Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT3ED3 GLH: 440 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6981/3 Units: 0 - 25 Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2019
Level: 3

Additional Information

Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 3 Extended Diploma in Beauty Make-up Techniques is a technical level qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed make-up artist.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

What does this qualification cover?


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.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?


This qualification is one of two VTCT technical level qualifications in beauty make-up. In addition to this qualification is the Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Make-up Techniques, both qualify learners to become make-up artists.

At 440 to 495 guided learning hours (GLH), the Extended Diploma is larger and most suited to learners who have achieved English and maths at Level 2 and wish to focus the majority of their programme on beauty make-up techniques, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills.

The Diploma at 365 to 415 GLH is most suitable for learners who continue, as part of their programme of study to work towards achieving Level 2 English and maths, or those undertaking another qualification in parallel. Learners may wish to progress from the Diploma to the Extended Diploma.

Which subjects might complement this qualification?


As a service-sector qualification, vocational subjects which may complement this qualification include, customer service, business studies and management, marketing, retail, fashion and photography. Academic subjects that may complement this qualification include maths, English, art and design, design and technology and science.

What could this qualification lead to?


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
- spas
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- cruise liners
- photographers assistant
- department stores

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:

- salon management
- advanced face or body make-up

Who supports this qualification?


This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been submitted to the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2016, and will be first reported in the technical level category of the 2018 16-19 performance tables.

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the make-up sector. Because of this, the knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:


NameWebsite address
British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetologybabtac.com



Qualification Structure

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
BT3ED3.EX1 External Examination 1 BT3ED3 3
BT3ED3.EX2 External Examination 2 BT3ED3 3
BT3ED3.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT3DE3 3



Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT118M T/507/5457 Photographic make-up 3 60
UBT119M A/507/5458 Promote and sell products and services 3 25
UBT120M L/507/5464 Anatomy and physiology for make-up services 3 20
UBT121M R/507/5465 Bridal make-up 3 30
UBT122M D/507/5467 Airbrush make-up 3 60
UBT123M D/507/5470 Individual eyelash extensions 3 20
UBT124M M/507/5473 Cosmetic make-up science 3 30
UBT87M A/507/5511 False eyelash application 2 20
UBT90M D/507/5517 Client care and consultation 3 20
UCO28M L/507/5626 Health and safety in the salon 3 30



Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT114X R/507/5448 Design and apply nail art 3 30
UBT117X M/507/5456 Gel polish for nails 3 10
UBT125X T/507/5474 Asian bridal make-up 3 30
UBT133X D/507/5484 Deliver a make-up demonstration 3 30
UBT134X K/507/5486 Hair-up styles for special occasions 3 40
UBT146X Y/507/5502 Manual tan application 3 20
UBT153X T/507/5507 Spray tanning 3 20
UCO29X D/507/5629 Salon reception duties 3 25
UCO30X Y/507/5631 Social media marketing for a hair or beauty business 3 25
UCO31X D/507/5632 Planning and implementing promotional activities 3 25
UCO32X T/507/5636 Managing a commercial column 3 25
UCO33X A/507/5637 How to set up and run a new hair or beauty business 3 25



*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
GHQ Training @ Inspirational Nails and Beauty Academy 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
INABT Ltd 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Heanor Gate Science College 01773 716396 Visit website Derbyshire
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Summerhouse Training - Beauty 01452 720288 Visit website Gloucestershire
Vita Skills Limited 0161 222 9640 Visit website Greater Manchester - Salford
AHEd - Peter Symonds College 01962 886166 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
Boston College 01205 365701 Visit website Lincolnshire
Boston College Spalding 01775 715880 Visit website Lincolnshire
Progress to Excellence Limited 01462 488218 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Shrewsbury Colleges Group 01743 342342 Visit website Shropshire
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Kingston College 020 8268 2550 Visit website Surrey
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College 024 7624 3000 Visit website Warwickshire
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Northbrook Metropolitan College 01903 273054 Visit website West Sussex
St Ronan's College 028 3832 3192 Visit website Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon
Edinburgh College - Granton Campus 0131 559 4050 Visit website Edinburgh, City of
Edinburgh College - Milton Road Campus 0131 559 4876 Visit website Edinburgh, City of