This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for a variety of make-up application techniques and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist. Learners 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
This qualification is designed to provide the learner with the widest range of make-up application processes currently available at level 3. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They 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 gain a deeper understanding of the science of cosmetic application products. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.
In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to complete six optional units. A variety of optional units are available which include (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 and social media marketing.
Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). As a make-up artist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:
- commercial salons
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- cruise liners
- photographers assistant
- department stores
A pass is equivalent to 1 A Level and further study may be required at this level to reach the standard for entry to university level courses.