Course overview

Fashion and Photographic Make-up Level 3 City of Bristol College

This course is for adults 19+ who want to work in the hair and beauty industry. You should already hold a Level 2 qualification in make-up. You should enjoy practical tasks, be able to get on with people and be keen to progress in your learning.

Additional information

Who is it for?

This 16-week, part-time course is a stepping stone to employment within the hair and beauty sector.

What you'll learn

During this course, you will develop a wide range of make-up application skills including:

  • contouring
  • photographic make-up
  • fantasy make-up
  • body painting techniques
  • the history of makeup
  • high fashion and full glam.

Entry requirements

To join this course, you need a GCSE in English at Grade 3 (D) or Functional Skills in English at Level 1 or above. You must also have a Level 2 Make-up qualification.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will learn from our experienced and supportive teachers and be assessed throughout the course, through a mix of practical activities, projects and presentations as well as in assignments and tests. For example, practical assessments in fantasy make-up, history of make-up and full glam.

Most of your practical learning will take place in our state-of-the-art salon which was opened in September 2019 where you will have opportunities to work on other students and real clients in a commercially-viable business. Students will have the opportunity to hear from industry specialists including Steiner Cruise Liners.

Future career and study opportunities

Your next steps will depend on the level of learning and personal development that you reach and the qualifications that you have gained. You might progress to the Level 3 Theatrical make-up to further develop your skills and employment opportunities.

You may like to explore an Apprenticeship option and continue training while you work. We will support and guide you to achieve your potential and your goals. Former students have gone on to progress to higher accredited courses, such as level 3 advanced technical diploma. Others have gone on to win various awards and opening their own salons.

Additional costs

You will to need to buy a college uniform, which costs £32, and kit which costs approximately £250.

Blended learning

To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.

To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.

Find out more about how we’ve adapted due to COVID-19.