Course details

Academy Hair, Beauty & Retail Programme
Domestic tuition $0 per year
NZQF Level 2

About the course

Keen to find out if the hairdressing and beauty industry is for you while still in secondary school? Join UCOL's Academy Hair, Beauty & Retail Programme.

UCOL's Academy Hair, Beauty & Retail Programme gives you the core skills needed to succeed as a beautician, hairdresser, nail technician or in customer service. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 2 whilst exploring the technical, service and industry related skills to build your knowledge of this sector. 

You will learn about:
  • Customer service skills
  • Relevant computing skills
  • Hair design
  • Fashion trends
  • Beauty
  • Anatomy and physiology
Course Information
Manawatū (Thursday or Friday) Wairarapa (Thursday) Whanganui (Friday)

Unit Standard 21939 (Level 1) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of fashion trends in relation to hairstyling.

Unit Standard 24997 (Level 2) (Version 4) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of theft and fraud in a retail or distribution environment.

Unit Standard 25439 (Level 2) (Version 2 (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability concepts for a salon.

Unit Standard 27640 (Level 2) (Version 2) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of current fashion trends and history related to beauty therapy.

Unit Standard 27641 (Level 2) (Version 2) (3 Credits)
Describe the relevance of anatomy and physiology knowledge to beauty therapy practice.

Unit Standard 28026 (Level 2) (Version 1) (3 Credits)
Present a personal fashion image for work in a hairdressing salon environment.

Unit Standard 28295 (Level 2) (Version 3) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of serving customers in a retail environment.

Entry requirements

Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Biology
  • English

About the provider

UCOL in its many forms has been part of the community for more than a century. We are a proud example of a successful Institute of Technology and Polytechnic. We have a rich heritage and much to contribute to the future of vocational learning.

When you study with UCOL you’re much more than a number. We take the time to get to know you, to understand who you are. By sharing your strengths and what you want to achieve, we can truly help you get to where you want to be.

At UCOL, we’re here to support you all the way. Studying can be a challenge, we get that.

Study takes commitment, which, together with a learning style that suits you and the support you need, is a very powerful combination. At UCOL we encourage resilience and build self-confidence while you learn - providing our students with even greater opportunities.

As a student studying on or off campus, you can expect to learn skills and gain knowledge that sets you on your way. Gaining a qualification is a wonderful achievement that is earned, not given. We encourage you to stay in touch and make life-long learning a part of your journey. Ultimately, we want you to find your own place, whatever that may mean for you.

Our networks with local employers go beyond one-way exchanges, we value meaningful connections that are mutually beneficial. These relationships keep our education grounded, our programmes relevant, and job opportunities real. Our approach is truly collaborative.

UCOL graduates are well-rounded and possess the skills and values employers are looking. They are valued members of their local community. With campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Horowhenua, and various delivery locations, we’re well known throughout the central and lower North Island.

Being close to our communities is a vital part of who we are. We strive to deepen connections and help our communities to grow and prosper. We aspire to build positive, meaningful relationships that benefit our students and graduates. That is why we exist.