 


  • Health and safety
  • Client care and communication
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Airbrush make-up
  • Face and body art
  • Media Make-up
  • Prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Style and dress hair
  • Creative hairdressing
  • Style and fit postiche
  • Camouflage techniques will accompany units

Why Study Here

Excellent facilities with an excellent level of tuition from highly qualified teaching staff.

This award winning course achieves high success rates with students going on to exciting careers within the make-up industry.

Suitable For

Those who have already achieved a Level 2 Hair and Media Make Up, Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing qualification who are looking to specialise in the industry or gain an additional qualification.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

You should have achieved a qualification in Level 2 Hair and Media Make Up, Beauty Therapy or Hairdressing, plus Maths and English Language GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) or above. GCSE Art would also be an advantage. You will need to have at least 88% attendance from the Level 2 course and maintain it on the Level 3 course.

Learners wishing to progress onto University will need to have a Level 3 qualification in Fine Art. Learners wishing to progress directly into industry at the end of their study programme will benefit from the art input on programme which should be sufficient for industry progression.

Delivery Method

The course is delivered via theoretical and practical sessions using e-learning, text books, interactive learning, Q & A and practical demonstrations and peer work progressing to working on our external client base.


Home study for health and safety and client care units in the form of 2 or 3 hours per week alongside initial delivery.


Assessment is set, marked and internally verified to clearly demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. Assessment is sampled by VTCT external verifiers. Externally assessed question papers completed electronically will be set and marked by VTCT.

Further Study

Progression routes include VTCT specialist hair and beauty qualifications, available from the College, employment or self-employment as a professional make-up artist or progression to higher education.

Additional Information

Additional course costs - Kit / uniform approx. £580. Other course related fees - £50

Work placements within the make-up industry are compulsory throughout the study programme.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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