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Our Hair and Media Make-Up courses give you the opportunity to work in our exceptional on-site salon Inspires. Taking on this course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of creative fields, including freelance and progression to Level 3

What makes Hair and Media-Make up at HRC special?

  • We are proud to have a 99% pass rate (2017-2018)
  • 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, tutors and lecturers with a wealth of experience in the industry who have worked for high-end and well-known brands including Kyrolan will teach you.
  • Trips and visits are seriously fun, including going backstage at major West End theatre productions such as Aladdin

What do our students say?

"I've learnt so much from this course, I am so glad that I chose to study at HRC"

"Getting to learn in a salon really helps you get a feel for what it's like to work in the industry"

What can I do next?

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

  • Enter into employment in this industry
  • Progression onto Level 3 Hair and Media Make-Up
  • Apply to Level 2 Hairdressing

We're proud that our students go onto careers including:

  • Hairdresser
  • Freelance Hairdresser and Make-Up Artist
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Salon Manager
  • Television Hair and Make-Up Artist

What will I be doing?

This is a one-year programme that will enable you to develop the skills essential for employment in the Hair and Media Make-up industry, working in a salon, theatre, music, freelance and all other aspects of media. Topics covered include face and body art, day, evening and special occasion make-up, fashion and photographic make-up, creative hairdressing and style.

Added Extras

There's lots of perks to this course, including:

  • Trips to exciting locations which in the past have included behind-the-scenes talks to recreate the stage make-up for Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre in London
  • Opportunities to build your employability skills, including workshops run by leading names in the industry
  • Taking part in exciting projects and events, such as fashion shows
  • Students will also be involved in community projects, such as the annual Cancer Research Pamper Evening
  • Hair and Beauty students are also frequent winners at the annual HRC Diversity Awards where they regularly submit styles for a runway show that celebrates diversity

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?

To take on this course you will need:

  • A 4 or above in English Language/Literature
  • 176 GCSE entry points, or have a Level 1 Diploma with a Merit grade
  • 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 Hair and Media Make-Up 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.


There is also a £150 enrolment fee which covers the costs of the trips and guest speakers for the course. This would need to be paid at enrolment.


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 those under 19 on 31st August 2019.

If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2019, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £8500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

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