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Beauty Therapy Courses at Lancaster & Morecambe College

Theatrical & Media Make-up Level 3

egg-timerFull Time
arrowLevel 3
hat16-18, Adult FT
calendar1 Year
pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 04/09/2023

This Course is aimed at individuals who have an interest in working within make-up or hair in the TV, film or theatre industry or would like to progress onto University on a relevant Beauty Therapy course. Although not crucial, it is preferred that you have completed the Level 2 Media Make-up & Hair course or a Level 2 in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy course before progressing onto this Level 3 course, as this will provide you with a skill set in readiness for the Level 3 course and it’s more challenging content.

On completion of the course you will not only gain a Level 3 diploma from City and Guilds - you will also be awarded 32 UCAS points which can be used to assist entry into University.

Course Overview

You will be required to attend College for 3 days a week and will be expected to a significant amount of home study.

A large part of the course will focus on practical elements where you will take part in workshops and training. There will also be some theory sessions each week where you will gain relevant knowledge to support you in exam preparation, revision and achievement.

This course offers industry relevant areas of study that include:

  • Health & Safety

  • Principles of studio photography

  • Airbrush Make Up

  • Face and Body Art

  • Fashion & Photographic Make Up

  • Creative Hair Design

  • Media Make Up

  • Prosthetic Pieces & Bald Caps

This course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including assignments, coursework, practical performance, exam and portfolio presentation.

Each year there are various trips organised by the department which relate to your course - some are free and others may incur a small cost. One example is our visit to Media City Manchester on the BBC tour.

The College also welcomes in guest speakers including Steiner Cruise Liner representatives who carry out a presentation about what is involved when working on a cruise ship and inform students about their recruitment days. We have also had guest speakers from make-up companies such as Kryolan, who carry out workshops with the group.

In addition we also encourage students to take part in internal competitions between their peers throughout the year.

Industry Links

As part of this course you will take part in a 2 week work placement in a hair & beauty environment of your choice, this may include a beauty salon, hair salon or make-up counter.

Over the last few years we have also completed group work in local schools by managing hair & make-up for their dance and drama productions.

We believe it is important for you to get as much industry experience as possible so we encourage students to carry out voluntary work in local theatres, dance studios and at themed events. This helps students practice their skills as well as get their name known by people in the industry.

Progression Routes

Some students choose to continue their studies at LMC on relevant courses e.g. Hairdressing Level 3 and Beauty Therapy Level 3, while others progression onto university education.

In addition to this, many students choose to progress into work in the Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy industries in a variety of exciting roles, such as:

  • Beauty Consultant

  • Hairdresser

  • Beauty Therapy

  • TV Set Make-up Artist

  • Bridal Make-up Artist

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in this industry.

Entry Requirements

To study this course, you must:

  • Have enthusiasm for the subject area

  • Show evidence of good skills in practical subjects

  • Complete a satisfactory DBS check

  • Enjoy working with other people & possess good interpersonal skills

  • Show a commitment to study

You must also have 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher, including English and Maths OR a related Level 2 qualification PLUS grade C/4 or higher in both English and Maths.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you.

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: A30015-A1A