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Academy Hair, Beauty & Retail

Level 2

Keen to find out if the hairdressing and beauty industry is for you while still in secondary school? Join UCOL's Academy Hair, Beauty & Retail Programme.

A UCOL student hairdresser washing a client's hair
Quick info

Level: 2

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

Duration: 1 day per week

Starting: Week of 12 Feb 2024
Finishing: Week ending 27 Sep 2024
Delivery days:
Palmerston North - Fridays
Whanganui - Thursdays
Masterton - Thursdays
Levin - Fridays

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

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.

The UCOL U-Skills Academy Hair, Beauty & Retail Programme introduces you to the hairdressing and beauty industry. You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experience at the UCOL training salons and overview of the working environment.

You will learn about:
  • Customer service skills
  • Relevant computing skills
  • Hair design
  • Fashion trends
  • Beauty
  • Anatomy and physiology
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the application form as follows:

 Course Hours & Duration

Delivered from 9am - 3pm in each location:

Palmerston North - Mondays or Fridays
Whanganui - Thursdays
Masterton - Thursdays
Levin - Fridays

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL Academy Hair, Beauty & Retail Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in beauty or hairdressing. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

 Course Information

This programme comprises 24 Credits.

Unit Standard 21939 (Level 1) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of fashion trends in relation to hairstyling.

Unit Standard 24997 (Level 2) (Version 4) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of theft and fraud in a retail or distribution environment.

Unit Standard 25439 (Level 2) (Version 2 (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability concepts for a salon.

Unit Standard 27640 (Level 2) (Version 2) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of current fashion trends and history related to beauty therapy.

Unit Standard 27641 (Level 2) (Version 2) (3 Credits)
Describe the relevance of anatomy and physiology knowledge to beauty therapy practice.

Unit Standard 28026 (Level 2) (Version 1) (3 Credits)
Present a personal fashion image for work in a hairdressing salon environment.

Unit Standard 28295 (Level 2) (Version 3) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of serving customers in a retail environment.

 Learning Facilities

Professional hair and beauty salons.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school learners (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or learners with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Biology
  • English


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary learners seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for the UCOL Academy Hair, Beauty & Retail Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Learners must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.