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Overview

This is the latest and most up-to-date hair and makeup artistry qualification, which has been developed with employers from the industry. This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hair and Makeup Artistry is aimed at adults, school leavers, beauty therapists or hairdressers who want to develop their hair and makeup skills and are looking to start a career as a makeup artist. From working in television and theatre to face-painting and photographic work, there is a demand for professionals who can provide creative hairdressing and make-up skills in a range of areas. This is the qualification that can take you to higher levels of qualifications including university level.

Course description

This qualification will cover the art of makeup application, creative makeup and face and body painting and hair artistry. The job roles you will be able to apply for after this course include: a freelance makeup artist for special occasions, you could also work on the concession counters in department stores.

You will train in our purpose built makeup studios and hair salons and we are stockists for high-end makeup brands for example Mac, Kryolan, Sleek hair brands Milkshake, and Wella.

You will be encouraged to participate in workshops with employers for example Kryolan makeup workshop. You will be able to take advantage of work placements. Previous examples include This Morning Live at the NEC, Scarefest in Gloucester and the Skills Show.

To achieve the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry, you must successfully complete the mandatory assessment components these are, theory exam - synoptic assignment (practical assessment). In addition, you must achieve employer involvement requirement for this qualification before you can be awarded a qualification grade.

You will need a hair and makeup kit and the cost is approx £200 (subject to change) which includes a uniform. The equipment is ordered through the college at the time of enrolment, you may make an application to the learner support fund for help towards the cost and this award is subject to your individual circumstances. If you are not eligible for learning support fund you will be liable for the full cost of the equipment. Uniform in the salons is compulsory and this consists of the tunic top and trousers supplied in your equipment, you must supply yourself, plain black shoes with a closed in toe and heel (strictly no trainers).

Study programme for 16-18 yrs ONLY This course is the year 1 of the study programme depending on your GCSE results. If you did not achieve a grade 4 GCSE in English and maths, you will need to complete either GCSE or Functional Skills at the appropriate level. The level you will complete is based on your GCSE grades or previous achievement at Functional Skills. You will need to bring proof of your grades in induction either the statement of achievement or your certificates.

Your course also includes tutorial, mandatory work experience and workshops. You will have the opportunity to attend external events including the Skills Show, Salon International, and Blackpool Winter Gardens, beauty show at the NEC.

What areas will I study?

Students interested in the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hair and Make-up Artistry will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them to practical tasks.

Compulsory topics include:

  • Working in the make-up industry
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Research, develop and showcase designs
  • The art of applying makeup
  • Hair artistry
  • Creative make-up artistry

Student Comments

Media make up learner comment who started at Level 2 and is now on the Foundation Degree at SCCB Digbeth campus, “I have always loved makeup and special effects I knew I wanted to do something I would enjoy. I was made to feel so welcome at the open day, everyone was nice and happy to answer my questions.”

‘Teachers use questioning to review thoroughly students’ understanding… They build on students’ previous knowledge and skills. Students develop a secure understanding of what they have learned.’ Ofsted, 2018

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September 2022, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 September 2022, Duration: 1 Academic year £1000.00 1 Academic year In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ September 2022, Duration: 1 Academic year Please contact the college for fee information 1 Academic year In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.