What opportunities will this course give me?

Upon successful completion of Level 3 Theatrical, Special effects, Hair and Media Make-up, students can progress into employment in the industry which could include freelance work within theatre, music and TV, working in a photographic make-up studio or as a face painter / body artist. Make-up artistry could lead you on to one of the London-based make-up academies, or on to Higher Education, such as a related university or other course, to compliment the qualification.

What will I be learning?

What does this programme involve?
On this one year programme, you will learn about various aspects of hair and media make-up, such as:

-How to monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
-Provide client care and communication
-Apply airbrush make-up to the face
-Undertake camouflage make-up, media make-up (ageing etc.), fashion and photographic make-up
-Style and fit postiche
-Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
-Anatomy and physiology
-Eyelash and eyebrow treatments
-Creative hairstyling
-Bridal hair styling

We deliver a varied and diverse learning experience. This will include attending various activities outside of College related to the skills you have acquired, which will be logged as relative work experience. You are also required to demonstrate and show off your practical ability, alongside planning and imaginative skills with total look competitions and workshops set up.

A portfolio of your own photographic evidence is created throughout the year accompanied, by mini projects and mood boards.

Why is this course for me?

The programme is a careful balance of theory and practical work. You will be able to gain experience in the College salon and reception area, as well as attending lectures and tutorials. An insight into the career prospects of beauty therapy can be gained when we visit the industrys largest beauty exhibition in London, as well as participation in Industry Week. Students will also participate in community activities and provide services such as face painting, overall looks and prom make-overs.

Your commercial skills will develop through instruction and practice working on clients. Your specialist skills will be enhanced when working in real environments, such as in schools and charity events, where an understanding of working within time constraints, environmental conditions and communicating with the general public will be brought to the forefront.
A portfolio of practical and theoretical evidence will be built up containing research notes, assignments, projects, practical observation feedback, mood boards, planning sheets and photographic evidence of completed work. This can also be used as a promotional tool once qualified to showcase your skills and expertise. Students are expected to meet set industry and professional standards to pass practical observations. Your lecturer will support you through this process and offer regular feedback to ensure standards are met.

To Successfully achieve this qualifications all of the following elements must be completed to the awarding body standard.

1. Graded practical assessments

2. Externally set and marked examinations

3. Externally set and internally marked graded synoptic assessment

What do I need to sign up?

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C / 9-4 including English and Maths and a proven achievement on a Level 2 programme such as Level 2 Hair and media make-up or hair or beauty. We will also consider attendance and attainment reports from previous education and a successful college interview.

Any student without a GCSE at grade A*-C / 9-4 in English or Maths will be required to complete a level 2 hair and beauty programme and continue with their English and Maths study at college. This will support progression onto Level 3 in the following year.

You should have high standards of personal appearance and good communication skills as you will be required to work on a range of clients.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You require a uniform with shoes, costing approximately £85. A basic tool kit and products are required to allow you to practice at home and in College - price to be confirmed. Additional fees may be charged for trips or industry qualifications offered during industry week. Optional extras to add to your kit may be advised during the programme, but are not mandatory.

Work experience placements may require students to plan and organise their own travel. This is part of the necessary development and preparation for employment.

If you are aged 16-18, the programme is fully funded. If you are 19+, fees may apply.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
THMA Eastleigh College 7/9/2020 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £2,245.00 Apply now

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