Beauty Therapy Courses

Beauty Therapy courses are for students that are interested in beauty treatments. These treatments include makeup, nails, skincare, and body massages.

Beauty Therapy Courses

Beauty Therapy Courses

Beauty Therapy: Expert Course

A Beauty Therapy course equips students with the skills and knowledge of beauty care. Beauty care embraces, nail care, skincare, facial care and other body care.

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What Is Beauty Therapy?

Beauty therapy is a comprehensive treatment of the face and body. Beauty therapy goes beyond facial makeup and nails. Here is the range of activities that beauty therapy includes:

  • Facials
  • Pedicures
  • Hair removal
  • Tan application
  • Hot stone and oil massages
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Eyebrow tints

Beauty Therapy Expert Course

Programme Type: Provider Programme
Award Issued By: Skills Academy 
Accredited By: Not Applicable
Qualification Title: Beauty Therapy: Expert Course
Qualification Type: Certificate
Course Duration:  9 to 24 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to business English
  • Professional salon skills
  • Introduction to make up application 1 the anatomy of the face
  • Introduction to make up application 2 the elements of the face
  • Facial skin care theory
  • Facial skin care techniques
  • Lash and brow
  • Nail technician: manicure and pedicure
  • UV Gel nails, acrylic nails, fibreglass nails and decoration
Introduction To Business English

Here is what you will learn in this module:

  • Non-verbal communication
  • Business communication
  • Communication skills
  • Meetings and presentations
Professional Salon Skills

Here is what you will learn in this module:

  • Introduction to the beauty industry
  • Professional conduct in a salon
  • Client liaison
  • Beauty Therapist behaviour
Introduction To Makeup Application 1

Here is what you will learn in this module:

  • How the face is made up
  • Tools for making up
  • Makeup colours
  • How foundation and concealers are used
  • What contouring is
Introduction To Makeup Application 2

Here is what you will learn in this module:

  • Making up the eyes
  • Making up the lips
  • Make for all ages
  • Making up for special occasions
  • Classics makeup
Facial Skin Care Theory

Here is what you will learn in this module:

  • Anatomy of the skin
  • Skin types
  • Skin tones
  • Skin disorders
Facial Skin Care Techniques

Here are the 10 topics in this module:

  • Hygiene and preparation of the treatment are
  • Face mapping and client consultations
  • Basic/normal facial components
  • Collagen/anti-ageing facial
  • Acne/ deep cleansing facial
  • Light fruit acid peel facial
  • Galvanic facial
  • Oxygen facial
  • Facials for men
  • After-care advice
Lash And Brow

Here are the topics that you will study in this module:

  • Client consultation
  • Brow services
  • Lash services
  • Lash and brow tinting
Nail Technician: Manicure And Pedicure

Here are the topics that you will study in this module:

  • History of nail care
  • The anatomy of the hand and foot
  • The skin
  • The structure of the nail
  • Tools, equipment, materials and products
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
UV Gel Nails And Decoration

Here are the topics that you will study in this module:

  • UV gel nails
  • Nail decoration
  • Acrylic nails
  • Acrylic nails – reversed method
  • Fibreglass
NOTE: Our Short Courses are in partnership with Skills Academy. We offer Short Courses through Skills Academy. Matric College and Skills Academy are partner Colleges

How Do I Become A Beauty Therapist In South Africa?

To become a Beauty Therapist in South Africa, you have to learn about the skills and knowledge of beauty care. Matric College in conjunction with Skills academy offers a Short course in Beauty Therapy. To enrol for this course, speak to one of our course experts.

How Long Does A Beauty Therapy Course Take?

Matric College offers the Beauty Therapy: Expert Course. This course gives students a wide range of skills and knowledge in beauty treatments. These treatments include makeup, nails, skincare and body massages. This Beauty Therapy: expert Courses take about 24 – 30 months to complete.

Here is the duration of all the Beauty Short Courses that Matric College offers:

Why Should I Become A Beauty Therapist?

