Media Makeup & Special Effects Level 3

21161L0 | Leigh College
Start Date | 05/09/2022
Time/Day | FULL TIME

Is this course for me?

The beauty industry is worth an estimated £17billion in the UK and employs more than one million people. We have a first-rate reputation for equipping students with the skills to work at national and international level. Aspiring professionals can gain the technical skills, professionalism and qualifications to establish a successful career. The College incorporates industry trends and advances in technology into the courses delivered at the Image Centres in Wigan and Leigh. You will be able to explore a host of career opportunities in salons, clinics, health farms, hotels, in theatres, the media, teaching, training and in sales. If you want an exciting career within the world of Media Makeup & Hair then this course is perfect for you. Our highly creative programme of study will provide you with the diverse and exciting knowledge and skills to become a junior hair and make up artist.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following:

Client care and communication in beauty related industries

Displaying stock and promoting sales in a salon

Monitoring and maintaining health and safety practice in the salon

Media makeup

Applying makeup

Camouflage makeup

Designing and applying face and body art

Fashion and photographic makeup

How long is the course?

Full time for one academic year. All learners will be expected to attend work experience to develop employability skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through observation of practical skills and assignments covering the knowledge requirements.

You will be required to build a portfolio, show casing your practical skills and experiences gained on the course.

What qualifications do I need?

A minimum of 5 GCSE subjects graded 9-3 or equivalent including maths or English.

What can I progress onto?

Progression pathway to employment within the cosmetic retailing industry. Career Prospects include Beauty Therapist - an area manager in Beauty Consultancy can expect to earn over £30,000 a year. Other careers include Makeup Artist, Massage Therapist, Nail Technician, Holistic Therapist, Theatre/TV Makeup Artist, Salon Manager, Electrologist, Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Technical trainer for product manufacturer, Company sales reps and Teaching.

Other Information

Both Image Centres have state of the art facilities offering a realistic working environment. You will need to purchase a kit and Image Centre uniform. You will also have the opportunity to participate in trips, shows and competitions. If you are 16-18 years old, you may be eligible for our FREE bus pass. Find out more at

Course Fees

16-18 Year Olds 19+ year olds Free for eligible learners? Is Loan Available?
£3220.00 Yes Yes

Exam Fee


Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors

Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of hairdressing salons, beauty treatment and similar establishments.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels


FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn


Typical Tasks

  • Ensures financial accounts for the business are maintained.
  • Demonstrates, advises on and sells hair and/or beauty products.
  • Checks and maintains any equipment, and ensures that all safety requirements are met.
  • Undertakes and/or directs hair treatments and/or beauty therapy.
  • Ensures clients.
  • Provides clients with information and advice on styles and treatments, and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Controls the allocation, training and remuneration of staff.
  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.


Customer and Personal Service Administration and Management Sales and Marketing Mathematics English Language Personnel and Human Resources


Learning Strategies Active Listening Writing Monitoring Active Learning Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Speaking
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