•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 Colleges and students one of the largest beauty qualification portfolio including qualifications for employability, specialist subjects and skills enhancement leading to Continuous Professional Development (CPD). The College of Cape Town together 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.
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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?

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:
•Electrical Body Treatments
•Facial Electrical Treatments and Skin Care
•Holistic, Seated, Hot Stone and Indian Head Massage
•Make-up Services
•Manage a Beauty Therapy Business
•Manicure & Pedicure Services
•Nail Art (Basic and Advanced)
•Nail Technology Services
•Waxing Services
•First Aid
•Eyelash Extensions
•Use cosmetic house products effectively
•Participate/manage Community/Corporate events

In which industries will I be able to work?

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

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 very 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 or full-time basis.

The Beauty Therapy sector is a very dynamic sector with constant changes so it is up to all aspiring therapists to ensure that they remain relevant to the latest trends, thereby ensuring Continuous Professional Development.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

• Facial Skin Care
• Waxing
•Manicure & Pedicure
•Body Treatments I
•Nail Technology
•Anatomy & Physiology I
•Business Awareness and Professional Conduct
•Case studies in all practical subjects
•First Aid
•Product training courses for various cosmetic houses
•Eyelash Extensions (Short course)
•Threading (Short course)
•Participate in Community/Corporate work/events

•Facial Electrical Treatments
•Swedish Massage
•Electrical Body Treatments I+II
•Indian Head Massage
•Nail Art (Basic and Advanced)
•Anatomy & Physiology II
•Hot Stone Therapy
•Salon Practice
•Case studies in all practical subjects
•Participate and/or manage community/corporate work/events
•Product training for various new and advanced cosmetic house products

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?
•Grade 12 or equivalent
•Mature student exemption: 23 years or older for entry into Level 4
•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

You must have passed the following subjects at school:
•Life Science (Biology knowledge and background at Grade 12 level)

•2 years full-time
•Enrolment in January

(Part-time – On request)

Contact Details

Contact Person: 

Sharon Grobbelaar
Course Details

Course Delivery Method: 

Blended Blended

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