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New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy

New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy

Level 4

Learn new skills and experience what it's like to work in the exciting world of beauty with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy.

A photograph of UCOL students working on clients in the onsite salon
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton, UCOL Horowhenu in Levin

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Dates:
21 Feb 2022 - 25 Nov 2022

Domestic Fees: *
$6703.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$20,500.00

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

A day in the life of a beauty therapist involves helping clients look and feel good. The environment is warm, cosy and relaxing, and your clients look forward to seeing you. To make your start with a rewarding career in beauty, study UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy.

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to analyse, plan and provide a broad range of beauty services. This qualification is intended for learners who have little or no prior learning or experience in the field.

Practical experience
Regular client days are incorporated into the learning process at one of UCOL's Beauty Clinics in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Masterton or Levin, providing you with real industry experience, and honing your professionalism, relationship building skills and teamwork.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy will have a range of highly desirable employment skills for the industry, including:

  • Confident communication
  • The ability to work independently or as a team member
  • Technical beauty knowledge
  • Retailing skills within a commercial beauty environment.

Employment options include working as a beauty therapist or cosmetic product company representative.

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy

 Course Information

This programme comprises 120 credits. The courses includes;

Professional Practice (15 Credits)
Students will learn theoretical knowledge and skills to work in the beauty industry as a professional beauty therapist. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Manage and provide first aid in an emergency situation, and provide basic life support.
  • Describe the role and function of beauty professionals; including best practice, code of ethics and health and hygiene guidelines.
  • Describe the consultation process and professional conduct standards.
  • Develop a fundamental business plan to establish yourself as an independent beauty therapist.

Anatomy and Physiology (15 Credits)
Students will develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology to provide a theoretical foundation for both massage and beauty therapy. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic structure and function of body systems in relation to beauty therapy.
  • Locate and define structures of the human body using anatomical terminology.
  • Describe nutritional and lifestyle factors that support healthy skin, hair and nails.

Nail Services (15 Credits) (15 Practicum Hours)
Students will gain knowledge of nail services, products, tools and related skills to industry standards. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct in-depth skin and nail analysis, and identify possible contra indications.
  • Identify a range of common nail conditions and describe a range of possible contra indications.
  • Provide comprehensive manicure and pedicure services to meet client expectations.

Facial Treatments (15 Credits) (15 Practicum Hours)
Students will learn about and practice manual facial therapy techniques and treatments to industry standards. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct in-depth skin analysis and identify possible contra indications.
  • Identify and explain the function and application of a range of skin products and application techniques.
  • Perform a comprehensive range of facial treatments to meet client expectations.

Make Up Services (15 Credits) (10 Practicum Hours)
Students will gain theoretical knowledge and skills in the practical applications of makeup products, services and techniques. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Investigate and describe industry trends in makeup products, technical applications and services.
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the application of colour therapies.
  • Provide comprehensive makeup services to meet client expectations.

Eye Works and Tanning (15 Credits) (10 Practicum Hours)
Students will gain knowledge and practice of cosmetic enhancements to the eyes and body tanning to industry standards. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Investigate and explain international industry trends for eyebrow and eyelash enhancement.
  • Demonstrate a range of effective treatment techniques for eyebrow and eyelash enhancement.
  • Explain the risks and responsibilities of tanning and perform a full body tan to meet client expectations.

Waxing Services (15 Credits) (10 Practicum Hours)
Students will gain knowledge and practice of manual hair removal techniques to industry standards. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct in-depth skin analysis and identify possible contra indications.
  • Explain the purpose and process of a range of hair removal methods.
  • Perform a range of waxing treatments to meet client expectations.

Beauty Therapy Clinic (15 Credits) (40 Practicum Hours)
Students will apply a range of beauty therapy services in a supervised environment to industry standards. After this course, you will be able to:

  • Provide a range of beauty therapy services to meet client expectations.
  • Demonstrate best practice standards while delivering a range of beauty therapies.
  • Perform a professional role within a beauty therapy clinic.
  • Manage a range of client interactions to a professional standard.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

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

 Learning Facilities

Fully equipped salons and a spacious beauty clinic with industry standard equipment.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2

OR

equivalent academic achievement

OR

at the discretion of the Executive Dean on a case-by-case basis 

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English Language Proficiency

International student applicants whose first language is not English must have a General or Academic IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA,International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteriaapply.

 Advice & Guidance

Excellent personal presentation is required on this programme at all times. A uniform is provided for students and this must be worn for all practical classes and clinics.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements in meeting industry standards in the beauty therapy workplace.

As First Aid is a component of this programme students need to be aware of the demands of carrying out basic First Aid procedures.

Good eye sight, with or without corrective lenses, is required in order to effectively carry out advanced beauty treatments.

Students are required to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the programme leader prior to the programme start date.

Work experience

As part of your studies you'll be involved in running the beauty clinic at UCOL and performing beauty services for the public under the support of your lecturer.

You'll be required to wear a tunic (supplied by UCOL) and comply with UCOL and industry standards of personal presentation.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:

  • Certificate in Beauty Services

 Additional Costs

  • Uniform 1 or 2 pants (black) 3/4 or full length $80/pair
  • 1 pair of flat shoes - black (must be closed in) $80
  • Ring binder/s, refill, subject dividers, pens/pencils, highlighters, pen drive - approx $40
  • An introductory guide to anatomy and physiology 4th ed - $60
  • Electrol-epilation A Practical Approach $90
  • Kit - Make up, manicure and lash extension kit - approx $543 
  • Eye test - appointments for this are around $65
  • The Art and Science of Beauty Therapy - jane foulston $65
  • Required Text:
    An Introductory Guide to Anatomy and Physiology - Louise Tucker $55
    The Art and Science of Beauty Therapy - Jane Foulston $65
  • Stationery (approximately $30)
    • Ring binder/s, refill, subject dividers, pens/pencils, highlighters, pen drive

 Accreditation

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.

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