Course Information and Fees

Diploma: SOMATOLOGY diploma


Diploma: (diploma)

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 for all treatments where all aspects of the individual are taken into consideration to maintain and improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of a client.

Career Information
The course is designed to include a range of therapies such as: facial therapies, body therapies such as massage and slimming treatments and electrotherapy; hand and foot care (manicures and pedicures), hair removal techniques such as epilation and waxing, make-up application and complementary therapies such as reflexology, shiatsu and aromatherapy. The Somatologists has to be a well-rounded individual with good physical health, emotional strength and maturity. Furthermore, Somatologists must be able to treat and advise their clients on a one to one basis with various people with many different physical and psychological needs.

Career Opportunities
Somatologists work within the skin and health care industry focusing on the overall health and wellness of an individual. Somatologists are able to work within a diverse industry both nationally and internationally. There are a number of exciting opportunities available to them and these include: Salon skin and body therapist; Salon manager or owner; Wellness and skincare clinics; Spa/medi-spa therapist; Spa/medi-spa/resort manager; Cruise ship employment opportunities; Medical aesthetics practices; Cosmetic consultant; Sales, marketing and training representative; Beauty/health and wellness editor/Journalist and a Beauty/health and wellness educator or lecturer. Marketing and training positions are also available in national and international cosmetic companies and equipment houses and retail outlets. Many Somatologists work in partnership with other health care professional.

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 one of 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.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Career Advantage
The Department of Wellness Sciences (Somatology) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology offers internationally recognised qualifications; namely a Diploma in Somatology (NQF level 7) and a BTech in Somatology. The National Diploma in Somatology has been replaced with the Diploma in Somatology as of 2018, and the BTech degree is currently being phased out in 2019, to be replaced with the Advanced Diploma in Somatology starting in 2021.

Defined as the scientific study of the body with a particular focus on health and skin care, Somatology provides a more holistic approach by treating the body as a whole. Somatology is a multi-disciplined profession where somatologists treat a variety of skin and body conditions. The specific focus is on facial and body therapies, massage therapies, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymph drainage, stress management, complementary therapies, the provision of nutritional advice as well as advanced therapies which include a range of anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation treatments.

The course in Somatology is ideally suited to the dedicated and mature person who has an interest in health and skincare, and seeks to become a well-trained Somatologist. The course is comprehensive and exacting and only those who are really committed will experience the satisfaction of success through diligent study. The emphasis is on theoretical and practical proficiency.

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Compulsory subject(s):
41740 ZAR

Second Year

Compulsory subject(s):
33140 ZAR

Third Year

Compulsory subject(s):
27350 ZAR

Experiential Learning
Experiential learning in the Wellness Clinic (internal work integrated learning) and in health and skincare clinics (external work integrated learning) takes place during the second and third year of study.

First time applicants need to fill out the following documents attached:

1) Biographical questionnaire
2) Medical Report

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time /

Course is offered on District Six Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Mrs Noleen Miller
Telephone: 021 460 3189
Fax: -

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2021 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.