Make up - Level 2 (Full-Time)

Level 2 – GCSE or BTEC or NVQ Level 2 Equivalent

Subject Area Hair and Beauty

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  -


This course is designed to teach you the basic make-up skills required to work in the commercial or media make-up industries. there are two routes to chose from.

Route A - commercial make-up which covers corrective make-up, brow definition, lash application (strip and permanent) as well as spotlight sessions on current trends in promotional make-up. You will also cover lash lifts, High Definition brows and tanning to enhance your overall look and meet industry demand.

Route B- Creative Hair and Make-up

This route aims to provide you with a range of essential technical and practical skills in creative make-up and hair to equip you to seek employment or further training within the make-up industry. Within the course you will learn to basics of skin care, make-up techniques for fashion, commercial and editorial looks. You will also cover basic face/body painting techniques and special effects make-up. As part of the course you will look at consulting and advising basic hair styling to compliment make-up looks.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

Ideal for someone who is interested in the make-up industry looking to work on make-up counters, freelance make-up artist, salons, stage and theatre work.

Qualification Gained

Level 2 Certificate in Make-Up

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

You will study a variety of units which could include the following: -

  • Principles of Working in the Make-up Industry.
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Make-up Artists.
  • Principles of Researching, developing and Showcasing designs.
  • The Art of Applying Make-up, to Correct, Enhance and Meet Industry expectations.
  • Provide Tailored Eyelash and Eyebrow Treatments.
  • Apply Skin Tanning/Skin finishing Techniques to Enhance Your Overall Look. 
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
  • Face and body painting design
  • Special effects make up
  • Work placement 


Learning Methods

There will be practical and theory classes to include discussions, workshops and role plays where you will participate in group work and individual activities. Work experience is also a part of the course.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through practical observation, oral questions, written projects and assignments, discussions, presentations and external online examinations.

Please be aware that due to awarding body regulations your finished portfolio must be made available, if requested, up to three years after your course has been completed.

Progression Opportunities

You can progress to L3 Media Make-up (additional workshops may be required to bridge any skill gaps) L2 Beauty Diploma or Level 2 Hairdressing in Creative Cutting/Colouring.

Career Opportunities

Make-up Artist, department store make-up counters, salons or freelance, stage and theatre work.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE's graded 3-9 including English OR maths.

• Provide at least one satisfactory reference from a previous employer or educational establishment.
• Excellent attendance is required (100% expected, minimum 90%)
• Must be prepared to study towards Functional Skills or GCSE in English or maths and IT
• If English is not your first language you will need a score of 5.5 from an English Assessment.
• Full dexterity, good eyesight (with or without contact lens, glasses or other). Students with disabilities will be assessed on an individual basis to confirm their suitability for the course.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.