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Hair, Beauty & Therapies

Hair, Beauty & Therapies

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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR3BAD (2021)
  • Who is it for?

    This qualifiction is a level 3 technical qualification, it has been developed collectively with employers, professional associations and trade bodies to set the standard and content. The qualification is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed make-up artist.

  • Entry Requirements

    You must be 17 years old or above. You must have 3 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above with equivalent qualifications in Maths, English and/or Science or a level 2 qualification, a level 2 beauty qualification is desirable. You will be required to have an interview with the tutor prior to enrolment.

  • What does the course involve?

    • Health and safety in the salon
    • Client care and consultation
    • Photographic make-up
    • Anatomy and physiology for make-up services
    • Bridal make-up
    • Airbrush make-up
    • Individual eyelash extensions
    • False eyelash application
    • Cosmetic make-up science
    • Promote and sell products and services


    There are some treatments that are required to be carried out outside of College along with attending shows, productions and gaining portfolio evidence to showcase skills.

    Maths and English are integrated into the programme. There is an opportunity to work towards the Extended Diploma for students who have achieved 7-4 in both Maths and English. This will allow you to gain additional skills from within the industry.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Externally set practical assessments 50% of qualification, externally set exam 30% and synoptic assessment (practical exam) 20%.
    Grading: Distinction, Merit, Pass, Fail.

  • How much does it cost?

    It is an expectation of professional practice to wear a uniform whilst in salon sessions. It is advisable to purchase a kit to allow you to practise skills out of College. Order forms are available at the Group Interview event. Make-up kits will also be required.

  • Additional Notes

    You will take part in promotional activities:- pamper days, off site promotional work and attending trade events. In house training may include:- Dermalogica skin products, Thai Massage techniques, Hot Stone Therapy, Hopi Ear Candling, cat walk and theatre productions.


  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Alice Nimmock

Alice Nimmock

Level 3 in Beauty Make-Up Techniques
Previous school: Lacon Childe School

I progressed from the Level 2 course and really enjoy it - you need to have a passion for beauty and be willing to work hard. After college I would like to work in a salon then, with some experience, set up on my own. Having the commercial salon, Evolve, on campus is great experience for the students.

Pip Pearce

Pip Pearce

Level 2 Makeup and Nails
Previous school: Meole Brace School

I wasn’t sure I could do makeup and nails – I have always loved it, but decided to study business after school. However, I wasn’t enjoying myself and decided to take the leap of faith into beauty and I haven’t looked back since. After I’ve completed this course I want to progress onto Level 3. The course is fun and everybody is really nice – teachers and students.

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Career Options

  • Beauticians and related occupations

    Up to £19,000

  • Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

    Up to £28,000


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