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This study programme is designed for 16 to 19 year olds (aged 19 to 24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

All courses take place on our Sixth Form Campus, therefore any applicants aged 25+ or over who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan may be required to complete a DBS check as part of the conditional offer to West Suffolk College. The cost to the applicant for a DBS is £30.00 and the DBS check can be completed through the college.

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About the course

This course is an introduction to the make-up artistry industry, allowing  you to complete maths and English GSCE alongside studying your chosen vocational area of make-up. The units covered are a varied range of practical and theory subjects, including hair, make-up and themed face painting. These units will prepare you for progression onto the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry.


Entry requirements

Whilst on the make-up course, you can work towards completing your GCSE in English and/ or maths. Entry requirements are a grade 3 in English and maths. A grade 4 or above in creatvive subjects such as art and design are desireable.


At the end of the course you will have completed the City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy –Make-up Artistry Route. Pass/merit/distinction grades are awarded to some of the unit theory based assessments.

What you'll learn (core modules)

You will complete the following units:

- Introduction to the hair and beauty sector

- Presenting a professional image in a salon

- Skin care

- Styling women's hair

- Plaiting and twisting hair

- Basic make-up application

- Themed face painting

- Create a hair and beauty image

- Follow health and safety in the salon

- Working with others in the hair and beauty sector

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Working in the make-up industry attracts passionate, artistic and hardworking individuals, this is a demanding industry where maximum job satisfaction is guaranteed for the right person. This is an industry where teamwork, artistry and creative flair is part of each working day, bringing with it the responsibility and rewards that ensure an exciting and challenging career. If you are looking for a long-term, varied career that motivates and inspires your passion then this is the course for you.

In addition to your timetabled sessions, you will recieve training and attend guest lectures from visiting make-up artists who currently work in industry.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout your course and given feedback on your skills. You will complete written assessments and take some unit tests to demonstarte your theory knowledge. For practical hair and make-up assessments, you will be required to produce hair and make-up looks following a range of assessment criteria, working on either a model or another member of your class.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

Practical lesons will take place in the fully equipped hair and make-up studio at West Suffolk College. Theory lessons will take place in a theory classroom.

Where will the course take me?

This course will give an insight into the industry and successful completion will enable you to progress onto the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

There is a kit to purchase at the beginning of the academic year, to enable you to complete the practical elements of the course (cost TBC). You may require arts and crafts materials for making mood boards, in addition to stationary such as couloured pens, pencils etc. Enrichment activities will be organised throughout the year at an additional cost.

How much will it cost?

Hair and make-up kit- cost TBC.

Planned enrichment trips and excursions - cost TBC.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply online via the West Suffolk College website and complete the application form, you will be called in to the college for an interview with a member of the team who will provide further course information and help you to enrol.

Days & times

Starting September 2023

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