VTCT Level 3 Extended Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make-up

Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT3ED6 GLH: 0 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6988/6 Units: 0 - 20 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 Theatrical and Media Make-up 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, providing hair and make-up services in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, a learner will ideally hold a Level 2 qualification or equivalent in hairdressing or beauty therapy.

What does this qualification cover?


This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for theatrical and media make-up and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Health and safety in the salon
- Cosmetic make-up science
- Media make-up
- Style and fit postiche
- Photographic make-up
- Anatomy and physiology for make-up services
- Airbrush make-up
- Cosmetic camouflage
- False eyelash application

Throughout this qualification, 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 provide a wide range of creative make-up services in media, theatre, and fashion and photographic settings. Learners will also style and fit hair pieces and apply false eyelashes as well as understand the related cosmetic science that underpins the subject. 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 three optional units. A variety of optional units are available which include (this list is not exhaustive): style hair using a variety of techniques, individual eyelash extensions, create and cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps, plan a showcase event, colour theory, visual arts concepts, design visualisation, and face and body art.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?


This qualification is one of two VTCT technical level qualifications in theatrical and media make-up. In addition to this qualification there is the Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical and Media Make-up, both qualify learners to become make-up artists.

At 475 to 580 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 theatrical media and make-up, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills.

The Diploma at 410 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.

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 specialist make-up artist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

- Professional make-up artistry settings working with performers
- Theatre, film, print media, photographic studios
- Beauty and/or hair salons
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home based settings
- National Health Service
- Product manufacturing and training

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
- specialist hair and scalp services

