•Beauty Therapist

The College of Cape Town’s Beauty Therapy Department is fully accredited to offer the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) qualifications. ITEC has been awarding high quality and respected industry qualifications since 1947. It is now one of the world’s leading and most successful awarding bodies specialising in the Beauty and Complementary Therapy sectors.

ITEC offers one of the largest beauty qualification portfolios including qualifications for employability, specialist subjects and skills enhancement leading to Continuous Professional Development (CPD). The College of Cape Town with ITEC ensures that the qualifications obtained from the institution have global recognition and that they meet the quality standards as required, both nationally and internationally.

The Beauty Therapy ITEC qualification commences at level 2 to allow access to those that have successfully completed grade 9. This three year qualification offers the prospective student an opportunity to gain theoretical, practical and integrated college and industry work experience thereby ensuring readiness for employment. The qualification offers a structured work placement component. After each level the student will acquire various new skills sets and competencies while building on previously acquired knowledge and experience.

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Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

Beauty Specialist in Facial, Body and Complementary Therapies

What will I be able to do?
•Manicures and Pedicures
•Salon Receptionist Duties
•Basic and Advanced Facial Skin Care
•Photographic Make-up
•Themed Face Painting
•Basic Make-up Application
•Swedish and Seated Massage
•Waxing Services
•Indian Head Massage
•Basic and Advanced Nail Art
•Eyelash Extensions
•Electrical Body Treatments
•Nail Technology
•Hot Stone Therapy
•Spa Treatments
•Facial Electrical Treatments
•Retail Displays in the salon
•Maintain Health and Safety in the Salon
•Salon Business Practice
•First Aid

In which industries will I be able to work?

Upon completion of your ITEC Diploma Level 5, you will be able to work in any service-orientated industry that requires the services of a qualified Beauty Therapist or someone skilled in dealing with customers, e.g. beauty salons on cruise liners, health spas, hotels, your own business, industry-related consultancy, industry-related sales and marketing, lecturing at an industry-related educational/training institution.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

After completing this qualification you will be able to either start your own business within the industry or become employed and work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study. As with any other career, you would need to work hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

You can further your studies in advanced therapies offered by ITEC by attending College on a part-time basis. The Beauty Therapy sector is a dynamic industry with constant changes so it is up to all aspiring therapists to ensure that they remain relevant to latest trends.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

•Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector
•Follow Health and Safety in the Salon
•Create and Maintain Retail Displays in the Salon
•Providing Basic Manicures and Pedicures
•Salon Reception Duties
•Basic Facial Skin Care
•Seated Massage
•Basic Application of Make-up
•The Art of Photographic Make-up
•Themed Face Painting
•Create a Hair and Beauty Image
•Case studies for Basic Nail Art
•Working with Others in the Hair and Beauty Sector
•Computer Literacy

Enrichment Courses Year 1
•First Aid
•Community and Corporate work/events
•Various cosmetic house product training

•Advanced Facial Skin Care
•Advanced Make-up
•Advanced Manicure and Pedicure
•Nail Technology
•Threading (Short course)
•Eyelash Extensions (Short course)
•Hot Stone Therapy (Short course)
•Salon Practice
•Anatomy & Physiology I
•Case studies for all practical subjects
•Business Awareness and Professional Conduct

Enrichment Courses Year 2
•Various new and advanced cosmetic house product training
•Community and Corporate work/events

•Electrical Body Treatments I+II
•Facial Electrical Treatments
•Swedish Massage
•Anatomy and Physiology II
•Nail Art (Basic and Advanced)
•Body Treatments I+II
•Spa Treatments
•Case studies for all practical subjects
•Indian Head Massage
•Salon Practice
•Community and Corporate work/events
•Various new and advanced cosmetic house product training

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?
•Grade 9 or equivalent for entry into Level 2
•Passed ITEC Level 2 for entry into Level 3
•Passed ITEC Level 3 for entry into Level 5
•Students must meet the personality profile of a prospective Beauty Therapy Candidate
•Students must be physically fit

Students will be required to complete a competency test for literacy and numeracy, a placement test and undergo an individual interview process to assess suitability prior to acceptance.

•3 years full-time
•Enrolment in January

(Part-time – Not available)

Contact Details

Contact Person: 

Sharon Grobbelaar
Course Details

Course Delivery Method: 

Blended Blended

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