This qualification is designed for students who have already completed a level 2 make-up qualification to advance their skills to prepare them for industry, employment or higher education.

It encompasses a whole range of skills that are essential for employment as a make-up artist for those who want a lifetime career being able to work across the potential wide spectrum that includes: theatre, stage, television & film, photographic and fashion.

This course consists of 10 Units:

  • Working with colleagues within the beauty related industries
  • Health and safety practice in the salon
  • Creative hairdressing
  • Face and body art
  • Fashion & photographic makeup
  • Applying airbrush makeup
  • Media makeup
  • Camouflage makeup
  • Styling and fitting postiche.
  • Independent learning
  • Online testing
  • Assignments
  • Practical observation
  • Oral questions
  • Client documentation
  • Portfolio evidence
  • Presentations

Experience of work at external events:

  • Theatre
  • Catwalk
  • Photo-shoot
  • Festival.
  • Higher education in Media Make up or Special effects
  • Apprenticeship in Hairdressing or Barbering
  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Barbering
  • Level 2 Retail Knowledge
  • Level 2 Beauty Therapy
  • Level 2 Nails
  • Full time employment
Level 3 – 4 x GCSE grades A-C or level 4-9 ( including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
  • Good attendance and Punctuality
  • Level 2 Nails
  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Beauty

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development