Hair & Beauty | VTCT Diploma in Hair & Media Makeup | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0284-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Entry requirements: At least three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English, maths and an art subject (or a portfolio of your creative work). Qualification: VTCT Diploma Hair and Makeup Artistry Level 2 Awarding Body: VTCT

Why this course?

If you would like to pursue a career as a makeup artist, this course will give you the knowledge and skills to get you started. With opportunities to express your creative
ideas, Level 2 includes the development of makeup and hair skills. 

  • Develop transferable skills in team working, problem-solving and research
  • Learn in a professional salon open to the public
  • Lecturers have current industry experience
  • High-end industry branded products and equipment
  • Strong industry and employer links

Start dates

September 2022 Apply
September 2022 Apply

Entry requirements

Start at Level 2 if you have at least three GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above in English, maths and an art subject (or a portfolio of your creative work). If you do not have these grades you can study our Get Started in the Service Industries: Beauty and Makeup course. In addition to the specified entry requirements, you may be required to undergo an assessment of your English skills to ensure you are at a sufficient level for your chosen course.

You will be expected to present yourselves in a professional manner, be polite and courteous. You will attend college wearing a uniform, with your hair up, nails cut short and free from varnish, and strictly no jewellery or facial jewellery is allowed. You will be expected to arrive punctual and attend all classes. These are all requirements of the awarding body.

Entry requirements

Course content

On this course you will learn the following:

  • Health and safety 
  • Communication and commercial skills
  • Makeup application
  • The art of Fashion and photographic makeup  
  • Creating an image based on a theme
  • Face Painting 
  • Body art design
  • Styling, dressing and finishing hair
  • The art of Colouring hair
  • Anatomy and physiology


  • Service portfolio 
  • Summative practical assessments
  • Assignments and tasks 
  • External examinations


  • Excellent training facilities
  • Gain real-world training experience in our professional salon open to the public
  • The use of industry branded equipment and products, plus additional training from external companies, such as Kryolan
  • Highly skilled and qualified lecturers with current industry experience
  • Strong industry and employer links
  • Access to Northbrook College's student services, including career advice and additional learning support

Our Broadwater Campus offers a modern and well-equipped environment in which to learn about the exciting Hair and Beauty industry. Students benefit from industry-standard equipment as well as enjoying Starbucks beverages on-site, hot and cold food from our excellent canteen, IT suites for research projects and the Learning Resource Centre (Library).


What's next?

After Level 2, you can choose to develop your knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification in Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical special effects Hair and Media Make-up or a Level 2 or 3 in hairdressing, barbering or beauty therapy.

Students who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). As a specialist make-up artist, you could progress directly into a variety of employment contexts, including:

  • Professional makeup artistry settings working with performers
  • Theatre, film, print media and photographic studios
  • Beauty and hair salons
  • Self-employed mobile / home settings
  • National Health Service

Work experience

Our beauty department has very strong links with local employers, many of whom started their own careers at Northbrook College. 

You will have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position or making valuable contacts. We hold an annual careers day where local, national and international employers will give seminars. This will give you valuable information and advice about progression opportunities and setting up your own businesses. 

We also hold training days, trips to trade shows and have guest speakers to keep all of your training and knowledge current and up to date. 

During the make-up course you may experience external trips or seminars to Salon International, Professional Beauty, IMATS and UMA Expo.

Course fees

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

This course is also free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 2 or above, you may not have to pay any fees. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Additional costs

You may need to purchase a uniform and professional equipment, some financial help may be available.

Please speak to our Admissions team if you have any further queries: | 01273 667704

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

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How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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