Hair and Media Make-up Level 2

The Hair and Media Make-up Level 2 Technical Diploma 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 body art design.

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


Applications for full-time courses have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

Course Content

What does the Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up qualification cover?

The Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up qualification covers all the core skills learners will need to progress to further learning and training, or to enter the world of work within the hair and media make-up industry.

Mandatory Units (all must be completed)

  • Working in beauty related industries
  • Follow health and safety practice in the salon
  • Client care and communication in beauty related industries
  • Apply make-up
  • Provide eyelash and brow treatments
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
  • The art of photographic make- up
  • Body art design
  • Apply skin tanning techniques
  • The art of colouring hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Make and style a hair addition

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 Assessment 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, online examinations for each unit 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.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs (9-3) including English and Maths and an interview.

Kit Costs

Kit Costs*

Uniform: £40

Practical Kit (including text book): £400

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

Course Progression


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
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

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Hair and Media Make-up Level 2 (16-18 Year Old Learners)
Course Outline: provides applicants with a range of essential technical and practical skills and knowledge
LevelLevel 2
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 years old study programme only: Free


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