What will I learn?

Gain high-level skills and become a trusted beauty expert with a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course will further advance your beauty therapy skills and prepare you for management positions in salons and spas. You will be ready to work in-house or as an independent freelance professional.

We’ll ensure you know the theory and science behind treatments and equip you with knowledge of the most up-to-date beauty techniques. The course includes a practical placement in a salon of your choice where you can gain confidence and face-to-face experience.

This course provides training in basic and advanced beauty therapy techniques and services including:

  • facial treatments
  • lash and brow treatments
  • manicures and pedicures
  • make-up
  • waxing
  • body massage and treatments
  • spa treatments
  • electrolysis treatments
  • advice on and selling of retail skin care and cosmetic products.

You’ll also learn valuable and transferable business and management skills.

Careers in beauty therapy

The beauty, massage and make-up industry is growing. The Diploma of Beauty Therapy is the highest level of qualification in the beauty industry. Job prospects are good, with employment for beauty therapists expected to grow.

As a qualified beauty therapist, you could find employment in spas and salons here or overseas. This qualification prepares you to manage your own beauty salon and employ staff. You could also work from home as a freelance beauty consultant.

Potential career options include:

  • salon beauty therapist
  • salon manager / owner
  • department store / pharmacy cosmetic consultant
  • spa therapist
  • health spa / resort manager
  • spa therapist on a cruise ship
  • beauty consultant for international cosmetic companies
  • freelance therapist / beauty consultant
  • cosmetic or beauty equipment sales representative
  • beauty editor/ journalist
  • beauty educator.

Pathways to further study

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degrees and in some cases receive credit for your study:

Bachelor of Dermal Sciences

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Bachelor of Health Science

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Course structure

To be awarded SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-five (25) units of competency, comprising of:

  • thirteen (13) core units, and;
  • twelve (12) elective units, of which:
  • all units listed within Group A or Group B or Group C must be selected, and;
  • remaining units must be selected from Group D - General Electives, elsewhere in the SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package, or any other current training package or accredited course.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete this course work relatively autonomously, and are accountable for personal outputs. Their work involves the self-directed application of knowledge and skills with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques. Elective units allow specialisation in areas such as electrolysis/diathermy, relaxation massage or spa treatments.

Which department am I in?

Victoria Polytechnic



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$17,200.00 (9,20,771) per year
AUD $8,600 per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2022


City King Campus

225 King Street,



3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 55 (Listening 9, Speaking 16, Reading 10, Writing 18)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 42 (no section score less than 40)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 162. No individual band less than 154.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 4): achieved.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Victoria University

With over 100 years of educational prestige, Victoria University has earned its spot in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

  • Top 2% university globally (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Revolutionary Block Model learning methods
  • VU ranked #1 nationally for Employability Skills
  • #3 in Australia for Learner Engagement (SES 2020)