At the Centre of Excellence for Hair, Beauty, Nails and Media Makeup we have recently refurbished contemporary facilities, including hairdressing salons, beauty treatment rooms, brand new nail bar and a state of the art media make up studio. This fantastic setting provides students with the opportunity to run their own salons and showcase their skills to the public.
Our extensive links with prestigious employers provide students with employment opportunities, work placements and training on the latest techniques and products. Our partners include MAC Cosmetics, Lime Pictures, Cruise Liners, Dermalogica, Jessica Nails, San Tropez, Clarins and Clynol. The Centre of Excellence has excellent employments rates within the industry.
Courses available in Hair, Beauty and Media Makeup
See below for the full list of Hair, Beauty, Nail and Media Makeup courses available at Riverside College. Please refer to the entry requirements listed further down the page to help identify which level is right for you.
|Entry Level||Diploma||Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Industry||Kingsway||1 Year|
|2||Technical Certificate||Hairdressing||Kingsway||1 Year|
|3||Advanced Technical Diploma||Hairdressing||Kingsway||1 Year|
|1||Diploma||Beauty Therapy||Kingsway||1 Year|
|2||Technical Certificate||Professional Beauty Therapy||Kingsway||1 Year|
|3||Advanced Technical Diploma||Professional Beauty Therapy (General Route)||Kingsway||1 Year|
|2||Technical Certificate||Professional Nail Services||Kingsway||1 Year|
|3||Advanced Technical Diploma||Professional Nail Services||Kingsway||1 Year|
|Media Make Up|
|2||Technical Certificate||Fashion and Photographic Make Up & Hair||Kingsway||1 Year|
|3||Advanced Technical Diploma||For Film, TV, High Fashion, Bridal and Photographic Work including Special Effects||Kingsway||1 Year|
Once you have made an application to the College you will be invited in for an interview with the admissions team who will help to identify the right course, at the right level to meet your goals and aspirations.
- Hair Stylist
- Beauty Therapist
- Spa Therapist
- Nail Technician
- Colouring Technician
- Spa / Salon Manager
- TV / Film Makeup Artist
- Beauty Consultant
- Freelance Makeup Artist
Celebrity hairdresser, Lee Stafford, opens the Centre of Excellence
More than just a course
The Centre of Excellence has been created by bringing together some of the most outstanding teachers in this industry. The Centre of Excellence also offers students excellent links with high profile employers, the opportunity to enhance their CV with specialist qualifications in the latest industry trends (for example semi-permanent lashes) and take part in extra curricula activities including national competitions.
- Guaranteed jobs with high profile employers for successful students
- Exclusive partnerships with MAC Cosmetics, Lime Pictures (makers of Hollyoaks), Dermalogica, Jessica Nails, San Tropez, Clarins and Swarovski Nails
- National competitions including WorldSkills UK
- Student Scholar Programmes
- Additional industry recognised qualifications in the latest treatments and techniques
- Industry workshops e.g., ear piercing, semi-permanent lashes, face casting and hair extensions.
Completion of Level 2 in the subject, plus a minimum of grade A*-D in English Language and Maths or numerical equivalent. You will also need to attend a trade test and an admissions interview.
A minimum of 4 A* – D GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, including English Language and Maths.
A minimum of 4 A* – E GCSE subject grades or numerical equivalent, including English Language and Maths.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However you will need a keen interest in this subject and have a good level of English Language and Maths.
What could these courses lead on to?
At Riverside College you can progress through the levels from Entry Level to Level 3. By achieving qualifications in Hair, Beauty, Nails and Media Makeup you will be able to access a wide range of employment opportunities and apprenticeships with local, national and global employers. Following the Level 3 courses you could enter employment at a higher technical level such as a Senior Stylist. Many students also progress from Level 3 on to employment onboard Cruise ships or choose to study the next level of their discipline such as the Special Effects Makeup and Salon Management at university.
In the News:
Gold and Silver for Riverside Students at WorldSkills UK competition.
Students studying on the Nails and Media Makeup courses at Riverside College have been celebrating after placing first and second in the heats of the WorldSkills UK competition.
Lauren Smith, from St Helens was thrilled when she came first in her category; the talented student has just completed the Level 3 in Media Makeup and her creation amazed the judges.
Katy Sullivan, from Widnes competed in the Nail Art competition and received silver for her designs. She had to create an image using the theme ‘Ancient Civilisations’ and chose to use geisha to style her designs on.
Make up students help to set world record with The Very Big Catwalk
Sixty talented students from the Hair and Media Makeup course at Riverside College supported tutor, Ruth Marcella and her company Orchid Blush as the makeup artists for The Very Big Catwalk, a record breaking catwalk show, which took place at the Pier Head, Liverpool.
Ruth was the Chief Makeup Artist at the huge event, which was organised by the Liverpool Culture Company and broke the Guinness World Record by having the most models ever on a catwalk.
The Riverside students were split into two teams and not only had the opportunity to show off their creative talents with editorial, catwalk, fashion and body art make up but they also got to take part in the world record attempt by walking on the catwalk themselves.