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Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
14 September 20191 yearHeather Finch

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


The level 3 diploma in Hair & Media Make-Up is a vocational qualification for learners seeking to further develop skills within the hair & make-up industry. This qualification is based on the Beauty Therapy (make-up) and Hairdressing standards and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional bodies as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a make-up artist. Learners will have their hairdressing and make-up artistry skills assessed in a real or realistic learning environment. All students will attend 2 days a week.  A high level of attendance is essential to achieve this course.


The Level 3 Diploma in Media Make-Up is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a hair & make-up artist. This qualification has been specifically designed for full time students and builds on existing knowledge and understanding of make-up artistry gained at level 2, enabling learners to expand the scope of their technical skills to prepare learners for employment as a make-up artist. The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist, including:

  • Airbrush make-up for the face
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Face & Body painting
  • Media make-up
  • The art of dressing hair

Learners will also to undertake a wide range of practical skills in both make-up application/beauty techniques, such as face and body art, production arts planning and many more related units to enhance their skills.


The course has been designed to follow a modular approach. Students have independent assessment written papers and practical assessment to support each relevant area of learning. This will be proof that students have mastered a particular aspect of the trade. The course involves group work, research, exams, assessments and Task Based Learning.


Career opportunities as a make-up artist exist in a variety of contexts including primarily:

  • Going on to University to study further in Hair & Media skills.
  • Freelance /self-employed
  • Theatre, film, print media
  • Photographic studios
  • National Health Service working with Remedial Camouflage skills
  • Product manufacturing and training

Whilst this qualifications primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a junior hair and make-up artist, learners may choose to complement their knowledge and skills by undertaking higher-level qualifications in related areas such as:

  • Level 1/2/3 Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Beauty

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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