Level 3 Diploma in Makeup Techniques (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

With this course, you will learn the skills and knowledge required to pursue a successful career as an employed and/or self-employed Makeup Artist. You will learn how to successfully promote and sell retail products, provide a range of makeup services such as bridal makeup, airbrushing and eyelash extensions as well as gain a stronger understanding of the science behind cosmetic products.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Photographic makeup
  • Promote and sell products and services
  • Anatomy and physiology for makeup services
  • Bridal makeup
  • Airbrush makeup
  • Individual eyelash extensions
  • Cosmetic makeup science
  • False eyelash application
  • Client care and communication
  • Health and safety in the salon

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through ongoing practical observations carried out within a realistic working environment, portfolio evidence, external examinations and a graded synoptic assessment.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have a level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Makeup or equivalent.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,725 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have many career opportunities to choose from such as working in a salon, employment with a huge multi-national makeup brand, such as MAC, Nars or Bobbi Brown, or you might decide to become a freelance Makeup Artist.

Alternatively, you may choose to expand your knowledge and skill set by progressing on to the level 3 Diploma in Nail Technologies or degree level study at other universities.

Additional Information

As part of this programme you are required to wear a uniform. There is also a kit required to complete your assessments which can be purchased from a recommended supplier. You may be eligible for financial support to cover these costs.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

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Why study Beauty, Nails, Makeup and Spa Therapies with us?

Enrichment Activities

Enhance your skills with enrichment activities such as ear piercing and casualty makeup.

Extensive Courses

We have a diverse range of courses with excellent progression opportunities.

Experienced Tutors

Tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach. 

Industry Competitions

Stand out from the crowd with prestigious competitions such as WorldSkills and AHT.

Creative Environment

Develop your creativity and skills in our modern, commercial beauty salon and spa, The Lounge. 

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You will work with the latest salon brands such as Dermalogica, MAC and Star Nail.