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Media Make-Up

This qualification has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in; the creative art of cutting or dressing hair, how to provide effective shampooing and conditioning services, the artistic skill of colouring and lightening hair and how to provide a good consultation service for your clients.

The purpose of this qualification is to develop your practical skills to a high level of occupational ability to enable you to perform your own salon services.

Career Destinations

We are proud that our students go onto careers including:

  • Hairdressing
  • Salon Manager
  • Progress onto a Level 3 Hair Dressing Course

What can I do next?

After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose to:

  • Progress to Level 3 Hairdressing
  • Enter employment in this industry
  • Apply to Level 2 Barbering
  • Apply to Level 2 Beauty Therapy
  • Apply to Level 2 Hair and Media Make-Up

What will I be doing?

This is a one-year programme that will enable you to develop the skills essential for employment in the hairdressing industry, working in a hairdresser and all other aspects of the hairdressing industry.

Topics covered include:

  • Consultation
  • Shampoo & Conditioning
  • Cutting Women's Hair
  • Colouring
  • Styling
  • Promotion
  • Communication Skills & Personal Presentation
  • Health & Safety

Added Extras

  • With a total of eleven hairdressing and beauty salons, Inspires is one of the largest and most advanced salons of any college in the country and is open to members of the public.
  • You will be interacting with customers daily to not only hone your creative skills but improve your business understanding and customer service abilities.
  • During your time at HRC, you will be taught by tutors and lecturers with a wealth of experience in the industry who have worked for high-end and well-known brands including Label M and Wella.


How will I be assessed?

Your theory and practical knowledge will be assessed throughout the year by your tutors, in preparation for a formal end of year assessment/exam covering practical and theory knowledge.

Entry requirements

  • Grade 3 Maths and Grade 3 English
  • To demonstrate good attendance and timekeeping, the ability to meet deadlines and have excellent skills development.
  • To have a creative flair, a genuine interest in the hairdressing industry, good personal presentation and communication skills.

We welcome applicants who are already working in the industry and are looking to gain a new qualification.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

There are some items you will need to purchase in advance of the course which you should expect to replace as and when you need to during the year.

You will need to purchase personal stationery.  Kit and uniform are ordered and purchased by students.  Kits are non-refundable once the course starts.

For students progressing from within the department, previous kit items could be appropriate but additional items may need to be purchased (depending on previous course).

Payment for optional enrichment activities are detailed throughout the year.

If you think you would benefit from financial support, we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria.

Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fee Information

Free to Home students under 19 on 31st August 2023.

If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2023, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2022/2023 and could be subject to change for 2023/2024).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list. Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition.

You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change

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