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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 14.00

Start: 11/09/2017

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 5421.00*

Concessions: 5421.00***

24+ Loan Amount: 5421.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This exciting new course is designed for people who are qualified to Level 3 in Hair and Media Make-up. It is a vocationally related qualification which will enable you to develop the comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills expected of a make-up artist.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:

  • a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and/or Maths (grade 4 or above) and Science.
  • an Advanced Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard.

You will have an interview and initial assessment in maths and English, will undertake a skills test and should present a current portfolio of work. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study. If you are a mature student, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. 

Course Content

You will be required to complete one mandatory unit:

  • Quality management of client care in the hair and beauty sector

Optional units are:

  • Create and present a design plan in the fashion, theatrical, special effects and media make-up industry
  • Research in the fashion, theatrical, special effects and media make-up industry
  • Manage the creation of a hairstyle collection
  • Public relations
  • Create and cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Marketing in the hair and beauty sector
  • Human resource management within the hair and beauty sector
  • Physiology of ageing

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via written reports, essays, presentations, vocationally based projects, practical assessments and case studies.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is a kit and uniform to purchase.  Full details will be given at your interview.

What can I do after this course?

Further study

This course is ideal for individuals who want to progress to higher education or management within the sector, to a Foundation Degree in Spa Management and/or to Teacher Education qualifications.


There is a wide variety of job opportunities for qualified beauty therapists, including salon and spa work both in the UK and abroad. Beauty therapists can also work in hotels, on cruise liners, in hospitals and in health clubs.

With further experience, they can become salon owners or follow careers in make-up for photography and fashion, teaching and training, or as technical advisors for manufacturers of beauty products. They could also look at becoming self-employed.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.
Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Ebony Saxton

Ebony Saxton

Award-winning beautician Ebony plans to train as beauty lecturer

Award-winning former beauty student Ebony Saxton loved her Derby College course so much that she would like to be a beauty lecturer herself one day Ebony, who initially took a VRQ level 2 diploma in Beauty Therapy at the college's Ilkeston campus, successfully completed the advanced programme in Year 2. Described by her tutors as "a vigilant learner who pays great attention to detail", she gained distinctions in all her units, exceeding her targets.And, in recognition of her hard work and dedication she received the Sensi Hairdressing, Holistic & Beauty Therapy Award in the Derby College Peak Awards. It was this same professionalism and motivation while on work experience in a Kimberley beauty salon which led to Ebony getting a job she loves. As a trained therapist with Izabella's Secret, Ebony does massages, facials, manicures and pedicures – with nails her favourite treatment. Ebony, who served in the army cadets while at school, had a great time at college and would like to return at some stage so she can one day lecture in beauty therapy.

I loved college so much that I miss it. I learned such a lot on my course and the lecturers were amazing.
I'm still learning in my job but at some stage I'd like to go back to college and train to be a lecturer.
I got some experience in teaching in the army cadets and really enjoyed it.

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