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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This City & Guilds qualification builds your professional skills in media specialisms. You’ll gain high levels of occupational ability, taking part in work experience in the media industry and developing your independent style through competitions, photo shoots and theatrical work. 

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 Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.  All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work. 

Course Content

Mandatory units are:

  • Working with colleagues within the beauty-related industries
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Creative hairdressing design skills
  • Design and apply face and body art
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Media make-up
  • Apply air brush make-up to the face
  • Apply prosthetics and bald caps

There is also a range of optional units.  The hair and beauty team will advise you on the most effective route to build your portfolio of skills.

You will also develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of methods including practical observation, oral questioning, written tests, assignments and preparing a portfolio of evidence.  Maths and English are assessed through a controlled assessment and GCSE involves a final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A kit and uniform is required.  Details will be available from the curriculum team during the interviews.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You could go on to further study in higher education and courses such as the Level 4 Working in the Theatre and Film Industry, where you will continue to develop your skills in maths and English.
 
Careers
You can work as a make-up artist for the film and TV industry or as a stylist for the fashion industry.

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Ebony Saxton

Ebony Saxton

Award-winning beautician Ebony plans to train as beauty lecturer

Award-winning former beauty student Ebony Saxton loved her Derby College course so much that she would like to be a beauty lecturer herself one day Ebony, who initially took a VRQ level 2 diploma in Beauty Therapy at the college's Ilkeston campus, successfully completed the advanced programme in Year 2. Described by her tutors as "a vigilant learner who pays great attention to detail", she gained distinctions in all her units, exceeding her targets.And, in recognition of her hard work and dedication she received the Sensi Hairdressing, Holistic & Beauty Therapy Award in the Derby College Peak Awards. It was this same professionalism and motivation while on work experience in a Kimberley beauty salon which led to Ebony getting a job she loves. As a trained therapist with Izabella's Secret, Ebony does massages, facials, manicures and pedicures – with nails her favourite treatment. Ebony, who served in the army cadets while at school, had a great time at college and would like to return at some stage so she can one day lecture in beauty therapy.

I loved college so much that I miss it. I learned such a lot on my course and the lecturers were amazing.
I'm still learning in my job but at some stage I'd like to go back to college and train to be a lecturer.
I got some experience in teaching in the army cadets and really enjoyed it.

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