Here are the reasons why you should become a Beauty Therapist:

  • More work options in the beauty industry
  • High demand for services
  • People-centred profession
  • Flexible hours
  • Gain soft skills
  • Start your own business
  • Flexible entry requirements 

More Work Options In The Beauty Industry

If you study a Beauty Therapy Short course, you will have a broad range of career options. If you study a Beauty Therapy expert course,  you can consider some of these career options:

  • Makeup Artist
  • Artistic Director
  • Aromatherapy Specialist
  • Lash Technician
  • Spa Assistant
  • Holistic Therapy Specialist
  • Cosmetic Sales Person

High Demand For Services

There is always a high demand for beauty services as people would want to look presentable. This demand is especially higher among women. The film and television industry needs makeup artists. With the increased use of social media, the demand for the services of a Beauty Therapist has increased.

People-Centred Profession

The beauty industry is a people-centred profession. If you like working with people, it is a profession for you. If you have good personal and communication skills, it is also a good profession for you.  

Flexible Hours

The beauty profession can also have flexible hours, and you can have time to pursue other things. You can only book your clients when you have the time to work on them. Alternatively, you can have a fixed time when you can service your clients. You can even work full time in the beauty profession.    

Gain Soft Skills

When you study the Beauty Therapist Short course, you will also learn soft skills. Here are some of the soft skills that you can learn:

  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Numeracy
  • Analytical thinking 
  • Artistic
  • Time management  

Start Your Own Business

With a Beauty Therapy course, you can start your own business. As already mentioned, the beauty business is already booming. The future of the profession is very bright. An investment in a beauty course is, therefore, a good investment. 

Flexible Entry Requirements 

You should study the beauty Therapist course because the entry requirements are flexible. To study the Beauty Therapist expert t course, the requirement is that you must be able to read, write and understand English.

What Is The Highest Beauty Qualification?

The highest qualification in Beauty is a Degree. Here are some of the Degrees in beauty:

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Makeup for Media and Performance
  • Bachelor in Cosmetology
  • Bachelor, Fashion and Beauty Makeup Artist
  • Bachelor of Beauty and Cosmetics
  • Bachelor in Beauty Science

How Much Does A Beauty Therapy Course Cost In South Africa?

Matric College Beauty Therapy expert course starts any time that you feel you are ready to study. Fill in the form below or alternatively speak to one of our course experts, and you will be advised on which route to take and the cost thereof.

How Do I Start A Career In Beauty?

To start your Beauty career, register with Matric College by contacting one of our course experts. They will inform you about all you need to know regarding the Beauty Therapy expert course. They will also advise you on how to go about your studies and payment options.

  • Within 5 -7 days, you will receive your course material by courier
  • Attempt your first assignment and more thereafter
  • Submit your assignments
  • Get your Short course Certificate

What Are The Career Opportunities In Beauty Care?

There are a variety of careers in Beauty Therapy. Here are some of them: 

  • Nail Technician
  • Barber
  • Hairdresser
  • Manicurist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Artistic Director
  • Aromatherapy Specialist
  • Lash Technician
  • Spa Assistant
  • Holistic Therapy Specialist
  • Cosmetic Sales Person
  • Facial Therapist

What Is The Role Of A Beauty Therapist?

Here are some of the duties of a Beauty Therapist:

  • Use waxing and electrolysis to remove facial and body hair
  • Provide manicures and pedicures
  • Give various types of facial and body massages, including hot stone and reflexology
  • Conduct skin analysis
  • Manage appointments
  • Warmly welcome customers upon their arrival
  • Update client records with contact details and treatments received
  • Provide advice on makeup products and techniques based on each client’s needs
  • Cross-sell beauty products and additional treatments when appropriate
  • Ensure all areas are clean and equipment is sterilized before use

How Much Do Beauty Therapists Earn In South Africa?

Here are the average salaries of Beauty Therapists in South Africa:

LEVEL OF BEAUTY THERAPISTAVERAGE SALARY / MONTH
Entry Level (0 – 4 years of experience)R 12 000.00
Middle Level (4 – 9 years of experience)R 12 500.00
Senior Level (10+ years of experience)R 29 687.00

What Makes The Most Money In Beauty?

