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Media Makeup Level 2 Technical Certificate

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

Beauty therapy


Level 2


1 year


Bracknell & Wokingham College,
Church Rd,
Bracknell, RG12 1DJ

Start date

Sep 2021

This programme is for those who wish to enter the media makeup industry. The course focuses on makeup, body art, hair styling, client care and consultation.

The theatrical makeup industry is exciting and fast-paced. There is a need for those with creative flair, attention to detail and fantastic people skills. 

If you have ambitions to enter the media makeup sector in film, theatre, or television, our programmes are for you. You’ll need practical ability, a knowledge of fashion and beauty trends, and a passion to work hard and succeed.

Watch our students do a costume media makeup demonstration

Our programmes cover the essentials of client care and consultation, we will also develop your skills in specialist areas such as dressing and styling hair, making and applying prosthetics, designing and making body art, and applying quality make-up for fashion photography, TV, film and theatre.

Students also have the opportunity to work in our industry-standard salons at our campuses, take part in exciting on-location shoots and performances, and undertake work-based projects with leading industry employers. 

On completion of this course, you could progress to :

  • Level 3 hair and media make -up
  • Level 2 beauty
  • Level 2 hair
  • Self-employed hair and make-up artist

What I'll learn

The modules you will cover on this course are:

  • 201: principles of working in the industry to include health and safety
  • 202: anatomy and physiology for make-up artists
  • 203: principles of researching, planning and showcasing designs
  • 204: the art of applying make-up
  • 205: hair artistry
  • 206: creative make-up artistry

You will be required to participate in employer engagement at various stages throughout the course. We work with Kryolan, Crown and other industry specialists.

You will be required to complete work experience 1 day a week in a related environment.


How I'll learn

The course combines practical and theory with research in a realistic working environment.

You will begin by working on each other and progress to working on models.

You will work on a range of models of different ages, gender and ethnicity to develop your abilities to work on all clients.


How I'll be assessed

There is a two-hour theory exam in March, and you will have one opportunity to resit.

Practical assessments throughout the course, with two days of synoptic practical exams including a seven-hour controlled assessment to include planning of the looks, research and treatment planning of the looks to be created.


Entry Requirements

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths and English.

You will also need a good school report, showing at least 95% attendance.

If you are interested in a Level 2 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details to discuss further.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. A good school report or reference and a successful interview are also required.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

It is essential to purchase personal equipment and salon work wear costing approximately £600.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.