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OVERVIEW

Begin building your future today at Isa Carstens Academy, known for more than 40 years for its academic quality and innovation. With a variety of courses and short courses, you can pursue your dream right now by applying today.

We strive not to only make our students employable, but also developing their entrepreneurial skills.

HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN FRONT OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

1 Year Full-time

SAQA - 111453

NQF Level 5

120 Credits

KEY FEATURES
Provides a supportive role to management and Somatologists through front desk communication and administration in a salon and spa environment, while equipping students with selected practical skills.

ABOUT
The trillion-dollar health and wellness industry has been expanding at a rapid rate and this has created a specific demand for qualified and competent individuals working in front office administration, especially in salon, spa or wellness environments. Our practical beauty modules offered as electives will enable you to assist with specific treatments in a wellness environment, while our retail marketing elective will kick-start your career in sales and administration in a retail environment across various industries.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Basic Beauty Therapy
  • Cosmetic Counter Sales Consultant
  • Front Desk Administrator
  • Aesthetics Practice Administrator
  • Salon Receptionist
  • Assistant Managers

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 40% in the language of learning and teaching

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

Subjects

  • Front Office Administration
  • Client Services and Ethics
  • Business Numeracy and Accounting Practice
  • Business Communication
  • Office Technology and Data Processing
  • Retail Marketing (Elective)
  • Beauty and Wellness Services (Elective)

Learning Outcomes

  • Execution of administrative and related functions in a salon and/or spa environment
  • Business support in the capacity of administrative and/or office assistant
  • Communication – clients, staff and management
  • Demonstrate correct reception techniques
  • Work effectively in a team, taking responsibility for your own decisions and actions and those of others within well-defined contexts
  • Selected practical skills within a salon/spa environment (elective)
  • Apply marketing principles, demonstrating an understanding of consumer behaviour ensuring the effective management of the sales process (elective)

THE MODERN FRONT OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Same course, different outcome!

Front Office Administrator
  • Front Office Administration
  • Client Services
  • Accounting
  • Business Communication
  • Office Technology and Data Processing

Front Office Administrator with Retail and Beauty skills

  • Front Office Administration
  • Client Services
  • Accounting
  • Business Communication
  • Office Technology and Data Processing
  • Retail Marketing
  • Beauty and Wellness (Manicure, Pedicure, Nail Technology, Waxing Make-up, Massage)

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StellenboschPretoria

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DIPLOMA IN SOMATOLOGY

SOMATOLOGY UNCOVERED
Somatology is the scientific study of the body with specific focus on wellness and skincare. The term Somatology comes from Greek roots and literally means body and study. Somatology is a highly specialised field of study focusing on the integration of knowledge from theory to practice and an
in depth knowledge and understanding of the human body with emphasis on the skin.

3 Years

SAQA - 83046

NQF Level 6

360 Credits

KEY FEATURES

  • Relevant to the economic context of the business environment
  • Based on Industry trends and needs
  • Benchmarked against sound Health & Skincare principles
  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • Integrated Work experience while studying

ABOUT
The Diploma in Somatology offered at the Isa Carstens Academy is the quintessential qualification for anyone looking to have a fulfilling career in the health and wellness industry – whether locally or abroad.

Defined as the scientific study of the body with a particular focus on wellness and skin care, Somatology provides you with more in depth knowledge and skills compared to a basic beauty course.

This accredited qualification has been pioneered and perfected at the Academy over a period of more than 40 years, and will open many doors for you in the industry.

Our Somatology graduates can be found working nationally and internationally in highly sought after positions, ranging from skin care clinics to cruise liners and as entrepreneurs of their own businesses. So if you are serious about a career in the wellness industry, look no further than our Diploma in Somatology.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

Year 1

• Anatomy & Physiology
• Biotics
• Business Practice
• Nutrition
• Somatology Theory & Practical
• Cosmetic Science

Year 2

• Anatomy & Physiology
• Biotics
• Business Management
• Cosmetic Science
• Nutrition
• Somatology Theory & Practical
• Research Principles & Academic Writing

Year 3

• Anatomy & Physiology
• Business Planning
• Chemistry of Oils
• Somatology Theory & Practical
• Research Practice: Case Studies

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Most of our Somatology graduates are found to be working in the following areas:

  • Skin Care Clinics
  • Cruise Liners
  • Sales and Marketing Representatives
  • Salons, Spas Hydros
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Trainers and Lecturers
  • Cosmetic Journalism
  • Medi-spas’
  • Medical Aesthetic practices

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) from the South African Matriculation Board with an endorsement from the board certifying that you are eligible for Diploma study at a tertiary institution is required.
Preference will be given to students who have achieved a Matric endorsement with an Admission Point Score (APS) in excess of 24 (twenty four).

