Makeup and Hair Qualifications

BTEC, ITEC VTCT & HND makeup & hair qualifications for specialist artists

Nationally & Internationally recognised make-up & hair qualifications plus the best training makes Brushstroke the No.1 choice for aspiring artists.

Makeup Qualifications – BTEC, ITEC, VTCT and HND

Brushstroke professional training is of the very highest standard whichever course you choose. If you enrol on one of our BTEC or ITEC diploma courses you can also work towards gaining some important make-up qualifications. As an approved training provider for BTEC, ITEC, VTCT and HND we offer 5 courses:

2 Year Make-Up & Hair (BTEC level 3 diploma) 

7 Month Make-Up & Hair (ITEC level 3 diploma)

HND Make-Up & Hair (HND level 5 diploma) 

1 Year Hairdressing, Barbering & Colouring (ITEC level 2 diploma)

2 Month Barbering (VTCT level 2 certificate)

Under our guidance, students gain specialist knowledge and learn practical skills. We train them so they have everything they need to succeed as make-up and hair artists in film, TV, stage and fashion.

Brushstroke Entry Requirements

Brushstroke is not government-funded which means we can set our own entry requirements. Top of the list for us are commitment and a passion for enhancing or changing the human face (and body) through make-up and hair. If you have a desire to reach the highest standards we can help you become a professional artist ready to make your mark in film, TV, stage or fashion.

BTEC Nationals

BTEC Nationals are the equivalent to A Levels and are the most widely-recognised qualifications should you wish to try for higher education. Indeed, BTECs are regarded as one of the most valuable of the vocational qualifications. Brushstroke BTEC make-up qualification courses come under the category of ‘Production Arts (Make-Up)’.


Students complete a range of assignments, research and practical activities, as well as a portfolio of work carried out during the course. Assessment takes place at our make-up training facilities by Brushstroke qualified assessors as well as approved BTEC verifiers.



ITEC is a qualification recognised in over 38 countries. It gives students the kind of knowledge and practical skills they need to become make-up and hair artists in film, TV stage and fashion. ITEC qualifications are well known and recognised around the world for high standards of training and employability. Our ITEC make-up qualification courses come under the category of ‘Fashion, Theatre & Media Make-up, and Hairdressing & Barbering’.

Assessment of Brushstroke ITEC Qualifications

Students are assessed in a number of ways: online examinations, assignments, case studies and practical activities, as well as a portfolio of completed work. They are all assessed by a combination of our tutors and external assessors.

Makeup and Hair Diploma Courses

2 Year
Makeup & Hair

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Our most thorough training to prepare you for a career as an artist in TV, film, stage and fashion.


7 Month
MakeUp & Hair

ITEC Level 3 Diploma

The ideal course for those wanting to change career or work round family commitments.


1 Year
Haird & Barbering 

VTCT Level 2 Diploma

An intensive course taught by Toni & Guy trained tutors to complete your training as a versatile artist.

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HND Level 5 Diploma

Performing Arts- Make-up

This course is an optional 1-year extension of the 2-Year BTEC Make-up & Hair Course.

Useful Contacts


An independent charity, UCAS supports young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


To get a general overview of these vocational qualifications visit the BTEC Nationals website. Then you can find out about the kind of BTEC qualification offered by Brushstroke.


The ITEC website will help you understand more about the qualification offered by Brushstroke.

UK Government

Details about UK qualification levels can be found on the government website.

More Information


Our Tutors

Proper professional training from our tutors will set you on the road to becoming a skilled makeup artist.


Leaving School?

Leaving school at 16 means you can train as a makeup artist with Brushstroke.


Changing Career?

Changing career to become a makeup artist is within your reach – with Brushstroke training behind you.


Makeup Artistry

There’s a range of makeup artist roles to chose from. From film and TV to stage, theater and photographic shoots



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