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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 14.00

Start: 11/09/2017

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 5421.00*

Concessions: 5421.00***

24+ Loan Amount: 5421.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This exciting new course is designed for people who are qualified to Level 3 in Hair and Media Make-up. It is a vocationally related qualification which will enable you to develop the comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills expected of a make-up artist.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:

  • a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and/or Maths (grade 4 or above) and Science.
  • an Advanced Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard.

You will have an interview and initial assessment in maths and English, will undertake a skills test and should present a current portfolio of work. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study. If you are a mature student, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. 

Course Content

You will be required to complete one mandatory unit:

  • Quality management of client care in the hair and beauty sector

Optional units are:

  • Create and present a design plan in the fashion, theatrical, special effects and media make-up industry
  • Research in the fashion, theatrical, special effects and media make-up industry
  • Manage the creation of a hairstyle collection
  • Public relations
  • Create and cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Marketing in the hair and beauty sector
  • Human resource management within the hair and beauty sector
  • Physiology of ageing

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via written reports, essays, presentations, vocationally based projects, practical assessments and case studies.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is a kit and uniform to purchase.  Full details will be given at your interview.

What can I do after this course?

Further study

This course is ideal for individuals who want to progress to higher education or management within the sector, to a Foundation Degree in Spa Management and/or to Teacher Education qualifications.


There is a wide variety of job opportunities for qualified beauty therapists, including salon and spa work both in the UK and abroad. Beauty therapists can also work in hotels, on cruise liners, in hospitals and in health clubs.

With further experience, they can become salon owners or follow careers in make-up for photography and fashion, teaching and training, or as technical advisors for manufacturers of beauty products. They could also look at becoming self-employed.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.
Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Rachel Dennis

Rachel Dennis

All set for a career in film make-up

With her sights set on a career as a make-up and prosthetics designer in the world of film, talented Rachel Dennis has already stepped into the spotlight.

She came third in the regional finals of the World Skills competition, having spent many hours creating a prosthetic of the Jabberwocky game character. At our 2014 Peak Awards, she also received the SENSI Hairdressing, Holistic and Beauty Therapy prize – sponsored by Pompadour – for her commitment and superb practical abilities.

Rachel went on to secure a coveted university place to study Advanced Media Make-up in Grimsby, one of only three accredited courses in the UK.

I first became interested in makeup design when I watched films like Lord of the Rings so I was delighted to hear that Derby College ran a specialist course in the subject. Winning the Peak Award completed a fantastic year and having the World Skills experience will certainly be good for my future CV.
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