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Certificate in Fashion and Beauty

Level 1

Gain the confidence to enter the fashion, beauty or hairdressing world at entry level or pathway into a higher level of programme of study with UCOL’s Certificate in Fashion and Beauty.

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Quick info

Level: 1

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 1 semester, full-time

Palmerston North
15 February 2016 - 1 July 2016
25 July 2016 - 9 December 2016

Domestic Fees:*

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

In this popular Certificate in Fashion and Beauty programme you will study elements of fashion, catwalk, hairdressing and beauty therapy.  You will also explore careers as a fashion designer or beauty therapist and gain communication skills while working through NCEA level 1 numeracy and literacy unit standards. This programme contains both practical (hands on) and theory in all components.

The ‘Hair and Consumer Care’ component teaches the basics of maintaining healthy hair, fashion trends (hair), styling and temporary hair colour.

In ‘Beauty’ you will learn about presentation skills which include skin care, make-up application, manicure and pedicure along with fashion trends (beauty).

The ‘Fashion and Catwalk’ papers provide an introduction into the fashion retail industry and covers fabric dyeing, basic apparel design, historical influences and basic catwalk modelling.

‘Careers and Personal Development’ focuses on career options, career planning and pathways to higher learning.  Creating a curriculum vitae and gaining interview skills are also part of this component, along with budgeting skills.

There are six NCEA numeracy and literacy papers embedded into all papers of The Certificate in Fashion and Beauty programme.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Fashion
  • Retail
  • Pharmacy retail
  • Beauty
  • Hairdressing

Student & Staff Profiles

  • Certificate in Fashion and Beauty Graduate in Fashion workshop

    Artsy Attenborough

    Certificate in Fashion and Beauty Graduate

    Since completing her degree, Artsy has begun to make her own mark on the fashion world with her small dogs clothing business.

    Meet Artsy

Learning Facilities

Palmerston North Hairdressing Salon 1, Fashion Sewing Room

Domestic Entry Requirements

This programme has open entry.

International Entry Requirements

English Proficiency Entry Requirement:
Minimum entry for international students of IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.

Advice & Guidance

To optimise chances of success, students should enjoy working with people. 100% attendance is strongly recommended.

Course Information

  • Hair and Consumer Care
  • Fashion and Catwalk
  • Beauty
  • Career and Personal Development


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.