The point rating for the 6 subjects required for the NSC excluding Life Orientation will be used in calculating the APS. The APS is calculated as a sum of the 6 point rating with no one subject weighted more than any other.

In addition, preference will be given to students with Life Science up to grade 12. To assist those who haven’t selected Life Sciences as a subject through to Grade 12 or achieved an average below 50% in the NSC – a compulsory bridging programme during the first year of study has been developed (Additional costs apply).

Exceptions
A Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate in a Cognate field will also be considered.
Applicants who wrote exams outside of South Africa are required to have their qualifications verified by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Visit www.saqa.org.za for more information.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process of assessing the knowledge and skills of a person against a qualification or part thereof. The process involves the identification, assessment and acknowledgment of knowledge and skills obtained through informal, non-formal and formal learning.

Students may provide evidence of prior learning for which they may receive credit towards the qualification. Evidence may be presented in the form of portfolios of evidence or any other form of appropriate evidence, which may include verified accounts of previous relevant work experience

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StellenboschPretoria

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ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN DERMAL AESTHETICS

1 Year Distance Learning

SAQA - 97898

NQF Level 7

120 Credits

KEY FEATURES

  • Distance learning programme
  • Online webinar sessions
  • 3 x practical block sessions per year

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A three-year Diploma in Somatology (NQF Level 6, 360 credits) or equivalent qualification in a related field.

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process of assessing the knowledge and skills of a person against a qualification or part thereof. The process involves the identification, assessment and acknowledgment of knowledge and skills obtained through informal, non-formal and formal learning.

Students may provide evidence of prior learning for which they may receive credit towards the qualification. Evidence may be presented in the form of portfolios of evidence or any other form of appropriate evidence, which may include verified accounts of previous relevant work experience.

NOTE: Entry into the Advanced Diploma of Dermal Aesthetics is not automatic. A limited number of students will be accepted and selection will be on the basis of academic performance. Industry experience will be an added advantage.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
This qualification will provide students with job opportunities in:

  • Medical Spas
  • Medical Aesthetic Practices
  • Dental Spas

MODE OF INSTRUCTION
The Advanced Diploma in Dermal Aesthetics is a distance learning programme enabling the student to continue their employment while completing his/her qualification. In order to support the student in acquiring the necessary advanced skills, the programme will include various learning opportunities:

Online / On-Campus contact sessions:
Students will be able to take part in the session either via live streaming or on-site at one of the two campuses. These contact sessions will vary, depending on the specific subject with 6 x 2-hour contact sessions per subject per academic year. Sessions will be presented one evening a week from 18:00-20:00 after which it will be uploaded to Moodle where students can access the lesson at a later stage if they were unable to attend the session or require a repeat session.

On-campus block sessions:
Three practical on-campus block sessions which will consist of a maximum of 5 days at a time will be hosted at the Stellenbosch and Pretoria campuses. The student should commit to attending these sessions as it is compulsory for the student to attend these sessions which consist of practical training and interactive sessions.

Independent study:
With the aid of study guides and carefully developed assignments and class tests, the student will be guided through the course in order to prepare them for the summative examinations.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

Compulsory Subjects

  • Advanced Procedures in Aesthetic Treatments
  • Advanced Dermal Science
  • Dermal Pathophysiology
  • Practice Management
  • Applied Cosmetic Science
  • Research Methodology

Modules covered

  • The ageing skin
  • Scarring and wound healing
  • Pigmentation
  • Acne and Rosacea
  • Allergic and reactive skin conditions
  • Body treatments

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StellenboschPretoria