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Hair & Media Make-Up Diploma

Level 2

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Key Info

Learning Area   Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Cornwall College Camborne
Start Date   06/09/2021

If you are looking to begin an exciting career in the hair, make-up and media industry, and would like to eventually pursue a career in the theatre, film or television industry gaining a national qualification, then this course is for you.

You will learn excellent industry skills such as how to apply make-up, provide eyebrow and eyelash treatments, the art of photographic make-up, body art designs, colour and dress hair as well as make and style hair additions

  What You Will Learn

At Level 2 you will gain an excellent range of skills which will provide you with a starting point towards a career in the industry. The course has been specifically designed to enable you to learn both aspects of Hairdressing and Media make-up.

Areas studied on the course include:

Unit 201 - Working in the beauty related industries
Unit 202 - Following health and safety practices in the salon
Unit 203 - Client care and communication in the beauty related industries
Unit 209 - Apply make-up
Unit 210 - Provide eyelash and eyebrow treatments
Unit 212 - Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
Unit 220 - The art of photographic make-up
Unit 221 - Body art design
Unit 223 - Apply skin care techniques
Unit 226 - The art of colouring hair
Unit 227 - The art of dressing hair
Unit 310 - Make and style hair additions

You will attend theory sessions that will support the knowledge and understanding.

Candidates will be expected to work independently producing research material, evidence and assignments

  Entry Requirements

You will need to have a minimum GCSEs at grades 4 – 9 in English and mathematics. At Cornwall College, we recognise that applicants without these qualifications can often offer a high level of competence as well as life experience and we will therefore consider all applications on their merits alongside their qualifications. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the requirements, please call the department and ask to speak to the study programme manager who will be happy to discuss it with you.

  Work Experience

You are expected to find an external work placement while on the course. This will help you gain valuable work experience to help you develop a career in this exciting industry. However, we have work place coordinators that can help you or you may be able to gain work experience in our own commercial Salons open to the public.


You will be assessed in a realistic working environment. This could include shows and competitions as well as working on clients. Students will therefore need to be prepared to work both independently and as part of a team.

You will also be assessed through either written assignments or online multiple choice questions.


On successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up:

You could enter employment as a hair and media make-up artist.

You can progress on to the Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-Up or Level 2 Hairdressing courses.


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Alisha Dobson

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I was very nervous and excited to start college. I was living in Looe and nobody that I knew from my school was going to do the course that I was going to do, so yeah, I had first day feels, but it was great. I made friends really quickly and like everyone says it goes really fast, so enjoy it. I loved my hairdressing course and getting really hands on. Before I started college I spent the summer in a salon, just as an assistant, soaking everything up and watching lots. I also practiced things on my friends and family, even if it was just blow drying. I have very curly hair so I really enjoyed trying new things out on my own hair too. There are so many options with hairdressing, it’s really limitless.

I now have my own salon in South London called Bleach. I also do a lot of freelance work, which I have been doing for about 10 years now working in TV, music videos, touring with musicians and artists on their tours, lots of live TV and photo shoots and things like that. I have also been able to travel, all things I never even imagined I would be able to do, so your possibilities are endless.

If the freelance side of things is what you would like to get into be very well rounded. I think it’s played well for me that I can do everything from cutting, colouring and extensions down to perming and shampoo and sets. When I was at college I was like; “oh another perm!”, but all of those things really shape everything that you end up being able to do. They give you so many skills that you might think at the time you’re not going to need but you really will want them! Practice as much as possible and play around, your friends will get tired of having their hair done.

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