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Qualification Overview

The Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry (QCF) is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a make-up artist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 19 years or over and will 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.

The qualification has been designed for:

Learners seeking employment or self-employment as a Make-Up Artist, it also provides a sound platform into further training at Level 3 and 4 and higher education.


  • Plymouth, Southend and Telford Centres
  • Accredited Qualification

Course Details

Fully Funded for ages 19 and over

Course Length: 2 days per week for 14 weeks, 09.15-16.15. Courses run in line with the school academic year and we therefore have breaks for half-terms, Easter, Christmas and the Summer holidays.

Type: Blended learning – classroom based and e-learning; 2 days a week and home study (recommended 10 hours a week)

Entry Requirements

Ages 19+

Applicants will also be required to complete a functional skills test upon enrolment.

Qualification Structure and Units

Apply make-up

(covers recognition of face shapes and corrective makeup)

This unit is about providing make-up for a variety of occasions, including day, evening and special occasions. You will be able to work with a variety of skin types and apply a wide range of make-up products to different skin tones and age groups. You will need to maintain effective health, safety and  hygiene throughout your work.


Instruction of all make-up products

(covers recognition of face shapes and corrective make-up)

This unit is about providing make-up instruction and giving advice to clients from a variety of age groups and for a range of different purposes.You will be able to advise and instruct on the correct use of tools, equipment and the application of make-up products to suit a variety of clients’ needs. To carry out this unit you will need to maintain effective health, safety and hygiene throughout your work


Promote products and services to clients in a salon

Through this unit you will develop a sound knowledge of the products and services offered in your salon. You will learn how to promote these products and services by providing accurate information, describing the benefits and features to your clients, being able to identify buying signals, secure an agreement and close a sale.


Camouflage make-up

This unit is about providing skin camouflage applications to cover a wide range of often complex conditions, designed to restore the skin colouration of the surrounding skin tone. It also covers the use of a variety of specialist camouflage products.


Media make-up

To include characters, ageing and casualty effect

This unit is about special effects and media make-up. You will learn how to create casualty effects  and character looks, using the application of small prosthetics. Consultation and design briefing, including the use of mood boards, are key elements of this unit.


Design and apply face and body art

This unit is about the design and application of face and body art. The knowledge and practical skills achieved in this unit include research and design and may include manual and airbrush techniques. You will be required to maintain effective health, safety, hygiene and client care throughout your work.


Fashion and photographic make-up

This unit is about designing and applying fashion and photographic make-up and includes incorporating current fashion trends, historical/period and special occasion make-up. You will also learn about make-up for both colour and black and white photography.


Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon

Through this unit you will develop your skills in a supervisory role focusing on health and safety within your salon.You will recognise salon hazards, carry out risk assessments and then implement the necessary actions. You will monitor and support your colleagues to ensure your salon complies with  health and safety requirements.  You will implement and supervise salon procedures for all aspects of salon safety and security including the need for insurance.


Client care and communication in beauty-related industries

This is a preparation for work unit which is based on capability and knowledge. This unit is about client care and communication in beauty-related industries. You will develop your ability to adapt the provision of client care and your communication skills, to the needs of different clients, as well as learn how to manage client expectations.


Useful Information

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a make-up artist.

This qualification is recognised by all relevant professional bodies within the Fashion and Media Make-up Industry for membership and insurance purposes at Level 3.

Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance can be obtained via The Complementary Therapist Association ( and other Industry Associations who recognise the Diploma.


Once  Learners have achieved the Level 3 Diploma in Make Up Artistry they may progress on to other qualifications at Level 3 and 4, for example:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Media Make-up – Specification
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Beauty Therapy 
  • Level 3 Certificate in Facial Electrical Treatments
  • Level 3 Certificate in Body Treatments
  • Level 4 Diploma in Spa and Salon Management

Yes, all courses run in line with the school academic year and we therefore have breaks for half-terms, Easter, Christmas and the Summer holidays.