New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5)



One year full-time; part-time not available

On campus 

Until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
    5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
    19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2022

Take your beauty skills to the next level with this advanced, practical programme. 

Graduates of this Diploma could find employment as a Beauty Therapist, Spa Therapist, Skin Therapist, Electrologist, Resort Therapist working on a cruise liner or could work within beauty retail. Alternatively, you could establish and run your own beauty therapy business.     

During this programme, you will learn how to apply advanced skincare techniques, advanced hair removal techniques and be introduced to spa body treatments. 

Practical, hands-on learning in our purpose-built, clinic setting will enable you to gain experience and confidence.  

Entry requirements

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Please note: This programme contains an additional International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) component. You must be 18 years or older to complete this part of the programme. For applicants under 18, you can complete the programme without this component.

Additional documentation 

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate). 

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis until the programme has reached full capacity. 

Additional costs 

You will be required to wear a uniform that consists of black trousers, black shoes and a black top. 

You will study

Beauty Therapy Science (15 credits)

  • Further anatomy and physiology study, along with an introduction to basic cosmetic chemistry 

Advanced Hair Removal (20 credits)

  • Techniques and trends including electrical epilation 

Electrical Facial Therapy (15 credits)

  • Applying practical techniques suitable for client's needs whilst learning about current trends in relation to the industry 

Advanced Skin Care (20 credits)

  • Applying practical techniques suitable for client's needs whilst learning about current trends in relation to the industry

Electrical Body Therapy (20 credits)

  • Learning to apply these to meet the client's needs 

Spa and Massage Therapy (10 credits)

  • Learning to apply these to meet the client's needs 

Applied Beauty Therapy Practice (Clinic) (20 credits)

  • Be introduced to business management and apply all the techniques covered during the programme in a simulated salon environment. 
Your workload

This full-time programme will involve approximately 18 hours in class and 18 hours in self-directed study per week.

Further study options 

Further training pathways could be in specific skin therapies, aromatherapy, advanced massage techniques and business management. 

Useful resources/links
Student loans and allowances 

Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circurmstances). Please visit the Studylink website for more information or phone 0800 88 99 00. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.  


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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