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 theatrical and media 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
BT3ED6.EX1 External Examination 1 BT3ED6 3
BT3ED6.EX2 External Examination 2 BT3ED6 3
BT3ED6.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT3ED6 3
Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT118M T/507/5457 Photographic make-up 3 60
UBT120M L/507/5464 Anatomy and physiology for make-up services 3 20
UBT122M D/507/5467 Airbrush make-up 3 60
UBT124M M/507/5473 Cosmetic make-up science 3 30
UBT126M J/507/5477 Media make-up 3 70
UBT127M R/507/5479 Style and fit postiche 3 60
UBT155M T/507/5510 Cosmetic camouflage 3 60
UBT87M A/507/5511 False eyelash application 2 20
UCO28M L/507/5626 Health and safety in the salon 3 30
Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT123X K/507/5472 Individual eyelash extensions 3 20
UBT128X L/507/5481 Colour theory 3 25
UBT129X R/507/5482 Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques 3 60
UBT132X Y/507/5483 Face and body art 3 60
UBT150X K/507/5505 Create and cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps 3 50
UBT151X M/507/5506 Plan a showcase event 3 40
UBT89X Y/507/5516 Design visualisation 3 25
UBT94X L/507/5531 Visual arts concept 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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Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Central Bedfordshire College - Dunstable Campus 01582 477776 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Therapy Learning Centre - Bedfordshire 07956 539922 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Newbury College 01635 584500 Visit website Berkshire - West Berkshire
City of Bristol College - Ashley Down Centre 0117 312 5000 Visit website Bristol, City of
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus 0117 909 2357 Visit website Bristol, City of
Amersham and Wycombe College - Amersham Campus 01494 585555 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Aylesbury College 01296 588588 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
The College of West Anglia - Isle Campus 01945 582561 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Peterborough Regional College 0845 872 8722 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Cheshire College – South & West 01270 654654 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Macclesfield College 01625 410000 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Warrington & Vale Royal College - Hartford 01606 74444 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire West and Chester
Riverside College Halton - Kingsway Campus 0151 257 2800 Visit website Cheshire - Halton
MelVicMakeup Academy Ltd 07816 224009 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
Warrington & Vale Royal College 01925 494494 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College - Tregye Campus 01872 267156 Visit website Cornwall
Carlisle College 01228 822700 Visit website Cumbria
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Buxton and Leek College - Buxton Campus 01298 330620 Visit website Derbyshire
Chesterfield College 01246 500500 Visit website Derbyshire
University of Derby Buxton 01298 330631 Visit website Derbyshire
Petroc - Barnstaple Campus 01271 338157 Visit website Devon
The Bournemouth and Poole College of FE 01202 205205 Visit website Dorset - Bournemouth
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
Darlington College 01325 503072 Visit website Durham - Darlington
Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295111 Visit website Durham - Hartlepool
Stockton Riverside College 01642 865400 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
East Sussex College Group - Eastbourne Campus 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College Group - Lewes Campus 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Sussex Coast College Hastings 01424 458395 Visit website East Sussex
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College 01273 667788 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy - Chelmsford College 01245 265611 Visit website Essex
South Essex College of Further and Higher Education - Basildon Campus 0845 521 2345 Visit website Essex
South Essex College of Further and Higher Education - Southend Campus 0845 521 2345 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
South Essex College of Further and Higher Education - Thurrock Campus 0845 521 2345 Visit website Essex - Thurrock
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
Aqua Rosa Training Centre 0161 850 9582 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Newall Green High School - Sixth Form Centre 0161 413 8839 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty 0161 236 7181 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Harpurhey Campus 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Moston Campus 0161 920 4414 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Northenden Campus 0161 614 8000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Openshaw Campus 01785 774100 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The School of Nails and Make-up 0161 777 6926 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Oldham College 0161 785 4070 Visit website Greater Manchester - Oldham
Stockport College 0161 296 5000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Stockport
AHEd - Peter Symonds College 01962 886166 Visit website Hampshire
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360000 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
Havant & South Downs College 023 9279 7995 Visit website Hampshire
Southampton City College 023 8057 7221 Visit website Hampshire
North Hertfordshire College - Hitchin Campus 01462 424242 Visit website Hertfordshire
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
West Herts College 01923 812500 Visit website Hertfordshire
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
East Kent College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
East Kent College - Folkestone 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Mid-Kent College - Maidstone Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent
North Kent College - Dartford 01322 629400 Visit website Kent
TNB Skills Training - Folkestone 01303 256305 Visit website Kent
Mid-Kent College - Medway Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent - Medway
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
Blackpool and the Fylde College - Bispham Campus 01253 504625 Visit website Lancashire - Blackpool
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
New College Stamford 01780 484300 Visit website Lincolnshire
Barnet and Southgate College 020 3764 8000 Visit website London - Barnet
Lashes Academy 07429 923657 Visit website London - Brent
Queens Beauty Academy - Alperton 07747 603333 Visit website London - Brent
TLT Academy Ltd 020 8462 3662 Visit website London - Bromley
Queens Beauty Academy Ltd 07747 603333 Visit website London - Camden
The Beauty Training Centre Ltd 07943 868678 Visit website London - Enfield
Bromley College of Further & Higher Education (LSEC) - Greenwich Campus 0208 295 7000 Visit website London - Greenwich
Shooters Hill Sixth Form College 0208 319 9700 Visit website London - Greenwich
West London College 020 7565 1200 Visit website London - Hammersmith and Fulham
City and Islington College 020 7700 9200 Visit website London - Haringey
HCUC Harrow 020 8909 6451 Visit website London - Harrow
Therapy Learning Centre 07956 539922 Visit website London - Havering
West Thames College 020 8326 2000 Visit website London - Hounslow
New City College - Ilford Campus 020 8548 7167 Visit website London - Redbridge
New City College - Redbridge Campus 020 8548 7400 Visit website London - Redbridge
Aglaea Hair Academy 020 7924 7760 Visit website London - Wandsworth
South Thames College 020 8918 7702 Visit website London - Wandsworth
St Helens College - Knowsley Campus 0151 477 5850 Visit website Merseyside - Knowsley
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Element5 Training 07968 226479 Visit website Merseyside - Sefton
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
LivAva Training Academy 0151 651 0101 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
The College of West Anglia - King's Lynn Campus 01553 761144 Visit website Norfolk
The Norfolk Hair and Beauty Training Academy 07703 006592 Visit website Norfolk
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
York College 01904 770200 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
North Nottinghamshire College 01909 504504 Visit website Nottinghamshire
West Nottinghamshire College 01623 627191 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Abingdon and Witney College - Abingdon Campus 01235 216220 Visit website Oxfordshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Witney Campus 01235 216220 Visit website Oxfordshire
Banbury and Bicester College part of Activate Learning 0808 168 6626 Visit website Oxfordshire
City of Oxford College part of Activate Learning 01865 550550 Visit website Oxfordshire
North Shropshire College - Oswestry Campus 01691 688000 Visit website Shropshire
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
Health Academics 01934 713625 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Barnsley College 01226 216710 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 513333 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College 01709 362111 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Interserve Learning and Employment (Services) Limited 0114 251 9210 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
The Sheffield College 0114 260 2600 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
Burton and South Derbyshire College 01283 494774 Visit website Staffordshire
Buxton and Leek College - Leek Campus 0800 074 0099 Visit website Staffordshire
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Guildford College of Further and Higher Education 01483 448500 Visit website Surrey
Boldon School 0191 536 2176 Visit website Tyne and Wear - South Tyneside
City of Sunderland College 0191 511 6000 Visit website Tyne and Wear - Sunderland
City of Sunderland College - Hylton Skills Campus 0191 511 6000 Visit website Tyne and Wear - Sunderland
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College 024 7624 3000 Visit website Warwickshire
Bournville College 0121 477 1300 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Digbeth Campus 0121 6945000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Hall Green Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Handsworth Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
University College Birmingham 0121 604 1000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Dudley College of Technology 01384 363000 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education 0121 556 6000 Visit website West Midlands - Sandwell
Solihull College 0121 678 7000 Visit website West Midlands - Solihull
Bradford College 01274 433333 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
In House Training Ltd 01924 500647 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Inhouse Community Learning 01924 500647 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
The White Rose School of Health and Beauty 01484 510625 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Leeds City College - The Printworks Campus 0113 284 6362 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Heart of Worcestershire College - Redditch 01527 572522 Visit website Worcestershire
Heart of Worcestershire College - Worcester 01905 726631 Visit website Worcestershire
Kidderminster College 01562 512022 Visit website Worcestershire
South Eastern Regional College - Bangor Campus 028 9127 6600 Visit website Ards and North Down
Belfast Metropolitan College - Titanic Quarter Campus 028 9026 5269 Visit website Belfast
Belfast Metropolitan College - Castlereagh Campus 028 9026 3130 Visit website Lisburn and Castlereagh
South Eastern Regional College - Lisburn Campus 028 9266 7725 Visit website Lisburn and Castlereagh
Coleg Gwent - Crosskeys Campus 01495 333460 Visit website Caerphilly
Cardiff and Vale College - City Centre Campus 029 2025 0450 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg Y Cymoedd - Ystrad Mynach 01443 816888 Visit website Cardiff
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Llandrillo 01492 546666 Visit website Conwy
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Coleg Gwent - Newport Campus 01633 466000 Visit website Newport
NPTC Group - Brecon 0845 408 6400 Visit website Powys
Coleg y Cymoedd - Aberdare 01685 887500 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg Cambria - Yale Campus 0300 30 30 007 Visit website Wrexham