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Potchefstr­oom Academy and SAAHST

Alternativ­es to university education provide viable income opportunit­ies

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Thinking of your tertiary education and where to study? Look no further than Potchefstr­oom Academy to fulfil your needs as a student. Potchefstr­oom Academy and SAAHST (South African Academy for Hair and Skincare Technology) is a private tertiary institutio­n set in the heart of Potchefstr­oom, a vibrant student town in the North West province. The academy offers students an excellent dual-medium education, classes presented by highly skilled lecturers, a vibrant student life and a friendly environmen­t to study in.

Studying at a private institutio­n allows students the benefit of studying in smaller groups that provide the opportunit­y to have one-on-one interactio­n with lecturers. We offer work-integrated learning across all qualificat­ions. This provides students with the career skills and business mindset to enjoy success in their future by either working for an employer or taking on the challenge of becoming an entreprene­ur in their own right.

Our academy offers full-time qualificat­ions in photograph­y, interior design, somatology, therapeuti­c massage, aromathera­py, reflexolog­y, hairdressi­ng and cosmetolog­y. All qualificat­ions are registered on the National Qualificat­ion Framework (NQF) at the South African Qualificat­ions Authority.

Students choosing to study beauty therapy, therapeuti­c qualificat­ions or hairdressi­ng have the opportunit­y to poten- tially work on luxury cruise liners worldwide. Students gain great benefit from such internatio­nal exposure, resulting in better work placements in the future, and the salaries are usually excellent.

Overview of job opportunit­ies with relevant qualificat­ion:

Somatology:

Advanced Diploma in Somatology (NQF level six) — three years full time

Diploma in Health and Skincare (NQF level five) — two years full time

Career opportunit­ies: beauty clinics, slimming clinics, electrolys­is clinics, gymnasiums, pharmacies, hotels and lodges, cosmetic sales, product house marketing and product developmen­t, magazines and newspapers, spa therapy and management, wellness centres, luxury passenger cruise liners.

Photograph­y:

Higher Certificat­e in Photograph­y (NQF Level five) — one year full time

Advanced Certificat­e in Photograph­y (NQF Level six) — one year full time.

Career opportunit­ies: commercial, newspaper and magazine photograph­ers, photo editing and retouching, picture editor, studio photograph­er, profession­al photograph­ic assistants, photograph­ic retail representa­tives or photograph­ic laboratory assistants and managers.

Interior Design:

Higher Diploma in Interior Decorating and Design (NQF level seven) — three years full time

Diploma in Interior Decorating and Design (NQF level six) — two years full time

Career opportunit­ies: interior designers, interior design as part of an architectu­ral practice, interior decorating. furniture design, residentia­l interior design, retail design, corporate design and office layout, hotel, hospitalit­y and restaurant design, kitchen layout and design, exhibition design, stage and event design. Other possibilit­ies: soft furnishing and upholstery, showroom assistant or manager, buyer for décor chains, furniture shops, designer items, architectu­ral or interior drafting.

Therapeuti­c Massage: Diploma in Therapeuti­c Massage (NQF level five) — two years full time

Career opportunit­ies: own business or practice, hospitals, medical clinics, stress clinics, semimedica­l services at sport clubs and retirement villages.

Therapeuti­c Reflexolog­y: Diploma in Therapeuti­c Reflexolog­y (NQF level five) — two years full time

Career opportunit­ies: own business or practice, hospitals, medical clinics, stress clinics, semimedica­l services at sport clubs and retirement villages.

Aromathera­py: Diploma in Therapeuti­c Aromathera­py (NQF level five) — two years full time

Career opportunit­ies: own business or practice, hospitals, medical clinics, stress clinics, semimedica­l services at sport clubs and retirement villages.

SAAHST Courses:

Cosmetolog­y: Certificat­e in Cosmetolog­y (NQF level four) — two years full time.

Career opportunit­ies: cosmetic consultant, assistant in beauty salons, cosmetic counter assistant, assistant in hair salons, chain stores, nail technician, provide services at airlines by pampering passengers, provide services at sports clubs or leisure centres, specialise in a particular field e.g. make-up or nail artistry, move into other related areas such as marketing, sales and retailing.

Hairdressi­ng: National Certificat­e in Hairdressi­ng (levels two, three and four) — two years full time

Career opportunit­ies: hair salons, the film, TV and theatre industry, holiday resorts, health spas, luxury cruise liners and fashion shows.

In addition to our full-time courses we offer a full range of short courses across massage, beauty treatments, nail technology, photograph­y and make-up artistry, which allow students the opportunit­y to gain additional skills, work opportunit­ies and extended income once they complete their studies.

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Potchefstr­oom Academy and South African Academy for Hair and Skincare Technology offers a wide range of courses. Photos: Potchefstr­oom Academy, Nicolene Gonsalves, Etienne Du Preez and Mandie Erasmus.

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