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BA (Hons) in Business Studies with Beauty & Spa Management

Course Code: LC392


Level

8

Duration

4 Years

Department

Sport, Leisure & Tourism


CAO Points

236

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

The BA (Honours) in Business Studies with Beauty and Spa Management will appeal to students who wish to pursue a management career in the beauty and spa industry.

This Honours Degree programme aims to equip graduates with professional practical skills and theoretical knowledge relevant to the beauty and spa services sector. It also emphasises the importance of business acumen to manage within the sector, as well as excellence in technical skills across a range of spa and beauty treatments and therapies. To achieve this, this programme fosters in the student specific beauty and spa technical skills, in addition to applied business competencies to prepare them to contribute effectively in the wider world of beauty and spa.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Cert

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Foundation Level Mathematics at grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this programme.                                                           

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

Who can I contact?

View our Beauty & Spa CAO presentation and Q&A session

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Media Communications and Personal Development

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    Title: Aesthetics for Skin Care and Cosmetic Treatments

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    Title: Applied Anatomy and Physiology

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    Title: Business Management for the Service Industry

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    Title: Introduction to the Beauty and Spa Industry

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    Title: Research and Information Technology

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  • Year 2

    Title: Aesthetics for Beauty and Spa Treatments

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    Title: Business Decision Making and Applications

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    Title: Cosmetic Sales and Retail Work Orientation

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    Title: Information Technology and E-Commerce

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    Title: Law for the Beauty and Spa Industry

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    Title: Marketing Principles

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  • Year 3

    Title: Advanced Therapies for Beauty and Spa

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    Title: Beauty and Spa Work Placement

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    Title: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning

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    Title: Human Resources Management

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  • Year 4

    Title: Financial Management

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is for learners to appreciate the role that financial management plays in organisations and to apply the core concepts to help learners make strategic decisions which will allow them, as managers, to successfully manage and grow organisations.


    Title: Global Beauty and Spa Trends

    Credits: 10

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    This module aims to develop students understanding of the ever-changing beauty and spa industry and of the macro environment and the context it operates within. It will also enable students develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to enable them to identify and be fully aware of current trends within the beauty and spa industry. Finally, this module will equip students with the necessary skills which will enable them to undertake graduate level employment within this industry.


    Title: Marketing Management

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to broaden learners knowledge of marketing strategy and application of service marketing management concepts. This learning is augmented by active engagement in an integrated consultancy project for a real-life organisation in the learners’ industry sector as well as exemplar case studies.


    Title: Research Thesis

    Credits: 20

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    The aim of the research thesis module is to consolidate learners’ knowledge from previous years in a capstone research thesis in Beauty and Spa Management

    This module provides students with the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest by producing a self-managed, analytical, in-depth evaluation of a relevant area of study. It provides the student with the opportunity to research a chosen and approved topic in depth and to draw on previous studies. Students will be able to pursue an empirical study with an applied focus concentrating on beauty and spa if they wish. However, the opportunity will also be there to undertake a conceptual literature based study. This module will enable students to demonstrate that they can take substantial responsibility for their own learning. It does this by affording the opportunity to choose, undertake and report upon a major investigation of a relevant beauty and spa topic and/or in conjunction with the beauty and spa industry.

    Students’ will define a clear research question and identify the objectives of their research and then review and synthesise existing knowledge in a literature review. Students’ will design the research method and collect the data and in turn they will analyse and critically discuss their results in relation to their research question and objectives. By challenging students to manage their own learning, the research thesis makes a major contribution to their overall Level 8 classification process.


    Title: Strategic Management

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s analytical skills and decision making ability by integrating the various disciplines and functions studied to date. It will focus on the role of strategic management in the industry and the importance of strategic decisions at all levels of the organisation. Strategic management theory is applied through an integrated consultancy project and case study analysis.


What are the career prospects?

A graduate will find a diverse range of career opportunities both in Ireland and abroad and they can expect to find employment in a variety of roles such as, beauty therapist, advanced skincare therapist, beauty and spa consultant, makeup artistry, employment for talented individuals in fashion, stage and TV makeup and Spa and Beauty Product Salesperson.

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Exams

Students will complete the I.T.E.C. and C.I.B.T.A.C. external examinations during the duration of the programme. These are both internationally recognised qualifications.

 

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