Diploma of Beauty and Spa Practice

Are you ready to start your exciting professional career in the Beauty and Spa Industry?

The Diploma of Beauty and Spa Practice aims to graduate professionals with high-quality practical training who are prepared and capable of securing employment in the diverse industry of Beauty and Spa:

Leveraging the history of ANCB

We are proud to leverage the long and established history of Australian National College of Beauty (ANCB) and utilise its experienced academic staff to deliver this new higher education diploma.

Practical experience

Our dynamic student clinic offers a range of client treatments designed to help you get ready for your first real job in the beauty therapy industry.  Students will enjoy a collaborative learning environment to maximise learning and engagement. Graduates of this course will be capable of incorporating new technologies and innovations into their professional practice, in addition to making a meaningful contribution to the industry.

Industry professionals as your teachers

Our teaching staff at Torrens University Australia are beauty industry professionals. Torrens has a strong focus on employability, so access to our well-connected staff members can help open doors into your future beauty career.

Move on up and get credit

By studying the Diploma of Beauty and Spa Practice at Torrens, you will have the option upon completion, to upgrade your qualifications to a bachelor’s degree. The Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) is a new and innovative course that delivers high-quality training and provides a strong foundation in health science, coupled with a holistic approach to the advanced area of aesthetics and dermal therapies.

Success Coaches

Our Success Coaches leverage a student’s strengths and align their learning with their broader life purpose. They work with students from their first admission, coaching students to successfully navigate the educational landscape and build personal and professional capability to improve their employability outcomes including self-employment and entrepreneurship. With a focus on the student’s career goals, and trained in Gallup strengths quest, the Success Coach takes a strengths-based approach to engage with and motivate students for study and career success.


Key Study Outcomes:

About the School

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

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Course Delivery

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Workload and Assessment

No. of timetabled hours per week:

It is expected that each 10 credit point subject will involve approximately 36 hours of directed study and approximately 84 hours of self-directed study.

Typical assessment includes:

Assessments vary and may include: Practical assessment, participation in clinics, industry placement reports, case studies, in-class debates, online tests and quizzes, participation in online discussion forums and research projects.

Subject Information

This subject addresses both the theoretical knowledge and demonstrates practical skills related to a range of therapeutic treatments including spa therapies, aromatherapy massage and blending, hot stone therapies and Indian head massage. This subject also focuses on the skills and knowledge required to establish and clarify client priorities, synthesize knowledge of anatomy and physiology, skin biology, cosmetic chemistry, histology and nutrition as it relates to the treatments being performed. Service contraindications, WHS requirements and lifestyle factors that may impact the provision of treatments are also addressed.

This subject addresses the basic theoretical concepts related to the physical and fundamental aspects of electrical, mechanical, sound and thermal equipment used in aesthetics procedures for the face and body. This subject provides foundational knowledge that allows the learner to understand the physiological effects of each related body system, created through electrical and mechanical aesthetic treatments. This subject is a pre-requisite to Aesthetic Electrotherapy II.

This subject addresses the basic skills of aesthetic facial techniques. It addresses the use of equipment, basic technology and cosmetic preparations associated with electro-aesthetic facial treatments. It enables facial procedures to be conducted which include cleansing the skin, skin analysis, treatment of skin disorders such as acne and application of products based on identified skin conditions and type. This subject is a pre-requisite to Aesthetics Practice with Technology II (included in the Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics).

This subject addresses the foundation and development of manual aesthetic techniques in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forms. It develops the practical skills associated with the application of body massage treatments and aesthetics treatments that include lymphatic drainage of the face and body. It addresses the technical knowledge surrounding client consultation and assessment, contraindications, treatment protocols and planning based on individual client characteristics and variables.

This subject focuses on establishing a combination of salon based practical skill sets including waxing, tinting, make-up, manicures and pedicures, in addition to the underpinning foundation knowledge associated with these treatments. This subject addresses both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to perform a range of treatments that are commonly performed in a salon environment, and in high demand. Students will be able to consult with clients, select suitable products/equipment and make treatment variations based on individual clients and their needs. This subject introduces students to the practical workplace environment and allows students to apply knowledge to a ‘real world’ scenario. This subject also introduces basic concepts of anatomy and physiology, skin biology, cosmetic chemistry, histology and nutrition as it relates to the treatments being performed.

The subject focuses on the foundations of professional ethics of the Aesthetic professional, including the concept, history, importance and principles of the profession. It focuses on the professional avenues in which the Beauty/Aesthetic professional works and highlights professional communication and integration with the other areas of health and wellness. This subject examines the professional career, and the history of Beauty/Spa and Aesthetics education, and discusses their role in society. It also discusses the professional associations and regulatory bodies relevant to the Beauty/Spa and Aesthetics industry.

This subject also focuses on Salon and Business Fundamentals relevant to the professional workplace in the Beauty/Spa and Aesthetics industry.

In addition, this subject addresses the basic fundamentals in a practical treatment scenario including Occupational Workplace Health & Safety, organisation of the work station, client consultation, treatment planning and professional conduct when addressing client concerns.

This subject places the future Beauty/Spa professional into a clinical work environment (practical clinic or work placement). Students experience the day-to-day practice of Beauty/Spa environments in clinics, salons, spas and/or other healthcare institutions, with emphasis on beauty/spa treatments for the face and body.

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