Make-up Specialist Level 2

Overview (NV)

Make-up Specialist Level 2 Diploma

Course length
1 year full-time


You will learn the skills required for a career in the cosmetic and make-up industry. Training takes place in our modern, well-equipped salons in Birmingham city centre. You will benefit from hands-on, practical experience under the guidance of experts.

The course will give you a thorough understanding of the industry, including areas such as make-up application, the art of photographic make-up and client care.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You are a creative individual and are interested in new fashions and trends – from facial skincare to nail art
  • You are interested in a course that leads to a broad range of jobs – including retail/cosmetics specialist and freelance make-up artist
  • You want to keep your options open about the possibility of further study – and the opportunity to boost your skill levels

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 & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment 

There are practical assessments and some written assessment papers in addition to training in a realistic working environment.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

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 basic 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? (NV)

What will I study?

  • Facial Skincare
  • The Art of Photographic Make-up
  • Applying Make-up
  • Instruction on Make-up Application
  • Client Care and Communication in Beauty-Related Industries
  • Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Eyelash and Brow Treatments
  • Skin Tanning Techniques
  • Body Art Design
  • Nail Art
  • Retail Knowledge

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 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

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.

Work Placement (NV)

Work placement

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, theatrical 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.

Careers (NV)


There are wide career opportunities depending on your interests. Previous students are employed in a wide variety of roles and areas including the cosmetic and skincare retail environment, theatrical productions, industry-related exhibitions and competitions, and as freelance make-up artists.

Alternatively, you can progress onto Level 3 Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up 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.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Taylor Gibbins

Taylor Gibbins

Make-up Specialist

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Paige Rice

Paige Rice

Make-up Specialist

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Ellie Roe

Ellie Roe

Make-up Specialist

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