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

Attendance - Full time three days a week over 1 year This qualification has been designed specifically to develop your practical skills to an advanced level through a variety of techniques in media, special effects and camouflage make-up. You will learn how to apply small prosthetic pieces and bald caps, style and fit postiche and the art of airbrush make-up.

You will study units such as:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon

  • Client care and communication in beauty related industries

  • Apply airbrush make-up to the face

  • Camouflage make-up

  • Media make-up

  • Fashion and photographic make-up

  • Style and fit postiche

  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps

  • Wig services

  • Provide self-tanning

  • Create and cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps

  • Design and apply face and body art

  • Fantasy hair design for performers

  • Additional Information

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
  • NVQ/VRQ Level 2 qualification in one of the following: Hair and Media Make up / Hairdressing / Beauty Therapy Relevant experience (for mature applicants) will be considered

2 GCSEs including English Language at Grade A* - D or equivalent Good literacy and Numeracy skills Interview

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?

The following progression routes are open to you: Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management Employment into the industry

Study Methods

Industry standard workshops Demonstrations Assignments, written and practical assessments Salon sessions Educational visits to trade shows and exhibitions Presentations by industry professionals i.e Steiner Industry days - Workshops by Industry Professionals
Work placements Promotional events including skills fairs, charity events, open days and evenings. End of year show case


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.