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New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)


Gain the necessary skills for an exciting career in the beauty industry with UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

If you have prior experience in beauty or have worked as a beauty therapist, advance your skills with UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to critically analyse clients’ needs, provide advanced beauty services, and manage the operations of a client base or small beauty therapy business.

Practical experience

Regular client days are incorporated into the learning process at one of UCOL's Beauty Clinics in Palmerston North, Whanganui or Wairarapa, providing you with real industry experience, and honing your professionalism, relationship building skills and teamwork.

Career & Study Outcomes

You'll graduate work-ready with professional skills, know how to operate a small beauty business, and have advanced skills in beauty therapy.

Career options include:

  • Beauty therapist (day spa, cruise ship, salon)
  • Salon manager
  • Product company representative
  • Brand manager
  • Account manager
  • Salon owner

This qualification builds on UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy, and may lead to further studies:

  • NZ Certificate in Specialised Epilation Therapy (Level 6) (Not offered at UCOL)
  • NZ Certificate in Specialised Skin Care Therapy (Level 6) (Not offered at UCOL)

Course Information

  • Beauty Therapy Science
  • Spa and Massage Therapy
  • Advanced Skin Care
  • Advanced Hair Removal
  • Electrical Facial Therapy
  • Electrical Body Therapy
  • Applied Beauty Therapy Practice (Clinic)

Entry criteria

  • New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)
  • OR equivalent skills and knowledge

English language Requirement: IELTS - Academic: Score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 4 (General or Employment); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 42 with no band less than 36.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

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