Course Code
25104 18
Course Title
Level 2
1 year
Entry Requirements
3 GCSEs grades C or above, or a relevant Level 1 Diploma
Start Date
Days and Times

Course Description

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up (QCF) is a qualification that has been specifically designed to enable you to learn both aspects of hairdressing and media make-up.

The mandatory section of his qualification will provide you with all the skills and techniques to enable you to; provide effective client care, the art of applying make-up or photographic make-up, the creative art of dressing hair and the unit that covers creating an image using both hairdressing and media make-up skills.

The optional unit section of this qualification gives you the opportunity to choose the most appropriate units for your desired career path; application of skin tanning, eye lash perming, creative themed face painting, artistic skill of nail art/Mendhi skin decoration or body art design, client consultation for hair services, using temporary or semi-permanent colour, colour and lighten hair, creating permanent curls using perming techniques, cut women’s hair, the dexterous skill of plaiting and twisting hair, style and finish African type hair or effective treatment of the hair and scalp using shampoo and conditioner.

Entrance requirements

3 GCSE grades c or above or a relevant Level 1 Diploma.

If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 1 programmes.

Who is the course suitable for?

If you are interested in make-up and hairdressing and would like to consider work in either of these fields then this course is suitable for you.

Course content

  • Following Health and Safety practice in the salon
  • Client care and communication in beauty related industries
  • Apply make-up
  • The art of dressing hair
  • The art of photography make-up
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector. You will study between 9/11 units per year and will have the opportunity to upgrade Maths, English GCSE subjects. The other units will be chosen nearer the time.

Development of Maths and English

Students who have not yet achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths will have to continue, as per government requirements.

At Central Bedfordshire College Students who have a D in GCSE Maths and English will be required to retake these GCSE subjects in order to obtain at least a C grade at GCSE level.

Employability Skills Development

All students will be required to attend work experience in an external environment once a week and attend SOME Saturday sessions in college for work based learning sessions.

How will the course be taught?

Underpinning this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge and understanding of each unit including health and safety for all services.

The purpose of this qualification is to develop your skills in both hairdressing and media make-up to a high level of occupational ability, to enable you to perform your own salon services.

How will I know how well I am doing?

Through on-going assessment in practical skills and theory tests as well as study programmes and work experience. Pro monitor will track all progress made. Through one to one sessions with your tutor throughout the course.

Are there any additional costs?

Kit £158.00 approximately
Tunic £20.00 approximately

There a trips that are optional

  • Salon international in October £20.00 approximately
  • Beauty international in February £12.50 approximately.

We also ask the students to provide

  • 2 folders
  • A pack of plastic wallets
  • A pack of page dividers
  • 1 memory stick

What course can I do next?

Level 2 Diploma in Barbering
Level 2 Diploma in Beauty therapy
Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, special effects and hair and media make-up

Course Fees

16-19 first level 2 Qualification free or if you are on job seekers allowance or income support.

24 + grant. Fees vary from year to year and need to be discussed on interview.

Where can I get further support / advice?

Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website:

How do I join the course?

Fill in an application form online and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.

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