Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
7 September 202036 weeksHeather Finch

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4/C or above normally including Maths and English language; grade 4/C or above in a relevant subject qualification is sometimes required.

For progressing students, a minimum of Level 2 course in your chosen subject and English language and Maths at level 2. Progressing students without English or Maths at GCSE grade 4/C will be required to study these as part of their programme of study.

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.

Learners need to have completed intermediate Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up.

Who is this course for?

For those, who have successfully completed their Intermediate Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up. Who would like to progress onto further studying at university for Hair and Media Make-up.


  • Health and Safety
  • Client care and Communication
  • Promote services and products to clients
  • Design and apply face and body art
  • Media make-up
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Apply airbrush make-up to the face

Professional Presentation

All students are required to:

  • Wear a course uniform (Purchased by yourself via the college)
  • Wear full black covered shoes
  • Have hair fully up and off the face for practical sessions
  • Wear no jewellery ( a wedding band can be worn)
  • Not have nail extensions or polish – short filed nails essential to carry out treatments
  • All piercings must be removed


The course is delivered by specialist staff, which possess industry experience along with specialist qualifications. Teaching sessions incorporate a mixture of activities to ensure students develop skills and knowledge.

Students are assessed through a combination of internally assessed coursework, practical skills and externally assessed examinations. This helps students to develop core skills required for the hair & make-up industry which include the ability to meet deadlines and retention of knowledge as well as application of skills.

As an essential part of learning all students will be expected to receive and complete treatments (unless medically exempt) within the practical session from peers.


As part of your programme of study you may be expected to complete external work experience. This will give you occupationally specific training focussed on developing knowledge and practical skills gained in your college sessions.


As part of this course you will attend English and maths sessions if you are aged between 16-18 years old.

These classes will be with subject specialists and delivered at a level to suit you.


  • University
  • Self-employment
  • Employed


Opportunities exist for students to obtain additional qualifications after completion of their Level 3 Certificate/ Diploma in Hairdressing

  • Technical bridal
  • Intermediate gents hairdressing
  • Technical gents hairdressing
  • Intermediate barbering
  • Level 4 colour correction
  • Level 4 management


  • Team building exercises
  • Equality and diversity
  • Salon International- London Excel


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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