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Barbering, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Thanks in some part to the growth in celebrity culture and the rise of social influencers, the UK Hair & Beauty industry is now worth an astounding £6.2 billion. Fancy getting in on the action?

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Course Overview

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up Studies is to prepare you to progress to the next level of vocational learning. Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the skin, health and safety, hair and media make-up products and equipment. You will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to prepare the skin and apply a variety of make-up products, using different techniques. You will also develop a range of basic technical hairdressing skills, which will prepare you for the next level of learning in this sector.

This Diploma is for students who want to work within a vibrant, evolving make-up industry. It is an opportunity to work with high profile clients and establish an excellent reputation within a growing industry.

All students will have a hands-on experience of preparing real-time clients for theatrical shows, and collaborations that involve working with clients to a tight schedule.

To study at level 2, you must be able to work independently, be self-motivating and have a genuine passion for learning. The course is mainly classroom based; however there are opportunities for course-related trips and seminars and trips to the range shows for make-up artists: IMATS, United Make-up Expo and Beauty UK. There will also be opportunities to enter national competitions to test your skills against those from throughout the country.

Units include:
- The art of photographic make-up
- Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
- The art of dressing hair
- Shaping and colouring eyebrows
- Body art design
- Apply make-up
- Instruction on make-up application
- Themed face painting

Assessment is set, marked and internally quality assured by the centre to clearly demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. Assessment is sampled by VTCT external quality assurers. Externally assessed question papers completed electronically will be set and marked by VTCT.

VTCT qualifications are assessed and quality assured by centre staff. Work will be set to improve your practical skills, knowledge and understanding. For practical elements, you will be observed by your assessor. All your work must be collected in a portfolio of evidence and cross-referenced to requirements listed in this record of assessment book.

As part of this qualification, you are required to produce a portfolio of evidence. A portfolio will confirm the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have learnt. It may be in electronic or paper format.

Your assessor will provide guidance on how to prepare the portfolio of evidence and how to show practical achievement and understanding of the knowledge required to complete this qualification successfully. It is this booklet along with the portfolio of evidence that will serve as the prime source of evidence for this qualification.

Evidence in the portfolio may take the following forms:
- Observed worky
- Witness statements
- Audio-visual media
- Written questions
- Oral questions
- Assignments
- Case studies

Entry Requirements

Entry on to this qualification is by 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, or by progressing from our Level 1 programme.

In order to be a learner on this course, you will be required to buy a makeup specialist kit which costs GBP119 and is available when you start your course. Support for this may be available depending on your family's financial circumstances.

After Your Course

The primary outcome of the Diploma is to prepare you to progress to the next level of vocational learning to include Level 3 Media Make-up, Level 2 Beauty Therapy or Level 2 Hairdressing.

This qualification also provides a clear path into self-employment within the beauty industry.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700