VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-Up Artistry (QCF)

Course Outline

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry (QCF) is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a make-up artist. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a make-up artist.


The VTCT 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.
This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist including mandatory units covering the following: applying make-up, instruction on make-up, fashion and photographic make-up, media make-up, camouflage make-up, airbrush make-up and promoting products and services.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and cosmetic products and equipment. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to prepare the skin and apply a variety of make-up products using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills, which will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

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Career Opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a make-up artist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a make-up artist. Career opportunities as a make-up artist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial beauty salons
  • Working in a retail concession in a department store
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is one of two VTCT qualifications in beauty therapy make-up at Level 3. Whilst both qualifications qualify you to become a make-up artist, this qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients.

In contrast, the VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make-up (QCF) has a purpose of confirming competence in a specific job role, rather than preparing you to enter the sector. The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make-up (QCF) also requires you to work in a commercial salon whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

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Course Modules

Mandatory – from this group you’ll need to cover a minimum of 9 units and earn a minimum of 47 credits.

Unit CodeUnit ReferenceUnit TitleLevelCreditsGLH
UV20437J/601/4222Apply make-up2541
UV20438L/601/4223Instruction on make-up application2534
UV20492T/600/8769Promote products and services to clients in a salon2328
UV30409D/601/4355Camouflage make-up3760
UV30431T/601/3566Media make-up3760
UV30440J/601/5466Design and apply face and body art3651
UV30441M/601/5509Fashion and photographic make-up3766
UV30468T/601/4457Client care and communication in beauty-related industries3328
UV30491R/600/8780Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon3429
UV30406R/601/3932Design and apply Mendhi Skin decoration 3434