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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 Programmes

Entry Requirements for All Programmes

All applicants must:
  • Have successfully achieved:
    • the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) (Level 1) or an equivalent qualification, or
    • an NZQA-approved qualification or an equivalent qualification at a higher level, or
  • If 20 years old or older and without any qualifications, show evidence of the ability to successfully achieve and succeed in the programme, and
  • Communicate effectively in all areas of English to a suitable and appropriate level
Domestic students must also:
  • Be at least 16 years old by the programme's start date
International students must also:
  • Be at least 18 years old by the programme's start date
  • Meet the English language requirements set forth by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
We reserve the right to allow special entry to a student where she demonstrates 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.

Students with Medical Conditions

  • You may need to provide medical diagnosis and medical clearance to undertake study with us to ensure your health and safety.
  • You must have and maintain a good standard of health so you meet the attendance criteria.
  • You may need to supply a model for treatments you are unable to be a model for.

Students with Learning Conditions

  • You may need to provide us with any written reports on your learning conditions from a qualified professional to help us help you during the course.
  • You may need help from a specialist tutor outside of class.

Domestic Students Who Speak English as a Second Language

  • You may need to provide evidence of suitability for the programme through adequate use and understanding of English.

Special Entry Requirements for Specific Programmes

The following programmes have additional entry requirements:
Programme Additional Entry Requirements
New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapy (Level 5)
  • Have successfully achieved:
    • New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4), or
    • New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), or
    • an NZQA-approved beauty or massage qualification or an equivalent beauty or massage qualification at level 4 or higher
New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5)
  • Have successfully achieved:
    • New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4), or
    • an NZQA-approved beauty qualification or an equivalent beauty qualification at level 4 or higher

Current NZQA English Language Requirements for International Students

Option 1 -- Progression from a New Zealand High School

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

Option 2 -- Primary and / or Secondary Level Education in English

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 form years 9 thorugh 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.

Option 3 -- Acceptable Tertiary Qualifications in English from an Acceptable Country

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

Option 4 -- English Language Test

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
  • Score of 550 or higher on the Paper-Based Test (pBT); and
  • An essay score at or higher than 5 TWE
  • 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 42 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

Option 5 - Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

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

Refusal of Application or Enrolment, and Termination of Enrolment

We reserve the right to refuse the application or the enrolment of, or terminate the enrolment of, any student who:

  • Is not of good character (including, but not limited to, having a criminal conviction, a history of bad debt, a history of bad conduct, et cetera)
  • Has been previously or currently found guilty of misconduct (including, but not limited to, plagiarism and copying)
  • Is enrolled in a full-time programme at the same time at a different tertiary education organisation or secondary school as they are enrolled with us
  • Has poor results or made insufficient progress academically after a reasonable amount of time
  • Demonstrates a lack of serious interest in the programme (including, but not limited to, not showing up for appointments, not keeping in contact regarding application, enrolment or academic matters, and not showing up for class)

We also reserve the right to deny an application without revealing our reasons for doing so.

Other information on termination of enrolment can be found in the Application and Enrolment Forms, school rules and regulations, and Withdrawal and Refund Policies and Procedures.

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