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This course is designed for 16-18 year olds.

The VTCT Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up Level 2 Diploma qualification is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed hair and make-up artist. 

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy (make-up) and hairdressing qualifications and is recognised by the UK's leading professional bodies for preparing learners for a career as a junior hair and make-up artist. 

Waltham Forest College is putting sustainability at the heart of everything that we do, and in this course, you will learn about the environment and how salons are working to become sustainable by introducing energy and water saving techniques, sourcing environmentally certified and/or vegan products and by recycling, for example, the use of hair to help repair damaged eco-systems in a large-scale oil spillage.

The course is scheduled over 3-4 days per week and will be a mixture of theory and practical lessons. 

The College has links with local industry.

  • Sector Overview

    Hair and beauty services in the UK offer a range of opportunities and career paths. The sector is made of local, national and international salons, spas, barber shops and salon chains. 

    Hair and beauty service providers, including salons and freelancer practitioners, contributed £5.1bn to the UK economy in 2022. 

    The industry supported 550,000 jobs in 2022 and there are more than?46,000 hair and beauty businesses?operating in the UK; 379,000 of these jobs were supported directly by the industry itself, with the hair and beauty services sector supporting direct employment of 209,000 alone. This means the personal care sector represented 1.1% of total jobs in the UK in 2022.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • 4 GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or above including maths and English
    • Assessment 
    • Interview

    If required, you will study GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths alongside your course so you can progress onto the next level.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • The art of dressing hair
    • The art of photographic make-up
    • Apply make-up
    • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
    • Follow health and safety practice in the salon
    • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
    • Cut women's hair
    • Colour and lighten hair
    • Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp
    • Themed face painting
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Written tasks
    • Online exams
    • Practical assessments
  • Enrichment

    To further enhance your progression, you will take part in trips and visits, such as Professional Beauty and Salon International. You will also have access to key employers that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and create your future.

    As well as your main qualification you will have the opportunity to gain experience in the following - Male Grooming Workshops, Men's Creative Colouring and Men's creative styling. 

    Our Student Common Room is also a great place to unwind and relax during your breaks. It features pool tables, table tennis, a gaming corner and lots of comfy sofas so you can refresh before your next lesson.  

    Themed events are held in the Common Room so you can get the best experience of being a Waltham Forest College student.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete 36 hours (1 week) of external work placement which is an essential part of the programme. Some of the opportunities will include placements with employers such as Still Unisex Hair Salon and Ali Barbers.

  • Progression opportunities

    The completion of this course will allow you to progress onto:

    • Hairdressing VTCT (NVQ) Diploma Level 2
    • Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up VTCT Diploma Level 3
    • Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-Up Studies VTCT Diploma Level 3
  • Alumni

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 95% of barbering learners progressed into employment within the barbering industry.

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