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Certificate in Beauty Services

Level 4

UCOL’s Certificate in Beauty Services provides you with an introduction into the engaging world of beauty therapy.

Students learning in the Beauty Salon at the Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Wairarapa, Whanganui

Duration: 1 year full-time

19 Feb 2018 - 23 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,302.00Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

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.

If you're interested in pursuing a career in the beauty industry, UCOL’s one-year Certificate in Beauty Services will provide you the broad range of skills you need to get started.

You'll learn the core treatments offered in the ever-expanding beauty industry, like facials, manicures, make-up, lash tinting, waxing, and brow shaping. There is also a theory component that covers business awareness, professional conduct, systems of the body, and the theory behind the treatments you perform.

The Certificate in Beauty Services will give you the professionalism and confidence to perform treatments on clients and establish relationships. 

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of the Certificate in Beauty Services 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.

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

 Course Information

The Certificate in Beauty Services, Level 4 consists of six courses containing 110 compulsory course credits and two elective pathways options of 10 credits each.

Compulsory courses

Health and Safety (7 credits)
Learn about workplace health and safety, and how to provide basic life support and first aid, and manage first aid in an emergency situation.

Client Service (17 credits)
Learn cash handling, provision of reception services for the beauty industry, how to sell goods and services, and small business practice for the beauty services industry.

Professional Practice 1 (32 credits)
Learn to advise clients on selection and use of cosmetics and toiletries and perform cosmetic services, including waxing.

Manicure and Pedicure (12 credits)
Learn to perform a manicure and/or pedicure service.

Chemistry and Physics (11 credits)
Gain knowledge of chemistry, electrical currents and physics principles related to the application of beauty services.

Human Anatomy and Nutrition (15 credits)
Learn about human cells and tissues, the integumentary system, nutrition, and the anatomy of the face, head, neck and décolleté related to beauty services.

Professional Practice 2 (14 credits)
Learn how to perform a skin analysis, and manual and electrical facials.

Elective courses

Nail Augmentation (110 credits)
Learn about micro-organisms in a beauty salon and gain an introduction to nail augmentation procedures, including liquid and powder acrylic, hard gel, and gel polish preparations.

Make-up Artistry (108 credits)
Learn the knowledge and skills to apply make-up artistry techniques for glamour, catwalk and special occasions.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

Our Beauty and Hairdressing students have opportunities to be involved in some of the region's premier events including:
  • Miss Teen Manawatū
  • Miss Manawatū
  • Evento
  • Youth Underground

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2


Equivalent academic achievement on a case-by-case basis


At the discretion of the Executive Dean


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 IELT 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 Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

The Certificate in Beauty Services comprises 120 credits.

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.

Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:
  • 20 hours of lecturer supported learning including practical and theory tutorials.
  • 20 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments and time to further develop practical skills).
  • Self-directed time includes time within our own UCOL clinics. This is done on a roster to enable each student to have experience within this setting.
  • Classes run between 9am - 5pm, three days each week.
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 or unit standards have already been met.

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.

 Additional Costs

Additional Costs

Required Textbooks   
  • An Introductory Guide to Anatomy and Physiology - Louise Tucker (Approximately $60)
  • The Art and Science of Beauty Therapy – Jane Foulston (Approximately $80)
Recommended text (optional)
  • Cressy’s  Beauty Therapy Fact File 5th Edition - Susan Cressy (Approximately $85)
Please go to www.textbooksRus.co.nz to order these books.  They will be delivered to the UCOL information Centre at no additional cost and can be collected from there at your convenience.

Required Kits
In order to carry out your practical treatments, you are required to purchase the following equipment:

  • A make-up brush kit to be ordered from Beauty Gallery of approximately $70, from 0800 573 5118 / (09) 573 5118, contact person Tania Brown or email info@beautygallery.co.nz
  • At least two pairs of tweezers, also from Beauty Gallery, approximately $30
Kits will be delivered to your address with a courier cost of $11.

One or two pairs of black, 3/4 or full-length pants $50.00
One pair of flat, black, enclosed shoes – black $50.00

Stationery (approximately $30)
  • Ring binder/s
  • Refill
  • Subject dividers
  • Pens/pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pen drive
International ITEC exam (approx. $250) 


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.