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New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Certificate

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Timaru Campus

Summary

Acquire the skills and knowledge needed to work as a beautician, in New Zealand or overseas.

Through a combination of practical and theoretical activities, this programme will equip you with the skills and ability to walk into a job, consult with clients and perform beauty therapy services in a professional manner. Aspects covered include professional practice, business awareness, anatomy and physiology, facial treatments, makeup, nail and waxing services, spray tanning and relaxation massage.

You'll learn from experienced tutors and a wide range of industry speakers including spa managers, appearance medicine specialists and cosmetic representatives. These professionals will give you an insight into products, techniques, technologies, and specific qualities that employers look for. You'll also have the opportunity to work in our industry-standard salons where you'll work with real clients, manage bookings and get direct feedback at beauty clinics throughout the year.

To meet Health and Safety requirements, applicants must be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme in an industry emulated environment.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme you'll be able to work as a beautician or owner/operator in clinics and spa retreats, here or overseas.

Study pathways

You can add to your expertise and qualifications by becoming a beauty therapist with the Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 5.

Entry criteria

10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits

NCEA Level 1 (80 credits at Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits)

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

English requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

SPEAKING - 5.0
READING - 5.0
WRITING - 5.0
LISTENING - 5.0

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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