of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them
Why choose this college course?
- BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Get to grips with a variety of techniques from photographic make-up and face painting to dressing and colouring hair
- PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Perfect your skills by training and working in our cutting-edge make-up studios on campus
- WORK PLACEMENT – Put your training into practice in the real world through placement opportunities ranging from spas and salons to stage productions
University College Birmingham has a range of state-of-the-art teaching facilities and equipment for students on our hair and make-up courses, including purpose-built make-up studios, prosthetics and special effects studios and a media workshop.
We have two fully-equipped make-up studios on campus where you can hone your practical skills
Our Media Workshop allows you to learn how to perfect your hair and make-up work for the camera and how to light, compose and take professional studio shots
Our prosthetic studios include purpose-built spaces for processes such as creating full theatrical looks, instructing clients on make-up and preparing your model for a photoshoot
Topics you will study
- Applying Make-up
- Art of Photographic Make-up
- Art of Dressing Hair
- Creating an Image Based on a Theme
- Themed Face Painting
- Body Art Design
- Colouring Hair Using Temporary Colour
- Applying Skin Tanning Techniques
- Plaiting and Twisting Hair
- Cutting Women’s Hair
- Health and Safety Practice in the Salon
- Client Care and Communication
You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.
Maths and English
To help you secure your dream career, you will also continue developing your maths and English skills alongside your full-time course. If you haven’t achieved GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths at age 16, you will continue to study these through resits or taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
How maths will support your career
- Ratios are very important, for example when mixing hair dye
- Basic addition and subtraction are important in calculating the costs of equipment/products and managing stock.
- Percentages are key in working out customer discounts.
- Area and perimeter are important when designing and arranging a salon space.
How English will support your career
- 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 service requires good English skills in speaking and written communication.
- Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions for hair/beauty products and treatments.
- Secure English is important when preparing a CV or business proposal, or when advertising/marketing your business.
- 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.
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. You 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.
Uniform and kit costs
This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £320, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you 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.
Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.
As part of your Level 2 hair and media make-up course, you will attend a work placement. The length of time and schedules vary between days and block weeks, with opportunities available within salons, spas, theatrical productions and face painting in schools.
Work alongside experts in your sector
A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:
- Crescent Theatre
- Hall Green Little Theatre
- Central School of Make-up
- Vanity Doll Salon
- Anawim Women's Centre
I looked at different colleges in Birmingham, but this one had the best course with more to offer. In hair, we have paying customers in the salon, which is really good experience. The make-up gets more specialised in the second year, like transforming a man into a woman, which I’m looking forward to.
On completion of the Level 2, you could progress onto our Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up Level 3 course, or you could pursue a range of employment opportunities within the industry.
Note: Some roles below may require further study/training.
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We are here to support your career goals every step of the way.