West Thames College London

Hair and Media Makeup Studies - Level 2

This exciting, 1 year makeup course will enable you to develop the essential skills needed for a career in makeup.

Key course features


VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media MakeUp Studies (QCF)

Level: Level 2

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Young people (aged 16-18) with a passion for the makeup industry.

About the course

You will study:

  • The art of photographic makeup
  • Follow health and safety practice in the salon
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Shaping and colouring eyebrows
  • Apply makeup
  • Instruction on makeup application
  • Themed face painting
Additional opportunities

There will be a trip to a cultural city abroad and visits to local and West End theatre productions. You will have the opportunity to compete in national makeup competitions including World Skills and you will attend the International Makeup Artist Trade Show at Alexandra Palace. These visits will incur additional costs but financial assistance may be available.

You may wish to attend work placements in hair salons, theatres or with makeup artists. Communication between the college and industry enables employers and tutors to work together, enhancing your progression and quality of training.

How will I be assessed?

Through continual assessment of practical and written work, some online paper testing of knowledge, tasks and assignments. All students must be available for the yearly external verifier visit. You may also need to study functional skills or GCSE in English and Maths.

Where next?

You can progress onto the Theatrical Media Makeup - VTCT Level 3 Diploma for 16-18s or Makeup Design and Hairstyling - BTEC Level 3 Diploma and into employment within a hair salon or makeup counter as a makeover demonstrator or as a trainee makeup artist.

Entry requirements
At least 2 GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above (preferably English and maths). If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

This course is free for students under 19 years, however you will need to purchase kits, a logbook and uniform (£319). Financial support may be available to help with these costs. Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Salim Bekkaoui

    Barbering Level 2

    Salim Bekkaoui

    “The teachers were really great and very knowledgeable. The college is very welcoming, friendly, positive and supportive, and it’s a great environment to study in. After my course I’m going to continue working in a barber's to gain more experience and then I’m going to open my own business, which has always been my goal. Doing this course has been a big step towards achieving my goal.”

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