Hair and Media Make-up Level 2

Overview (NV)

Hair and Media Make-up Level 2

Course length
1 year full-time


From working in television and theatre to face-painting and photographic work, demand is rapidly increasing for professionals who can provide creative hairdressing and make-up skills in a range of areas. This ‘hands-on’ course has been designed to arm you with the hairdressing and media make-up skills, the knowledge and the confidence to launch a rewarding and inspiring career in this exciting industry. It is also a great foundation for further study. To really benefit from this course, you must like working with people, have patience and value attention to detail.  

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


I love the course because the work is so creative and you get to use your imagination and bring your own ideas to life. We had a great visit to a local school where we were able to try out our skills and we have done some body art too. My ambition is to work in theatrical make-up and this course will help me get the training I need.

Jasmine Nicholls


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  


Uniform and kit costs 

This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £320. Please be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.   

You may be eligible for The Learner Support fund, which assists college students with course-related costs such as essential uniform equipment and travel. For more information, please visit our Financial Support for College Students page

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

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.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

  • Ideally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above.
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
  • If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the media make-up industry.


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? (NV)

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 Hair Using Temporary Colour
  • Apply Skin Tanning Techniques
  • Plaiting and Twisting 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

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, 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 ground floor of Moss House) 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)


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 ground floor of Moss House, 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.

Sophie Glynn

Sophie Glynn

Hair and Media Make-up

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Orin Mulvey

Orin Mulvey

Hair and Media Make-up

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