Here are some of the highest-paying jobs in the beauty industry:

  • Hairdresser / Hairstylist
  • Cosmetic Surgeon
  • Beauty Blogger / Vlogger
  • Private Cosmetic Dentist
  • Beautician or Cosmetologist
  • Modelling
  • Aesthetician
  • Image Consultant / Stylist
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Makeup Artist

What Is A Beauty Therapist Called?

A Beauty Therapist can be called by other names. These are some of the names that a Beauty therapist is known as:

  • Cosmetician
  • Hairdresser
  • Stylist
  • Manicurist
  • Masseuse
  • Beautician
  • Hairdressing

What Skills Do You Need For Beauty Therapy?

A Beauty Therapist course is where one works with people. For you to be an effective Beautician, here are some of the skills that you need:

  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Organisational
  • Analytical
  • Artistic
  • Numeracy
  • Computer

Communication

To be an effective Beauty Therapist, good communication skills are an essential element. Beauty Therapy is a people-centred profession. Your day-to-day duties include communication with your clients. 

It is therefore of utmost importance that your written and oral communication skills present you as the professional that you are. Responding to calls and messages in time also project you as an effective Beauty Therapist. Use business language when you communicate with your clients. 

Time Management

An effective Beauty Therapist knows how to keep time. Remember, you will usually work with appointments. It is important that you stick to the times that you will have agreed with your clients. Time management can make or break a business. Most people have busy schedules. When they come for their appointment, they expect you to be time conscious.   

Organisational

An effective Beauty Therapist is organised. Here are some of the activities that can make you an organised beauty Therapist:

  • Diarise your appointments
  • Keep your workspace smart
  • Be presentable
  • Your work tools should be easily accessible

Analytical

Analyse situations in order for you to be always on top of the situation. Analysing situations can help to avoid, for example, losses, disgruntled clients, and mistrust.

Artistic

Beauty Therapy can be an art as much as it is a science. Take, for example, hairstyling, an artistic touch is required to get the best results. 

Computer

A computer is a tool that you will use on a day-to-day basis. Good computer skills are a prerequisite for you to be an effective Beautician. Here is what you can do with the computer:

  • Communication
  • Storage
  • Research
  • Report writing
  • Database

Does A Beauty Therapist Do Makeup?

Yes, a Beauty Therapist does makeup as well. Remember, a Beauty Therapist is involved in most aspects of beauty. This also includes the following:

  • Facials
  • Pedicures
  • Hair removal
  • Tan application
  • Hot stone and oil massages
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Eyebrow tints

Do Beauty Therapists Do Nails?

Yes, a Beauty Therapist does nails. Remember, a Beauty Therapist is involved in most aspects of beauty. This also includes the following:

  • Facials
  • Hair removal
  • Tan application
  • Hot stone and oil massages
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Eyebrow tints

Do Beauty Therapists Do Hair?

Yes, a Beauty Therapist does hair. Remember, a Beauty Therapist is involved in most aspects of beauty. This also includes the following:

  • Facials
  • Pedicures
  • Tan application
  • Hot stone and oil massages
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Eyebrow tints

Do Beauty Therapists Do Massage?

Yes, a Beauty Therapist does hot stone and oil massages. Remember, a Beauty Therapist is involved in most aspects of beauty. This also includes the following:

  • Facials
  • Pedicures
  • Hair removal
  • Tan application
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Eyebrow tints

What Is A Spa?

A Spa is usually a place that offers relaxing, therapeutic or beauty treatments. You can go to a Spa for just one treatment. You can also go to a full Spa day or an all-inclusive package.  A Spa can include steam rooms and jacuzzis. Other services at a Spa include the following:

  • Hairstyling and waxing
  • Thermal baths
  • Holistic therapies
  • Piping hot mud bath
  • Vinotherapy
  • Cryotherapy chamber
  • Indigenous treatments

What Is A Beautician?

A beautician is someone with the skills and knowledge to provide hair, nail, makeup or skincare services to their clients. Some beauticians prefer to give a wide range of services to their clients, while others prefer to specialise in a particular area.

What Is Cosmetology?

Cosmetology is the study of the application of beauty treatments. This ranges from manicures, pedicures, hair treatments, massages and skin oils. Cosmetology aims to improve people’s beauty and maintain a healthy body as well as healthy skin.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Work In A Spa?

