Did You Know?

This qualification is one of two VTCT technical level qualifications in beauty make-up. In addition to this qualification there is a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Beauty Make-up Techniques; both qualify you to become Make-up Artist.

The Diploma is most suitable if you are working  for learners towards achieving Level 2 English and maths or undertaking another qualification in parallel.

As a service-sector qualification, vocational subjects which may complement this qualification include: customer service, business studies and management, marketing, retail, fashion and photography. Academic subjects that may complement this qualification include maths, English, art & design, design & technology and science.

Course Overview

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Make-up Techniques is a technical level qualification aimed at anyone aged 16-18 who is in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wishes to pursue a career as an employed or self-employed make-up artist.

The qualification is based on the national occupational standards for a variety of make-up application techniques and includes all the elements required for you to work effectively as a Make-up Artist.

You will be provided with the widest range of make-up application processes currently available at level 3. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. You will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, successfully promote and retail products, provide a range of make-up services, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the science of cosmetic application products.

In addition, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, your awareness of environmental sustainability and your commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Your problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

This is a Technical Qualification and, on completion, you will gain UCAS points to progress onto Higher Education.

Course Structure

You must achieve all mandatory units which include:

  • Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Client Care and Consultation
  • Photographic Make-up
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Make-up Services
  • Bridal Make-up
  • Airbrush Make-up
  • Individual Eyelash Extensions
  • False Eyelash Application
  • Cosmetic Make-up Science
  • Promote and Sell Products and Services.

In addition to completing mandatory units, you will be required to complete three optional units. A variety of optional units are available which include the following (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Deliver a Make-up Demonstration
  • Hair-up Styles for Special Occasions
  • Asian Bridal Make-up
  • Spray Tanning
  • Manual Tan Application
  • Gel Polish for Nails
  • Design and Apply Nail Art
  • How to Set Up a New Business
  • Managing a Commercial Column
  • Social Media Marketing.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and mathematics at a minimum of Grade C/4.


On successful completion of this qualification, you will be eligible to become a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). As a Make-up Artist, you could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

  • Commercial salons
  • Spas
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
  • Cruise liners
  • Photographer's assistant
  • Department stores.

Alternatively, you may choose to develop your knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:

salon management
advanced face or body make-up

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Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
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