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

Course Code: LC392


Level

08

Duration

4 years

Department

Sport, Leisure & Tourism


CAO Points

236

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

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

 

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.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Business Management for the Service Industry

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the core principles of business studies ( management, accounting and economics) and their application in the services sector and in particular the beauty/spa sector.


    Title: Research and Information Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce students to methods used for the purposes of academic and business research and to equip students with the foundations of statistics and IT skills required to undertake research.


    Title: Media Communications and Personal Development

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce personal, academic and career development within the context of the student’s programme of study, previous experiences and future aspirations. It will enable learners to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders in a commercial context. A particular focus on the development of knowledge, understanding and skills for communicating. Formal lectures and tutorials will introduce core concepts and explore application to case studies of work based problems. Active learning will support work-based learning, with participants acting as 'critical friends' to one another as they apply of theoretical learning to live scenarios. Students will be required to practice communication skills in particular real life situations and to present written reviews of same.


    Title: Aesthetics for Skin Care and Cosmestic Treatments

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module aims to equip learners with the theoretical underpining and practical skills required for the delivery of skin care, waxing, make up application and cosmetic treatments for eyes, hands and feet. Learners will develop key skills in order to select effective treatments for individual client requirements for assessment of treatments performed. To facilitate this, the module includes the application of a wide range of practical beauty and spa skills to provide the learner with an appropriate base of knowledge and skills in preparation for advanced technqiues and applications.


    Title: Applied Anatomy and Physiology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this applied module is to equip students with a knowledge of relevant anatomy and physiology of the human body. This is to enable students to understand how the body and its systems work together including the integumentary, circulatory, endocrine, lymphatic, muscular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, renal, reproductive and skeletal systems. How the body's systems relate to providing non‑invasive aesthetic and selected alternative therapies will be introduced, applied and assessed from both an applied and theoretical perspective. This module will provide essential underpinning knowledge and understanding for performing a variety of beauty and spa therapies and treatments.

     

     

     

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    Title: Introduction to the Beauty and Spa Industry

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the knowledge, understanding and skills required to ensure good salon and spa operations and customer care practices within the beauty and spa sector.


  • Year 2

    Title: Business Decision Making and Applications

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the core principles of budgeting, costing and managing cash flows and their application in industry. Learners will actively learn the use of widely recognised accounting packages.


    Title: Information Technology and E-Commerce

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will provide learners with a comprehensive knowledge of the key internet and web technologies that are critical to businesses with particular emphasis on planning & implementation of a functional enterprise website. In addition to practical web development skills, this module introduces learners to the context and importance of managing the digital presence of an organisation across different media and the potential that e-commerce holds for their industry sector.


    Title: Marketing Principles

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the principles of marketing and how it functions as a core part of the current business environment.


    Title: Aesthetics for Beauty and Spa Treatments

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will build on theoritical knowledge and practical acquired in Aesthetics for Skin Care and Cosmetics module by extending practiced competencies and skills in the application and assessment of beauty and spa treatments with particular emphasis on the conditions of the skin and nails and massage techniques. The influence of ageing processess on spa and beauty treatments will be explored in the context of nutrition, dermatolology, anatomy and physiology. In addition, the module aims to ensure learners professionally apply specialised skin care treatments, perform more advanced nail and hair removal techniques, massage technqiues and have a heightened awareness of treatment protocols including implementing established codes of ethic and underpining philosophy.


    Title: Law for the Beauty and Spa Industry

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the legal system and to give the learner a knowledge and understanding of selected areas of law relevant to the beauty and spa sector in the spa and wellness industry. This knowledge and understanding will give the learner a broad knowledge of how the legal system works, enable the learner to limit the legal exposure of the business and liaise effectively with legal advisers. As law is an ongoing and dynamic subject, the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as the case may be, to reflect developments in the law set out in this module.


    Title: Work Orientation Programme

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To provide the learner, through work experience, the opportunity to acquire skills and develop an understanding of his/her prospective role the Beauty and Spa sector


    Title: Cosmetic Sales & Retail

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide learners with the knowledge, skill and competencies to understand the diverse range of product lines in the beauty/spa sector. The learner will identify and understand the key ingredients used in all skincare and cosmetic products and the effects and uses they have in treatments. The learner will also gain an understanding of concepts such as sales, merchandising, upselling, customer segments, brand identity, product types and categories as main drivers in the retail sector of the beauty/ spa industry. Finally, the module will enable the learner to understand the current global trends and issues within the beauty/spa sector such as sustainability, ethical testing, and new product development.


  • Year 3

    Title: Human Resource Management

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the human resource management function in the context of the unique nature of the service workforce.


    Title: Entrepreneurship & Business Planning

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the entrepreneurial process and to equip them with the required skills to prepare a business plan relevant to their industry sector. The module aims to consolidate learners’ knowledge and skills in Market Research, Marketing, Operational and Financial Accounting discipline areas acquired in Stages 1 – 3 of their programme of study culminating in the preparation of a Business Plan with potential to transform creative ideas into commercially viable businesses.


    Title: Beauty and Spa Work Placement

    Credits: 30 Credits

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    The aim of the industrial placement component is to enhance formal academic education with experiential learning by allowing learners to develop inter-personal skills, a high level of client awareness, an integrated knowledge base and a strong professional identity within a tourism environment. Placement provides learners with valuable work experience that is relevant to the Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies with Beauty and Spa Management programme.


    Title: Advanced Therapies for Beauty and Spa

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This modules concentrates on skin rejuvenation, therapeutic techniques and advancements in technologies to equip students with the knowledge, skills and competencies in providing laser, intense pulsed light, chemical peel treatments, techniques and signature treatments. In so doing, this module will combine advances in skin rejuventation, electrotherapy for both the face and body and assess holistic and alternative therapies.


  • Year 4

    Title: Strategic Management

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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.


    Title: Financial Management

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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: 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 Credits

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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: Global beauty and spa trends

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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.


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.