You can work in a Spa if you complete one or more of the following Short courses:

Why Choose To Study Title via Distance Learning

To study for the Beauty Therapist programme,  you must be able to study by distance learning. Distance learning is a form of online learning. Here are the advantages of studying by distance learning:

  • Flexibility
  • Cut transport costs
  • Study anywhere
  • COVID-19 safe
  • Earn and learn at the same time

Flexibility

There is flexibility in studying by distance learning. You plan your own study timetable. By studying through distance learning, you will never miss a class. You can study at your own pace in your own time. 

Cut Transport Costs

With distance learning, there is no need to travel to classes. This way, you get to cut travel costs. In addition to cutting costs, you also save on time since there will be no need to travel. The time that you would have spent travelling can be used for studying. 

Study Anywhere

Distance learning allows you to study anywhere you want, as you do not have to attend classes. You will, however, need internet access to be online. Remember, you also have your Matric College-issued study notes and textbooks that you can work from. 

Covid-19 Safe

By studying through distance learning, you reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 as you will be studying at home. If you have a smartphone, there will be no need to leave your home to visit an internet café. You can access relevant study material through your phone.

Earn And Learn At The Same Time

With distance learning, you can earn and learn at the same time. You can work full or part-time while studying. The added benefit of this option is that you can pay for your studies this way. 

What Falls Under The Beauty Industry?

The beauty industry encompasses both the service sector and product sales and manufacturing. Here are some of what constitutes the beauty industry:

  • Sales of cosmetics
  • Sales of perfumes
  • Sales of skin products
  • Sales of hair care products
  • Beauty salons and spas
  • Health clubs
  • Cosmetic surgery

Which Country Is Famous For Cosmetics?

According to statista.com, here are the 10 countries that are famous for cosmetics in the world:

  1. France 
  2. United States of America 
  3. Germany
  4. Ireland
  5. Singapore
  6. United Kingdom
  7. South Korea
  8. Italy 
  9. China 
  10. Spai

Which Is The Best Cosmetic Brand In South Africa?

In South Africa, the following are the best cosmetic brands:

  • Colgate- Palmolive Company
  • Unilever South Africa
  • Procter & Gamble
  • L’Oreal SA
  • The Estee Lauder Companies

What Is The Future Of The Beauty Industry?

In South Africa, the cosmetics and personal care product market is growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 0f 6.62 % over the next 5 years.

Is The Beauty Industry Profitable?

The beauty industry is profitable. According to Forbes, the global beauty industry is valued at $532 billion it is projected to grow by about 5 – 7% annually to reach a global figure in excess of $800 billion by 2025.

Benefits Of Studying At Matric College

To ensure that you succeed in earning your Beauty Therapist Expert course qualification, here is how you can benefit at Matric College:

  • Provide you with textbooks
  • Provide you with expertly written study notes
  • Access to your tutors
  • Access to student support services from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Assist with exam preparations

Frequently Asked Questions

A Somatologist improves the general wellness of a person. This is done through sharing advice on the following: 

  • Physical appearance
  • Advising on healthy eating habits
  • Healthy product use
  • Use of clinical treatments

Beauty therapy is a comprehensive treatment of the face and body. Beauty therapy goes beyond facial makeup and nails. Here is the range of activities that beauty therapy includes:

  • Facials
  • Pedicures
  • Hair removal
  • Tan application
  • Hot stone and oil massages
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Eyebrow tints

The words Beautician and Beauty Therapist are usually used interchangeably. A Beautician’s role is the same as that of a Beauty Therapist. Where the two terms are used independently, the difference noted is usually minor.

The difference between a Cosmetologist and a Beauty Therapist is in their functions. Here are the functions of the two:

Beauty Therapist 

A Beauty Therapist does the following activities:

  • Facials
  • Pedicures
  • Hair removal
  • Tan application
  • Hot stone and oil massages
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Eyebrow tints 

Cosmetologist

A Cosmetologist’s major role are to advise people on the cosmetics and beauty treatments suitable for the different shades of skins. Cosmetics and beauty treatments are not ‘one size fits all’ but are specific to an individual.

Author: Collin Wilbesi
Date Published: April 22, 2022
Editor: Amy Venter