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Level 2 Hair & Media Make-Up

Subject Area

Hair, Beauty, Holistics & Well-being

Student Type

Students aged 16-18

Study Mode

Full Time

Course Type


What is the course about?

A creative and engaging one-year course that will introduce you to the vibrant and diverse world of hair and media make-up. Build new skills and challenge your creativity through a range of interesting projects and briefs. Work in our glamourous onsite hair and beauty salon, The Academy, while developing a comprehensive skills tool kit for success in the industry.

Why should I choose the course?

There has never been a better time to enter the bustling hairdressing and media make-up industry. The industry is a vibrant, dynamic and fast paced offering fantastic employment and training opportunities. The sector boasts a workforce of over 245,000 people working across 55,000 businesses comprising of hair, beauty and nail salons, barbers, and spas. HABIA states the industry size and turnover annually in this sector is £6.2 billion, employing nearly a quarter of a million people. As one of the biggest growing industries in Cheshire currently, there are plenty of opportunities to earn big wages.

Learning on your course will take place in our state-of-the-art front-facing salon, The Academy, which has fully equipped professional hairdressing salons and media make-up studios. Being immersed in the salon environment and working on real paying clients will give the opportunity to put your newly developed skills to the test and receive live, honest critique. The open salon practical sessions will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism and develop a range of techniques for a variety of clients.

What will I learn?

This hands-on, work-based course will cover the fundamental skills required to go into employment in the industry, including body art, themed face painting, the art of dressing hair, the art of photographic make-up, shaping and contouring brows and health and safety. You will be introduced to the hairdressing and media make-up sector and learn how to present a professional image in a salon. There will be a key focus on client consultation and how to promote products and services to clients in the salon environment, to prepare you for employment.

What will the course lead on to?

After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to progress on to the Level 3 Theatrical & Media Make-up course, which covers photographic make-up, anatomy and physiology, airbrush make-up, camouflage make-up, and special effects make-up. You will also be in a position to offer mobile hair and make-up treatments or begin work within a salon environment.

Are there any links with industry and university?

In order to enhance your learning and knowledge of the wider sector, you will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers throughout your course, who will come in and talk about their specialist area or their working environment. Guest speakers have included a range of employers and manufacturers such as Kaeso, Peggy Sage and Wella. Our links with product companies will also provide you with a trade card, allowing you to build on your product repertoire for home use to build up your skills. We also have strong links with Steiner, a connection which will open your eyes to the exciting opportunity of working on cruise ships whilst travelling the world.

We will also support you in securing a two-week work placement in a relevant vocational setting, enabling you to gain a taste of a real-life working environment. This could even be your opportunity to impress and secure a part-time job or apprenticeship!

What support is available?

You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed.

Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Studying in our professional hairdressing and media make-up facilities will give you a real insight into work within this industry. We offer professional products and resources, keeping up with the latest trends in the industry to make your learning dynamic and relevant. Our tutors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise within this fantastic and creative industry and draw upon their working experience to enhance your learning. Our team of specialist tutors have a variety of experience within national companies, including management experience, and have an array of specialist qualifications, making your learning unique and tailored.

You will also have the opportunity to go on trips and visits, with previous students going to hairdressing exhibitions such as ProHair, ProBeauty and Hair & Beauty UK, to hear from leading professionals in the industry and sample the latest products. You may also put your skills to the test at special events, such as charity events for the elderly, or even see your spooky creations come to life at local Halloween events.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum of four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and/or maths, or successful completion of a level 1 qualification. Students will be expected to continue to study towards a GCSE Grade 4 English and/or maths if not already achieved.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

You will be expected to purchase a uniform so that you can present professional standards from the very start of your course. You will be required to purchase a kit containing make-up, hair products, and equipment for use within your time on the course. Further details of uniform and kit will be available on application.

Various trips are organised throughout the academic year relating to the beauty industry, which you will be required to pay a contribution towards.

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36 Weeks
Class Times
08:45 - 16:15
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee

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