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Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Level 5

With worldwide demand growing in the beauty industry, UCOL’s Diploma in Beauty Therapy will prepare you with relevant specialist services and treatments needed for an exciting career in beauty therapy.

Beauty therapy procedure
Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui & Wairarapa

Duration: 1 year, full-time

All locations
22 February 2016 - 25 November 2016

Domestic Fees:*

International Fees:*

* 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.

This beauty therapy course will give you a great foundation to springboard into a career as a qualified beauty therapist in any beauty related sector, in New Zealand or overseas, where you can expand your opportunities and take on new challenges. You will learn a range of key industry skills including:

• Massage techniques
• Advanced Skin Care
• Spray Tanning
• Advanced make-up
• Electrolysis
• Microdermabrasion
• Wax Brazilians
• Spa treatments
• Advanced make-up
• Fashion, theatre and media make-up techniques
• Laser treatments at our Wairarapa Campus.

Regular client days are incorporated into the learning process where you will work in a clinic environment, one on one with clients, build relationships, gain real industry experience and be part of a team.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Beauty therapist in a day spa or a cruise ship
  • Salon manager
  • Sales representative
  • Product trainer
  • Skincare retailer
  • Business owner or work from home
  • Make-up artist
  • Mobile beauty operator

Student & Staff Profiles

  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy Graduate at UCOL Palmerston North Graduation

    Fiona Robertson

    Diploma in Beauty Therapy Graduate

    Fiona's qualifications are taking her all over the world.

    Meet Fiona

  • Whanganui UCOL Beauty Lecturer Tania Mitchell

    Tania Mitchell

    Beauty Lecturer

    With over 27 years as a beauty therapist and salon owner, Whanganui Beauty lecturer Tania Mitchell knows a thing or two about how to make it work in industry.

    Meet Tania

Industry Connections

Our Beauty students have opportunities to be involved in some of the region’s premier events including:
• Miss Manawatu (
• Evento (

Domestic Entry Requirements

You will need to have completed the National Certificate in Beauty Services (Cosmetology) Level 3, and the National Certificate in Beauty Services (Beautician) Level 4 or equivalent.

International Entry Requirements

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0 (or equivalent) which must be achieved in one sitting.

Applicants under 20 years of age:
There are specific academic entry requirements for international students under 20 years of age. Please enquire for details.

Advice & Guidance

Excellent personal presentation is required on this programme at all times.  A uniform is provided for students when working in the salon and must be worn.

To optimise chances of success, a high level of attendance is recommended.

Students who successfully complete the content that makes up each of the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) Diplomas will be eligible to apply to sit the ITEC examinations.  Each ITEC Diploma examination will cost approximately $180.00 and this will be at the student's own expense.

This diploma qualification requires graduands to have a current first aid certificate. Students enrolled on the diploma via equivalence will also be required to obtain a current first aid certificate before being eligible to graduate.

There are two enrolling options:

  • Full-time student - enrolled in all unit standards
  • Part-time student - enrolled in selected unit standards only

Course Information

  • Explain the human cardiovascular system for beauty services
  • Explain the human endocrine system for beauty services
  • Explain the human nervous system for beauty services
  • Explain the anatomy of the human reproductive system for beauty services
  • Explain the human lymphatic system for beauty services
  • Explain hair, skin and the application of electrical currents for electrolysis treatments
  • Perform electrical epilations as an independent beauty services operator
  • Perform a Swedish body massage as an independent beauty services operator
  • Tanning treatments
  • Business awareness

    Elective Courses (Pathway A)
  • Fashion, theatre and media make-up
  • Indian head massage
  • Holistic massage
  • Laser and intense pulsed light treatments
  • Microdermabrasion treatments
  • Red vein treatment
  • Reflexology
  • Stone therapy massage

    Elective Courses (Pathway B)
  • Advanced skincare techniques and red vein electrotherapy
  • Spa treatments and body wraps
  • Complementary therapies
  • Advanced make-up techniques


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.