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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical & Media Make Up

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed make-up artist, providing hair and make-up services in film, media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries, National Health Service and product manufacturing and training.

Overview of the course: 

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed make-up artist. Learners will provide a range of creative make-up services in media, theatre and fashion and photographic settings. Learners will also style and fit wigs and hair pieces, apply false eyelashes and understand related cosmetic science that underpins the subject. Learners will also develop communication and customer service skills together with research and problem solving skills.

Entry requirements: 

It is expected students will have achieved either one of the following qualifications or have appropriate prior experience.
Level 2 Beauty Therapy
Level 2 Hairdressing
Level 2 Hair and Media make-up.


Photographic make-up

Media Make-up

Style and fit postiche

Airbrush make-up

Cosmetic Camouflage

False eyelash application

Cosmetic make-up science

Anatomy and physiology for make-up services

Health and Safety

How is the course assessed?: 

Students are assessed throughout the course both practically and theoretically. Assessment is set, marked and internally quality assured to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes. Students will complete a final synoptic practical assessment. Learners will also produce a portfolio of evidence to meet learning outcomes as specified. Externally assessed question papers completed electronically will be set and marked by the examination board.

Further study options after this course: 

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC). The primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, however upon completion of this course learners may choose to progress to Level 4 in Salon Management or Advanced Beauty therapy Techniques.

Length of the course: 

Full time Course - 36 weeks


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £3345.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

There is a requirement to purchase equipment for this course. The cost of equipment is to be confirmed. Students with limited income can claim up to 75% of these costs. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (25 May 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

'There’s never a dull moment in the theatrical sessions. This course has given me the confidence to work with clients and models. I have been encouraged to enter competitions to further my experience in which I received a regional 1st place win' - Laura Dovaston Level 3 Theatrical & media make-up student

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