Diploma in Somatology

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 health and skin care, Somatology provides you with more in depth knowledge and skills compared to a basic beauty course. This internationally-recognised qualification has been pioneered and perfected at the Academy over a period of more than 36 years, and will open many doors for you in the industry.

Most of our Somatology graduates can be found working in places ranging from Skin Care Clinics to Cruise Liners. So if you are serious about the wellness industry, and want a serious qualification to go with it, then look no further than our Diploma in Somatology.

 
NQF Level 6 (360 credits)
SAQA ID: 83046
Duration:
3 Years, Full-time
Admission Requirements:
A National Senior Certificate (NSC)
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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 Points Score (APS) in excess of 24 (twenty four).

The points 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 points rating with no one subject weighted more than any other.

Recognition of prior learning

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.


Modules

Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology (105)
Anatomy and Physiology forms the basis of everything that you will encounter as a Somatologist. It is essential to have an in depth knowledge and understanding of the structure (anatomy) of the human body and certain dermatological conditions on the skin.

Biotics (105)
In order to have a holistic approach towards therapy, it is essential to have a proper understanding of the role exercise plays in the well-being of individuals and being able to advise clients on a balanced lifestyle.

Nutrition (105)
Optimal health is impossible without good nutrition. With the knowledge that good nutrition and optimal health are interrelated, it is essential to achieve a thorough understanding of the various components of a healthy diet.

 

Business Practice (105)
The importance of entrepreneurship and small business management is the driving force behind the free market economy. It is essential that students in the Health and Skin Care discipline have a thorough understanding of the environment in which they will operate, whether as an employee or employer. The aim therefore, is to prepare students for this environment in which they will operate.

Somatology (105) Theory and Practical
A subject that is based on the integration of sound theory knowledge into the following practical modules: Manual Facial Treatments, Swedish body massage, Body exfoliation and wraps, Body analysis, Manicure and Pedicure, Hair removal, Electrical Epilation, Hot Stone Massage, Day, Evening and Bridal Make-up

Cosmetic Science (105)
The purpose of this subject is to highlight the basic principles of Cosmetic Science, enabling the student to comprehend much of the literature of everyday cosmetic pharmacology and cosmetology.



Year 2

Anatomy and Physiology (206)
In order to treat clients with a holistic approach it is essential to have in depth knowledge and understanding of the functions (physiology) of the human body and certain dermatological conditions on the skin.

Biotics (206)
The purpose of the subject is to enable a student to fully understand and identify stress and the role physical exercise plays in the management of stress; to become familiar with the different types of injuries incurred by athletes and fully understands the special needs of the pregnant client.

Nutrition (206)
Being able to provide clients with proper advice plays an integral part in the longevity of your client/therapist relationships. The aim of Nutrition is to supply you with an arsenal of nutritional advice based on sound principles and knowledge, specifically relating to supplementation.

Business Management (206)
In managing a business of any sort, it is also essential that there is a proper understanding of interpersonal relationships and social psychology. Specific focus is also placed on all aspects of management, including purchasing and selling of products, financial management, marketing, controlling of retail stock and spa management.

 

Somatology (206) Theory and Practical
A subject that is based on the integration of sound theory knowledge into the following practical modules: Electrotherapy incorporated in to body and skin treatments, Advanced Skin Analysis, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Manual Lymph Drainage, Electrical Epilation, Advanced Make-up Techniques including stage make-up and Hair Removal Techniques

Cosmetic Science (206)
The purpose of this subject is to highlight the basic principles of Physics and Chemistry, as they apply to aesthetics and health and skin care therapy to make them accessible to students in this field. Without a sound scientific understanding, the application of therapy would not be creative or innovative, but would remain mechanical.

Introduction to Research Methodology (206)
The purpose of the subject is to provide students with an understanding of the research process, enabling them to compile a research statement and perform a comprehensive Literature Review.



Year 3

Anatomy and Physiology (306)
An in depth study of the disease process and the effect of abnormalities in the various systems (Cell/tissue structure, Skin structure, skeletal system, Muscular system, Nervous system, Endocrine system, cardiovascular system, Lymphatic system, Immune system, Gastro–intestinal tract, Respiratory system, Urinary system, Reproductive system) of the human body.

Business Planning (307)
Many Somatologists dream of one day opening their own business. This subject will therefore equip students with the necessary skills to compile a comprehensive business plan and operational manuals.

Somatology (307) Theory and Practical
A subject that is based on the integration of sound theory knowledge into the following practical modules: Waxing, Electrical Epilation, Chemical Peelings, Microdermabrasion, Advanced Aromatherapy, Laser and Plastic Surgery, Spa and Hydrotherapy, Advanced Massage techniques and Thai Massage.

 

Chemistry of Oils (306)
An in depth study of the sources and structure of organic compounds, the basic chemistry and constituents of essential oils and an understanding of the properties of essential oils when performing specific treatment plans for clients.

Research Principles and Practice (307)
The purpose of the subject is to provide students with an understanding of the research process, enabling them to perform a case study and write up the findings in line with a scientific research approach.



Career Opportunities

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

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



National and International Affiliations

 

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