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Entry Criteria

What qualifications and skills you need to enrol

Entry criteria are the requirements you must meet to enrol in your beauty therapy course, nail technology course, or spa therapies course. We have listed the entry criteria below.

Entry Requirements for Courses

The standard of our graduates is very high, so, to a certain extent, we prefer accepting a certain standard of applicant. We do not wish to preclude any individual from training, and we will assess you on your merits.

As prospective student, you should be able to:

“Completed” in this and all further instances means you successfully met the academic and other requirements to gain the qualification and you have the record of learning, transcript and/or certificate to prove this.

Entry level programmes: Demonstrate some past academic achievement.

Formal, completed secondary qualification

The minimum you must have if you are under 20 years old is NCEA Level 1
  • NCEA Level 1, 2 and/or 3 (minimum is completed NCEA Level 1 if you are under 20)
  • University of Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE or higher
  • School Certificate
  • University Entrance
  • Bursary
  • Overseas equivalents
NCEA Requirements

In order to claim you have completed NCEA at one of the levels, you must have met the following criteria for that specific level:

NCEA Level 1 Requirements
Minimum Credits Credits at Levels Additional Requirements
80 or more credits successfully completed 80 credits at levels 1, 2 or 3 10 credits in literacy and
10 credits in numeracy
NCEA Level 2 Requirements
Minimum Credits Credits at Levels Additional Requirements
80 or more credits successfully completed 60 or more credits at level 2 and
20 additional credits at any level
NCEA Level 3 Requirements
Minimum Credits Credits at Levels Additional Requirements
80 or more credits successfully completed 60 or more credits at level 3 and
20 additional credits at level 2 or above

Formal, completed tertiary qualification

  • National / New Zealand Certificate
  • National / New Zealand Diploma
  • National / New Zealand Degree
  • NZQA-Approved Certificate
  • NZQA-Approved Diploma
  • New Zealand Degree
  • Overseas equivalents

If you are aged 20 or over…

You may provide evidence of skills or qualifications gained throughout work or life if secondary school and tertiary qualifications are not available.

Professional development programmes: Demonstrate you hold the required pre-requisite qualifications.

Each professional development course has its own specific prerequisite qualifications. See our information for the course you are interested in for the prerequisites.

Formal, completed industry-specific qualification

This could include (but not limited to):

  • Certificate in Aesthetics
  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics
  • Certificate in Nail Technology
  • Diploma in Spa Therapies
  • Diploma in Massage Therapy
  • Or an NZQA-Approved or overseas equivalent

Additional prerequisites may be required

For example, the Statement of Achievement in Red Vein Treatment requires you to have been practicing electrology professionally for 2 years prior to starting the course.

We reserve the right…

To waive proof for NaSA graduates whose results and/or qualifications are known to us.

We have no upper age limit.

International students must be at least 18 years old at the time of enrolment.

Certain disabilities and medical conditions may contraindicate or preclude you from completing some or all of the course requirements. Declare all medical and learning conditions in your application. There are solutions and work-arounds to some conditions. We judge applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Frequent absenteeism due to ill health is not acceptable, and it may stop you from sitting course examinations.

There are solutions and work-arounds to some conditions. We judge applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Students with learning disabilities or speaking English as a second language may be asked to provide medical diagnosis or evidence of suitability for the programme, and may need to seek specialist tutor assistance during (and outside the scope of) the programme.

To gain entry into any programme at the school, international students who speak English as a second language should have, at minimum, meet one of the following criteria:

International students who have English as a second language and are progressing from a New Zealand high school into our programme, should have gained, at minimum:
  • NCEA Level 3; and
  • Have met University Entrance requirements

International students who meet the following primary and / or secondary level education requirements where the language of instruction was in English:
Primary and secondary education
  • All primary education (equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 through 8); and
  • At least three years of secondary education (equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school from years 9 through 13)
Secondary education only
  • At least five years of secondary education (equivalent to New Zealand secondary school years 9 through 13)
Special note
  • If the visa decline rate for the international student’s country of citizenship is 20% or higher, she may not seek entry under this specific criterion.

International students who have successfully completed a tertiary qualification to the level below where English was the language of instruction in one of the following countries:
Acceptable Tertiary Qualification
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Bachelor Honours Degree
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctorate Degree
Acceptable Countries
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • The Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States of America

International students who have gained the following scores from one of the following English language tests, taken overseas or within New Zealand, within the last 2 years:
  • Score of 6.0 or higher on the Academic Module Test; and
  • Each band score at or higher than 5.5

Paper-Based Test (pBT)

  • Score of 550 or higher on the Paper-Based Test (pBT); and
  • An essay score at or higher than 5 TWE

Internet-Based Test (iBT)

  • Score of 80 or higher on the Internet-Based Test (iBT); and
  • A listening score at or higher than 20; and
  • A reading score at or higher than 20; and
  • A speaking score at or higher than 20; and
  • A writing score at or higher than 20.
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
  • Score of 52 or higher on the First Certificate in English (FCE) or Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) with Academic endorsement

International students who have gained the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

Constructive criticism is the way in which we help you correct deficiencies or errors in your skills. We try to balance negative criticism with positive praise.

We reserve the right to allow special entry to students if they demonstrate an extraordinary ability which compensates for a deficiency in one or more of the areas above.

If your originals are not in English, you will need to have a certified translator translate the document into English for your application.

Pre-Requisite Qualifications

For all professional development courses, applicants are expected to provide evidence of completion of the pre-requisite qualification(s) with their submission.

For more information on pre-requisite qualifications, see the individual course page in our Professional Development section.

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