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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 and Wairarapa

Duration: 1 year, full-time

19 Feb 2018 - 23 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,454.00Scholarship 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.

UCOL's Diploma in Beauty Therapy 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. 

Regular client days are incorporated into the learning process at UCOL's Beauty Clinic, providing you with real industry experience, and honing your professionalism, relationship building skills and teamwork. 

Hear from 2017 graduate, Lisa Marie Ngataki:


 Career & Study Outcomes

You'll graduate work-ready and understanding how to operate a small business within the beauty industry, and have the following advanced skills in beauty therapy:

  • Massage techniques
  • Skin care
  • Spray tanning
  • Make-up application
  • Fashion, theatre and media make-up techniques (Wairarapa campus)
  • Electrolysis
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Brazilian waxing
  • Spa treatments
  • Laser treatments (Wairarapa Campus).

Career options include:

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

 Course Information

Unit Standards

You'll learn about the following systems in context of beauty services:

  • The human cardiovascular system
  • The human endocrine system
  • The human nervous system
  • The anatomy of the human reproductive system
  • The human lymphatic system

You'll also:

  • Explain hair, skin and the application of electrical currents for electrolysis treatments
  • Perform electrical epilations 
  • Perform a Swedish body massage
Compulsory courses
  • 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, which includes hot stone massage, reflexology and Indian head massage
  • Advanced make-up techniques
  •  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 

     Domestic Entry Requirements

    To be eligible for entry into the Diploma in Beauty Therapy, Level 5, applicants must have successfully achieved the following (or equivalent):


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

     International Entry Requirements

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

    English Proficiency Entry Requirements:

    International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. .  IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie 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 Diploma in Beauty Therapy, Level 5 comprises 121 credits.

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

    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 $200.00 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.

    This programme is only available on a full-time basis.

    Work experience
    You'll be involved in running the beauty clinic at UCOL and perform beauty services for the public under the support of your lecturer. 

    Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:

    • 21 hours of lecturer supported learning including practical and theory tutorials.
    • 19 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.

    In Palmerston North classes run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9am - 5pm. From the second half of the year there will be client days on Fridays.

    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

    Required Textbooks   
    • An Introductory guide to Anatomy and Physiology - Louise Tucker (Approximately $60) (You should already have this book from Certificate in Beauty Services)
    • Practical Electrolysis: The Offical Guide to Electro-epilation - Gill Morris and Janice Brown (Approximately $90)
    Recommended text (optional)
    • An Introductory Guide to Massage - Louise Tucker (Approximately $60)
    • The Art and Science of Spa & Body Therapy - Jane Foulston, Elaine Hall, Fae Major and Maurgerite Wynne (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:

    • Electrolysis tweezers $35
    • Have an eye test $65
    • Additional make-up brushes as required $50
    • Electrolysis magnifiers (optional) $140
    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 $40)
    • Ring binder/s
    • Refill
    • Subject dividers
    • Pens/pencils
    • Highlighters
    • Pen drive
    International ITEC exam (up to $500 depending on the number of additional exams completed) 


    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.