Where will this course lead?

This is an ideal first qualification in Theatrical Make Up, which could lead to employment or further education. It allows you to re-take your GCSE in English and Maths while building up your Level 2 grade profile so you can progress to further studies at Level 3.

What will I study?

Do you want a future in the professional makeup industry? This Level 2 course is based on practical assignments which often involve educational trips and exhibitions, giving you the opportunity to develop skills in a range of specialist make-up techniques for fashion, film and theatre. You will also learn how to create and apply prosthetics and special effect make up including bruising and scars. As this is an art qualification you will also learn how to draw and photograph your make up skills and techniques.

What qualifications will I get?

UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design

How will I be assessed?

The course is classroom based with individual, small team and wider group workshops, exploring and developing ideas, designing looks, creating prosthetics and makeup application. Your work will be assessed through a range of practical assignments. Seven out of the eight units studied through the assignments are done on a pass/referral basis, with the final assignment being graded pass, merit or distinction, which determines the overall grade for the qualification. In order to obtain the UAL Level 2 Diploma, all assignments must be successfully completed. Design boards and sketchbooks are used to document the development of your ideas throughout each assignment and should contain your initial research, visual studies, design development and experimentation, along with your final designs and evaluation.

How do I get a place on the course?

You should apply through the College application process, via the website, telephone, or open events etc.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have at least one of the following: 2 GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above including English Language, or; 2 GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above and Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English, or; Level 1 qualification in a relevant vocational subject and either GCSE English Language at grade D / grade 3 or above or Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills English.

On interview you are requested to present a portfolio of images showing photographs of your makeup work and/or illustrations of your designs. You will also take part in a workshop day where you skills will be assessed.


You will continue to develop your English and Maths skills at Stratford-upon-Avon College.

If you join us with…

A* - C grade / 9 - 4 grade GCSE You will study your Core Qualification while continuing to develop literacy and numeracy skills.

D or E grade / 3 or 2 grade GCSE You will enrol on a GCSE resit class and prepare to retake the exam. All students are subject to diagnostic testing and in some circumstances students who have achieved an E or 2 grade may study a Functional Skills qualification.

F or below grade / 2 or below grade GCSE You will take an appropriate Functional Skills course, a recognised qualification and stepping stone to develop your skills in readiness to retake your GCSE at a later point.

What else do I need to know?

A full makeup kit is required for the course. Details will be given on how to order this before the course starts. Study visits to museums and exhibitions are included in the programme. Additional visits where applicable for specific coursework input, are also required. Students must access the make-up studios off timetable to continue working on coursework and complete private study of at least three hours a week.

What can I do after this course?

Successful completion can lead to Level 3 study.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time