Hair and Media Make-Up Level 2 Diploma
- Course length
- 1 year full-time
For more information on this course, attend our open day on Monday 13 March, 4-7pm. Get your backstage pass here.
With interest in hair and media make-up continuing to soar, this course will give you a great “hands on” introduction to this exciting industry. It will also give you a great foundation for further study.
Why should I choose this course?
- You are enthusiastic and keen to learn the skills needed for creative hair and make-up
- You like keeping up to date with the latest fashions and trends
- You are good at working independently – but also like being part of a team
Why maths and English are so important to your career
Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
- Ratio is very important mixing hair dye etc.
- Basic addition and subtraction are important in calculating the costs of equipment and products and managing the stock
- Percentages are key in working out customer discounts
- Area and perimeter are important when designing and arranging a salon space
- Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of hair and beauty products and services
- Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues
- Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
- Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions in hair/beauty products and treatments
- Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business
Teaching and assessment
Assessment takes place in a realistic working environment, which could include shows and competitions as well as work on clients and fellow students. Students need to be prepared to work both independently and as part of a team. There are also written papers and assignments.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Please note the entry requirements below reflect the new GCSE grading structure for 2017 entry.
Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above.
School applicants will need to have a good school report and references.
If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths, you will be required to take an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support.
Students are required to buy a uniform and a set of equipment. To help keep costs to a minimum, these items are available to buy through UCB. If you have any concerns about the cost of the uniform, please discuss this at your interview as we may be able to help.
What will I study?
- Applying Make-up
- Art of Photographic Make-up
- Art of Dressing Hair
- Create an Image Based on a Theme
- Themed Face Painting
- Body Art Design
- Colour and Lighten Hair
- Cut Women’s Hair
- Health & Safety Practice in the Salon
- Client Care and Communication
Your study programme
In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.
For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and Maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at a an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.
Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.
To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.
All of our Hair, Beauty and Make-up Student’s attend some form of work placement. The length of time and schedules vary between days and block weeks. Students gain excellent experience and knowledge from this opportunity, and many gain employment as a result. UCB has excellent industry links throughout the West Midlands. Opportunities are available with salons and spas, theatre productions and face-painting in schools.
A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:
- Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
- It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
- Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- Enriches your CV
- Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
- Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities
At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row) who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.
If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital.
A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.
On successful completion of this course, you could look for work as a freelance make-up artist, hairdresser, in theatrical productions, or recreating accident scenes for emergency services training. Alternatively you could apply for the Theatrical Special Effects Hair and Media Make-up Level 3 Diploma at UCB.
The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.
Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Alumni support
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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