Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Makeup Studies

Hair and beauty student putting on make up onto a woman


The Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Make up Artistry is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop practical skills in make up application and hairdressing. The following units are mandatory and must be completed to achieve the full qualification

– Health safety and hygiene
– Make-up applications
– Hair preparation services
– Continuity planning for make-up services
– Dress and finish hair services
– Continuity hair services
– Anatomy and physiology for make-up artists
– Total look for competition work
– Face and body art painting
– Fashion and editorial make-up

Am I right for the course?

You need to have a keen interest in both hair and make-up and be looking to work in this industry. You need to enjoy working and communicating professionally with people. As part of the course you will need to perform treatments on clients and peers. It is a requirement that students wear uniform and meet salon standards, this includes wearing hair up and being presentable at all times. Time tabling will include attending one late night until 8.00pm and will need to arrange appropriate transport home, as this reflects industry standards.

You will have to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience within the industry outside of your timetabled hours. Distance learning tasks are undertaken with the support of your tutors and you will require time to complete these tasks outside of timetabled hours.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 9 – 3 including a grade 4 in either maths or English and a Level 1 qualification. Professional Reference

In the Technical Level Qualification (TLQ’s), you will be assessed through graded practical observations, external written exam and a final synoptic assessment. You are required to create a portfolio and complete creative research. The TLQ requires each student to have an employer observe them and give feedback on one assessment. This will be either formative or a graded practical assessment and feedback will be provided to the students using industry standards. Your final grade can be awarded as a Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

You are required to purchase a Kit and uniform (approx. £400) that will provide you will all the equipment required to use in practical sessions and work experience. You are required to attend professional industry exhibitions and seminars to further your knowledge in the hair and make-up industry, this will be an additional expense. You will be required to purchase additional research material such as text books.

You will need to show that you have developed your Maths and English skills whilst you are on the course. This may mean you sit GCSE’ s or Functional Skills qualifications.

Your teachers and assessors will have a minimum of five years industry experience supporting your learning and assessment targets and plans. You will be supported by an internal verifier throughout the assessment process

What Next?

To apply for this course you need to put in an application online and attend an interview. You may want to support this interview by producing a sketch book showing your interest and experience in Make-up and Hair. You may also be require to complete a interview task.

Our Hair and Beauty courses enable you to work in a wide variety of salons, nail bars, spas, cruise ships, or even work abroad in luxury resorts. Depending on the level you choose to study, we recommend that you carry on climbing the ladder within Oaklands, and then onto university or into employment.

Potential careers:

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Theatrical and Media Makeup Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Salon Management
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Reflexologist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Skincare Consultant
  • Hairdresser/stylist

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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