OSTC Beauty Therapy (Level 2)

Are you at high school and are interested in a career in beauty, make up, and fashion, and enjoy helping people to feel their best, a career in beauty therapy could be for you.

About this course

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! 

  • 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).

Please note: You will need to be 18 or turning 18 the year that you study this. 

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 

What is OSTC?

The Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC) is our trades academy. We offer practical, career-focused learning for students in Years 11-13 who want to get a head start on life after school. You’ll develop hands-on skills and experience to help you prepare for further study, on-the-job training and employment.

Your programme will be one subject of your NCEA. You’ll spend one or two days a week at OSTC and the rest of the week at school as normal.

OSTC has a campus in Dunedin and one in Cromwell.

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A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


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.