Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation.xml Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation

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DiplomaFull-time, 34 weeks

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

13 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)


$6,120 - $6,630


Course related costs

External international examination fees, product kits, beauty therapist uniform, textbook.

About this programme

Become a leader in beauty therapy by expanding your skills and specialisations.

Become a senior beauty therapist with greater responsibilities and the option to even manage or own a beauty clinic.

This programme takes your skills in beauty therapy to the next level, and advances your skills in skin care and body treatments.

International Therapy Examination Council ( ITEC ) qualifications are offered in this diploma. If you choose to complete the ITEC exam your qualifications will be recognised by employers and clients internationally.

This programme covers:

  • Advanced skincare
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Electrolysis
  • Aromatherapy
  • Indian Head Massage

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme you will be able to work as a:

  • Self-employed therapist
  • Beauty clinic manager/owner
  • Registered New Zealand Beauty Therapist

Study pathways

After completing this programme you can gain skills in business with the National Certificate in Business (First Line Management), New Zealand Diploma in Business and the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Recommended school subjects

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • Certificate in Beauty Therapy Level 4 or equivalent

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. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

    Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.