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The Department of Wellness Sciences at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology offers a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Somatology.

Diploma in Somatology

The Diploma in Somatology programme is aimed to equip graduates with the required knowledge and skills to provide basic and advanced skin and body care treatments that will enhance and maintain aesthetics and well-being aspects of clients. Graduates will be able to apply the appropriate preventative and remedial face and body therapies, technologies and strategies to achieve, promote and maintain physical and emotional balance and well-being.

Qualified Somatologists assess and provide relevant treatments for a variety of skin and body conditions. The programme also includes aesthetic aspects of the skin and body such as make-up, temporary or permanent hair removal as well as on hand and foot treatments. The cornerstone of all treatments is the holistic approach, where all aspects of the individual are taken into consideration to maintain and improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of a client.

At the end of the third-year, our students have the option to enrol for the CIDESCO examination that is internationally recognised and recommended for candidates who wish to work abroad. CIDESCO is the world’s most prestigious qualification in aesthetics and wellness therapies. This kind of qualification encourages exchange of professional knowledge within the field of Somatology and provides international recognition to the therapist in the Somatology industry.

Advanced Diploma : Somatology

The department offers an Advanced Diploma in Somatology that will allow students to broaden their scope of practice, with new knowledge and skills in advanced therapies and a focus on anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation techniques. This programme affords graduates the opportunity to advance their studies in the wellness sciences, allowing them to specialise in sought-after wellness therapies with an emphasis on scientific research. Graduates will be equipped to apply advanced wellness therapies, will be able to manage or start up a business enterprise with proficiency, and have the capacity to undertake research projects in wellness sciences.