Service Industries Vocational Pathway - Hair, Beauty and Retail Pathway.xml Beauty Therapy & Salon Skills

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Beauty Therapy & Salon Skills


Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Qualification name

Beauty Therapy and Salon Skills Please enquire

Programme code




Ara credits




Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street, Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru

Vocational Pathways

Service Industries

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Programme Content

This programme will provide you with an introduction to the beauty therapy industry. You'll be taught in a variety of ways such as through tutorials, group projects, offsite visits and online, by experienced tutors with extensive industry connections.

You'll learn about current fashion trends in relation to the hair and beauty industries, the relevance of anatomy and physiology to beauty therapy, the history of beauty therapy services and related products, as well as workplace safety and sustainability.

You'll develop skills in personal hygiene and presentation and how to promote the importance of a positive image of the beauty therapy industry. You'll also perform a mini manicure and mini facial, and carry out make-up application, eyebrow shaping and massage techniques to a basic level. Students must be prepared to perform and receive all treatments.

This programme is delivered one day per week (Ashburton - Tuesdays, Christchurch, Timaru & Oamaru - Fridays).

Programme Credits

NZQF credits in the table below are awarded to you on completion of this programme. These credits contribute to achieving your NCEA qualification. In some instances you may also receive Ara credits. Ara credits are tertiary study credits that can be used to enter further study at tertiary level in New Zealand. Please note the number of Ara and NZQF credits are unrelated and may be different.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • To enrol you must be in Year 11, 12 or 13 at secondary school. You must also be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.
    Some programmes require a minimum age of 16. Please enquire.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English isn't your first language, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart or contact us for an assessment.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application Documents

Career opportunities

This qualification will enable you to move into further study in beauty therapy.

Study pathways

This qualification can lead to other qualifications in this sector including the Certificate in Beauty Therapy Level 4 and the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
17593 Apply safe work practices in the workplace 4 4 4
1277 Communicate information in a specified workplace 6 3 3
17285 Demonstrate knowledge of commercial espresso coffee equipment and prepare espresso beverages under supervision 8 4 4
27640 Demonstrate knowledge of current fashion trends and history related to beauty therapy 1 3 3
25439 Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability concepts for a salon 1 2 2
27641 Describe the relevance of anatomy and physiology knowledge to beauty therapy practice 1 3 3
62 Maintain personal presentation and a positive attitude in a workplace involving customer contact 9 3 3
9677 Participate in a team or group which has an objective 9 3 3