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STAR Beauty

Level 2

Do you love cosmetics and skincare? Keen to find out if the beauty industry is for you? Try the UCOL STAR Beauty Course.

A photograph of two UCOL beauty learners working on clients in the salon
Quick info

Level: 2

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

Duration: One day per week over five weeks.

Palmerston North
22 Jul - 19 Aug 2024
26 Aug - 23 Sep 2024

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-free to learners. Fees apply to participating schools.

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable.

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.

Join the UCOL STAR Beauty course to learn beauty therapy techniques and gain insight into the beauty industry. You will gain knowledge about the history of beauty therapy and how fashion trends relate to modern practices in a fun practical setting.

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

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL STAR Beauty course 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. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Beauty Therapists, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

This course comprises 3 credits.

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


  • Manicures
  • Make-up application
  • Skin care, facials, masks, biological masks

 Learning Facilities

Dedicated beauty salon.

 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.


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

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

The UCOL STAR Beauty course is part of a suite of programmes offered by UCOL to secondary learners seeking to explore their career options while still in school.

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

Fees-free for learners. Upon successful application your school will pay UCOL a fee.

 Additional Costs

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