Hair & Beauty
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry is a vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a make-up artist. This qualification is designed to support you to gain employment as a make-up artist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. This is a vocational qualification that includes all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist. Throughout your studies you will develop your understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and cosmetic products and equipment and develop your interpersonal skills which will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

You will study units such as:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Client care and communication in beauty related industries
  • Promote products and services to clients in a salon
  • Design and apply face and body art
  • Instruction on make-up application
  • Apply make-up
  • Media make-up
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Apply airbrush make-up to the face

You will need to purchase textbooks, salon uniform to wear whilst working in salon and an equipment kit to be able to carry out practical treatments. These must be purchased within the first 2 weeks of September or within 2 weeks of enrolling on the course. Uniform must be laundered, well maintained and worn in all practical lessons.

Learners will be required to practice all treatments/services on themselves and each other prior to assessment, to be able to do this learners will have to remove all of their own make-up including false eye lashes, no false nails, no jewellery during practical lessons, this is in order for everyone to gain the relevant practical experience throughout the course.

Dress Code: Nails must be well maintained, short and without nail varnish

  • Make up should be natural looking
  • Hair must be clean, well-cared for and tidy. If your hair is longer than shoulder length, it will need to be tied up in a bun
  • Personal jewellery is not allowed during practical lessons
  • Beards and mustaches must be neatly groomed and trimmed (stubble is not accepted)
Entry Requirements

2 - 4 GCSEs grade A*- D (preferably in maths and English) or a recognised Level 1 qualification.

Assessment Method

How will I be assessed?

  • Continual assessment throughout the course
  • Written assignments
  • Written / online tests
  • Practical assessments
Progression Opportunities

What can I do after the course?

  • Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy
  • Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Employment into the industry
Study Methods

The course is full time and run over 3 days a week over 1 academic year Industry standard workshops and salon sessions Demonstrations Educational visits to trade shows and exhibitions Industry days Presentations and Workshops by Industry Professionals
Work placements Promotional events including skills fairs, charity events, open days and evenings. End of year show case Work Experience


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.