If you’re passionate about pampering, then a career in beauty therapy may well have crossed your mind. Oxbridge Academy offers various beauty therapy courses, but how will they benefit you once you’ve completed them?

What do the courses entail?

There are various theory-based short learning programmes that you can choose from, depending on your interests in the field of beauty therapy. The recommended duration of each of these skills certificates is 8 months, but you can definitely complete the courses much faster if you’re focused on your studies. The options are:

Oxbridge Academy Skills Certificate: Nailcare

  • If you want to learn how to perform the perfect manicure and pedicure, as well as how to do nail art, then this is the course for you.
  • You’ll also learn about nail structure, nail diseases and all the nail care tools and equipment you would use in a career as a nailcare professional.

Oxbridge Academy Skills Certificate: Facial Skincare

  • This course will teach you about different skin tones, skin types and skin disorders.
  • Once you’ve completed the course, you will have a theoretical knowledge of how to perform different types of facial treatments.

Oxbridge Academy Skills Certificate: Massage Techniques

  • If you see yourself working in a massage parlour, then this is a great introductory course for you.
  • The course equips you with the basics of how to give different types of massages, including hand and foot massage, Indian head massage, and full body massage.

Oxbridge Academy Skills Certificate: Make-Up Application

  • If you want to become a make-up artist, then this course will lay the basic foundations.
  • You’ll learn how to apply make-up correctly for different occasions, how to care for your make-up tools, how to interact with clients, and how to maintain proper hygiene in your working environment.

What will you be able to do with these courses?

These courses will all give you an introduction to the beauty therapy discipline of your interest. You may decide to use the knowledge you’ve gained for your own personal benefit, but remember that these courses do not include a practical component, so you should practise the theoretical knowledge you’ve learnt during your studies. Once you feel that you’ve mastered the techniques, you could start a small business by offering your services to family and friends.

If your end goal is to become a fully qualified beautician, we recommend that you study at an accredited beauty college that specialises in this field. Fortunately, there are many paths leading up to becoming a beauty therapist in South Africa, so if you get enough practice, hone your skills and gain experience, then you should be able to find career opportunities in this industry.

What additional skills will help you in a beauty therapy career?

  • Good communication and social skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Being well-dressed and well-groomed
  • Being creative and artistic
  • Being focused and having the ability to concentrate carefully
  • Good time management

With the right foundations in place, along with some experience working part-time or volunteering, a career in beauty therapy is within your reach!

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