Make-up (Theatrical - Special Effects and Hair and Media) - Level 3

Course Code: TB1FE05


In line with Government advice and guidance we plan to have 100% face to face delivery for all Further Education courses for 16 - 18 year olds from September 2021.

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration
05/09/2022Bispham Campus1 YearApply

Course Overview

Are you creative with a keen sense of colour? Are you interested in transforming the way performers can look on stage or in the media with the use of make-up, special effects and hair? If the answers are yes, then this course could be the perfect one for you. Blackpool and The Fylde College is expertly positioned to ensure that you have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills to support your career within the theatrical and make up industry.

This course offers you the opportunity to develop practical skills demanded by careers in film, television work, stage and other media purposes. Alongside your course, you will also be developing your own portfolio of evidence to showcase your skills and expertise. 

The Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make-up Technical Level Qualification has been developed to support you in gaining meaningful employment or self-employment. It is suitable for students who are over 16 years of age and have completed the level 2 beauty related qualification, or equivalent.

You will be learning the specific practical skills that employers and leading industry experts identified as key to working in this ever-growing industry.  The focus on the course is the development of practical skills with the underpinning theory aspects of the skills and those of the industry.  You will also be developing your essential communication and customer service skills with consideration for environmental and sustainability skills.

The make-up artistry industry is exceptionally rewarding but very competitive.  Please start to think about what sets you apart from others.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 relevant qualification.
Require English OR Maths at grade 4 or above

  • a successful interview with a tutor
  • the ability to study independently
  • a genuine interest in the subject
  • good communication skills
  • hardworking approach towards the industry                                         


Qualification Obtained

Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make-up

Essential Skills – English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

At Blackpool and The Fylde College we recognise that all students learn differently and for some it may be a return to the classroom following a break from formal learning. Our tutors work with you to ensure that their teaching methods support the way that you like to learn.

One key teaching and learning method is that of demonstrations. Your tutors ensure that demonstrations are used whenever possible so you can see the practical skill being used so you can then practice the skill. You will work collaboratively with your peers in group work, presentations and within practical salon sessions. Following demonstrations you will then have hands on practical time where you will be learning the practical make-up and creative hairdressing skills. You will be required to model for your peers as well so you can experience the therapies first hand. 

There will be dedicated individual/self-study time on your programme which needs to be supported by your own study out of the College learning environments. Online learning is also a key element of all our courses and will involve you using our Moodle platform for independent study and learning.

Within the curriculum we also use a range of online apps to support, enhance and motivate learning. Your tutors will support you with new technologies used in the classroom.

Your tutors will support you in preparing for your examinations alongside your own responsibility for your learning.

For 16 - 18 year olds - subject to prior qualification maths and English study hours may vary. 13 hours technical class contact with either 3.8 hours additional for GCSE maths and 3.8 hours additional for GCSE English or 1.5 hours for each functional skill. This will be calculated and confirmed at enrolment. 

For 19 + students your work schedule will include up to 13 hours per week (including the 1.5 hours progress tutor meetings and 1 hour in your core unit session).

These hours will be workshop based in our make-up suite, hairdressing salons, computer suites or theory workrooms.  It is expected that you will then be required to spend the same number of hours on independent research and study outside of the work shop environment.

Your work placement hours will need to meet the minimum required of 30 hours per year.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
Disabled Confident
Top 50 Training Providers