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Duration: 
1 year full time or longer for part time
Location: 
City King St
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face
Workplace

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time

Overview

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.

This course is delivered through Victoria Polytechnic’s award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

Everything you learn at Victoria Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll develop practical skills through hands-on learning so you’re job-ready when you graduate.

In addition to your practical placement, you’ll get real-life work experience at our City King campus student-run beauty salon. This salon provides the ideal training environment, where you can practice your skills while providing a wide range of beauty services to the public. You’ll also gain valuable experience arranging bookings and greeting clients. You’ll learn from expert trainers and work under their guidance.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses. We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Students develop hands-on beauty therapy techniques at our City King Campus.

Award winning students

Victoria Polytechnic beauty students are recognised as leaders in their industry, receiving awards for HBIA student of the year in 2017 and gold, silver and bronze medals in the WorldSkills competition. These awards provide an opportunity for industry leaders to recognise young achievers in the industry.

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 (JobOutlook).

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.

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

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

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

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.

Core units

Elective units

Group A: Electrolysis/Diathermy (3 units)

Electives from this group can be located in Group D, however full elective selection to meet this requirement is not available

Group B - Relaxation Massage (5 units)

Electives from this group can be located in Group D, however full elective selection to meet this requirement is not available

Group C - Spa Treatments (6 units)

Group D - General Electives

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.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Other: Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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