What will I learn?

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)

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$21,500.00 (11,28,286) per year
Start date

Expected February 2022


UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,


4500, New Zealand

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$21,500.00 (11,28,286) per year
Start date

Expected February 2022


UCOL Wairarapa Campus

143-159 Chapel Street,


5810, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

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

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). TOEFL (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; PToE (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). For more details, please visit the institution website.

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