Otago Polytechnic

OSTC Beauty Therapy (Level 2)


Dunedin and Cromwell


One day a week for the school year.  

Beauty therapy roles are varied, creative and in demand.

It's a career that can take you around the world. If you are interested in beauty, make up, and fashion, and enjoy helping people to feel their best, a career in beauty therapy could be for you.    

This course will enable you to apply for the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy Level 4 at Otago Polytechnic (as long as you are 18, or turning 18, in the year that you will be studying it). 

And the great news is, you won't then need to do a Level 3 bridging programme first!   

What will I do?  

  • You will learn about basic skin care and skin health, and some human biology to help you with this. 
  • Learn make up techniques, and practice applying makeup, including historical and creative make up. 
  • Carry out the main beauty salon procedures, under supervision.  These may include facials, manicures, pedicures, brow shaping and tinting. 
  • You will have an opportunity to use, and learn about professional beauty products, and how to recommend them to clients.
  • Interact and communicate with clients in a professional way, and discover how a professional salon works. 

What could I do next?

Study for the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) (You will need to be 18 or turning 18 that year) 

Where could this take me? 

  • Trainee Beautician
  • Beauty Sales Representative
  • Health Resort Employee
  • Make-up for TV/Movie Industry/Fashion/Events
  • Make-up Artist
  • Beauty Business Owner
  • Massage Therapist
  • Image Consultant 

Unit standards covered in this course*

Unit Standard

OSTC Salon Skills




Perform skincare services for the face in preparation for make-up application




Perform make-up services




Describe the relevance of anatomy and physiology knowledge to beauty therapy practice




Describe micro-organisms in a beauty salon or clinic




Converse and interact with clients and operators in a salon environment







*To be confirmed 
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. 


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.