Beauty Therapy (Level 2)

If you’re interested in beauty, make-up and fashion, and helping people to be at their best, a career in beauty therapy could be for you.

Location: Cromwell

Delivery: One day a week for the school year.





What will I do?

> knowledge of the human body, and conditions that can affect skin, nails and hair

> understanding of how beauty therapies and nutrition can affect the body

> knowledge of cosmetic ingredients and beauty treatment methods

> an understanding of hygiene, and health and safety regulations

> make-up application

> learning different fashion looks


What could I do next?

> New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) OP Dunedin - One year full-time

> New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5) OP Dunedin -One year full-time


Unit standards covered in this course

Unit Standard OSTC Salon Skills Credits Level
27646 Perform skincare services for the face in preparation for make-up application 10 3
27647 Perform make-up services 10 3
27641 Describe the relevance of anatomy and physiology knowledge to beauty therapy practice 3 2
27176 Describe micro-organisms in a beauty salon or clinic 2 3
21938 Converse and interact with clients and operators in a salon environment 3 2
  Total 26  


We are doing our best to ensure that this information is accurate.  However, there may be some content changes to our programmes, and all our programmes will run subject to demand and capacity. 

I’m keen! What do I do now?

Go and have a talk to your School’s Career advisor and mention this course with Otago Polytechic.

They will be able to take you through the application process or help with any further questions.

For more information about OSTC, visit


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.