Make-up Artistry Level 2

Who is the qualification for?

This Level 2 Technical Certificate aims to provide applicants with a range of essential technical and practical skills and knowledge, which will equip them to seek employment or further training within the industry. These skills include carrying out services such as applying make-up and creative make-up artistry.

Alongside your main study programme you will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Kit Costs*

Uniform: £TBC

Practical Kit (including text book): £TBC

*All prices indicated must be considered as estimated and prices may change without notice.

Course Content

What does the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry qualification cover?

This qualification covers all the core skills you will need to progress to further learning and training, or to enter the world of work within the make-up industry. You will study the following mandatory content:

Principles of working in the make-up industry
Anatomy and physiology for make-up artists
Research, develop and showcase make-up and hair artistry designs
The art of applying make-up
Hair artistry
Creative make-up artistry
We work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. The different ways in which we could support your learning, by working with both local and national make-up businesses, include:

Structured work-experience or work-placements within their business
Classes or lectures given by industry experts
Employers input into projects and exercises, or are involved with setting assessments and examinations
Employers act as ‘expert witnesses’ to contribute to the assessment of your work.
Learning and Asessment Styles

Learning takes place through classroom activities, where you will be required to be models for peers within your group, demonstrations and working in a realistic environment for practical assessment and case studies. You are taught through a number of practical sessions and assessments, alongside classroom sessions and guided assignments.
You are required to complete and evidence work experience within the work place and self-study expected. You will also have the opportunity to participate in many exciting enrichment opportunities and the latest and upcoming trends.

Assessment requirements and employer involvement

To achieve the Level 2 certificate candidates must successfully complete the mandatory assessment components

End point assessment

Externally marked Theory exam

Level 2 Make-up Artistry – Practical Assessment (Synoptic assignment)

Mandatory Employer involvement

In addition, candidates must achieve the mandatory employer involvement requirement for this qualification to be awarded a qualification.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs (grades A*-E), including English and maths (grades 9-3) and an interview.

Career Opportunities


This qualification could lead to a job as a Make-up Artist  or employment working in one of the following establishments: • Beauty salon • Spa • Health club • Cruise ship • Hotel • Department Store • Photography Studio

Achievement of this qualification will allow you to progress into employment or onto a Level 3 Technical Diploma qualification such as:

      • City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty and Spa Therapy
      • City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced technical Diploma in Complementary Therapies
Make-up Artistry Level 2 (16-18 Year Old Learners)
Outline: provides applicants with a range of essential technical and practical skills and knowledge
LevelLevel 2
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2019
Fee(s)16-18 years old study programme only: Free


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